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Director of Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, Algoma University (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) - Expires May 31, 2018


Algoma University has a special mission, as articulated in the Algoma University Act, to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Aboriginal communities and other communities, in keeping with the history of Algoma University and its geographic site, which was the home of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School from 1874 until its closure in 1970. Shingwauk Hall, built in 1934-35, remains central to the campus and a significant landmark of Sault Ste. Marie.

The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre is a joint initiative with the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association. The Director will report to the President of Algoma University and will work closely with, and also report to, the Heritage Committee, a group comprised mainly of residential school survivors. For more information on the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, visit

The Director will support the “sharing, healing and learning” mission of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre by directing the Centre’s activities, seeking funding in support of the Centre’s mission, and assuming overall responsibility for the Centre’s archival collections, working in close collaboration with the University Librarian. As well, the Director will work with the university’s administration, staff and students to deepen the understanding of the university’s special mission.

The successful applicant will have a graduate degree with a specialization in subject matter related to the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre mandate of ‘sharing, healing, and learning’ in relation to the legacy of the Residential Schools. Expert knowledge and understanding of Anishinaabe (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) history and present day concerns are essential, and substantial experience working professionally in research, education and communications relating to the legacy and impact of Residential Schools would be an asset.

Algoma University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusivity within our community and is an equal opportunity employer. The university invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by Algoma University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

Application packages should include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, a statement of future objectives and the names and contact information of at least three referees. Application materials should be submitted as a single combined PDF with the file name identifying the applicant. Applicants are welcome to include sample publications and a statement of research interests if relevant.

Please submit applications before May 31, 2018 by e-mail to

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