Ontario Tech announces naming of newest building Shawenjigewining Hall

July 5, 2021
Ontario Tech University has announced the naming of its newest building, Shawenjigewining Hall, to honour kindness and friendship. The name Shawenjigewining is an Anishinaabe word that means “The Kind Place.” The name was announced at a traditional Indigenous naming ceremony which followed Indigenous protocols, including lighting a sacred fire, smudging, an honour song, a pipe ceremony, and a water blessing. “I am grateful to all those involved in holding Ontario Tech’s first Indigenous naming ceremony,” said Catherine Davidson, Co-chair of the President’s Indigenous Reconciliation Task Force at Ontario Tech. “Choosing an Indigenous name for the building reflects the university’s commitment to work towards reconciliation and celebrates Indigenous cultures and ways of knowing.” Ontario Tech (ON)