The team of Moriyama & Teshima Architects and Smoke Architecture is very proud that Mukwa Waakaa’igan Indigenous Centre of Cultural Excellence at Algoma University is the recipient of a 2022 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence.
This project, set to commence construction next year in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is a a cross-cultural learning facility dedicated to healing, cultural preservation, dialogue, and transformation. Working with the University and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, the goal is to teach the truth about the residential school system’s history in Canada, and work toward healing and reconciliation. The design concept imagines a sloped configuration that recalls Mukwa — meaning Bear, the healer and protector — rising from the ground, walking to the north in the direction of the Spirits. This lifted position provides visitors a stronger, more dominant and dignified vantage point from which to look upon the site’s history.
Learn more about Mukwa Waakaa’igan and its impact by reading this month’s issue of Canadian Architect magazine, linked here.