Algoma, Shingwauk students vote not to participate in Canada 150 events

June 27, 2017

The Algoma University Students’ Union voted unanimously last week not to sanction or endorse any events related to the celebration of Canada 150. The campaign to refuse participation in Canada 150 events was led by Algoma student Quinn Meawasige, who argues that “those policies at the time of Confederation were designed to eliminate the Indigenous people. ... I just don’t feel like celebrating that.” Students at Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, which has a formal relationship with Algoma, have also voted to oppose Canada 150 celebrations on Algoma’s campus. Algoma has issued a statement saying that it has planned a number of special events on campus for the country’s 150th birthday, but that it also recognizes the negative effects of colonialism and that it is important to acknowledge that Canada must continue to address historical issues. Waterloo Region Record | | Soo Today  | Algoma