Friends of the Library

The WCC Library is a collaboration of staff and users who together collect and document the resources and collections held by the library. Without these partnerships the WCC Library would not be the phenomenal resource that it is.

Most people who walk through the doors of the Woodland Cultural Centre Library become lifelong friends who come back to volunteer, bring the librarian a coffee, donate a book or two, or just say hello and catch up on what’s new.

Celine Vukson is currently doing her PhD at Trent University . Celine was a summer student at the Library in 2007 and has been a regular volunteer ever since.

Celine and her daughters Juliana and Laura came for a visit February 11, 2011 to introduce Laura Marie, Juliana’s daughter to the library. Laura took the opportunity to introduce her niece to a picture of the Prophet in one of the Young Readers books and to show off the quilt that Grandma conducted a workshop to make.

In the summer of 2007 Celine participated in WCC’s summer festival making baskets with the women from Chiapas, Mexico and conducting a beading workshop .


Each summer the WCC Library receives grants from organizations like G.R.E.A.T. and NPAAMB to hire summer students. Students are involved in all aspects of library work including jacketing books with laminate and processing books from start to finish. Many also have the opportunity to assist researchers to find materials and participate in WCC programs.

WorkForce Connections has provided placements for Corinne Hill and Sue Johnson to work in the Library. Both have brought their expertise in archaeology and plant medicines to the Library.

Anna Rowe was the second Mohawk College student to do her Library Technician fieldwork placement at the WCC Library. Anna currently works at the Brantford Public Library.

Virginia Hill and Miranda White are WIT (Women’s Information Tech Support – Help Desk) Interns from OSTTC who assisted the library in cleaning up the computers, install software, and teach the librarian some of their newfound knowledge as well as learned how a library functions.


Most researchers at the WCC Library want to give back both as a thank you for assistance with their research and to help expand the library collections for future users. In addition to donating a copy of their thesis, many students donate copies of the books, journal articles and other research they have come across elsewhere to enhance the WCC collections.

Evan Habkirk started with volunteer hours as a student at Laurier Brantford and came back to do research on his M.A. at Trent. In addition to organizing the Warrior Files in the Library, Evan donated a copy of his M.A. thesis Militarism, Sovereignty, and Nationalism: Six Nations and the First World War. Evan is currently researching participants in the War of 1812 and has been hired as a researcher with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  Today Evan is pursuing his doctorate at the University of Western Ontario.

Naohiro Nakamura studied the Woodland Cultural Centre Museum for his PhD and not only donated a copy of his dissertation but many of the books he purchased during his studies on Indigenous art. Dr. Nakamura is currently teaching at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick .

Jarvis Brownlie, a professor at the University of Manitoba , came in to research personal letters from the mid-1800s and donated a copy of her book A Fatherly Eye when she came.

Leona Moses brought a group of Ambassadors to the Truth and Reconciliation Commision to tour the Mohawk Institute residential school and the Woodland Cultural Centre facilities for change. Ambassadors had a chance to speak with Corinne Hill and Tahni Welch as well as tour the library. The library has an extensive collection of materials on Residential Schools and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation publications.

The Ohsweken Genealogy Society has had two of their meetings at the WCC library and found many resources for their searches. While Genealogy is not a major focus of the library there are a lot of valuable resources in the collections.

Music and curriculum are also major areas of study. Nan Coolsma is doing her PhD at York University and Marian Archibald finished hers at the University of British Columbia.  Marian is currently teaching at Trent University.  Not only do they both volunteer in the library and with the Six Nations Spelling Bee but have made the CAMAs an annual outing with the librarian.

Naomi Johnson took advantage of the wireless Internet while researching for a workshop at the WCC Museum.

Chance encounters happen all the time at the WCC library. Zig Misiak who is researching the War of 1812 met Brian de Ruiter from Brock University . Brock’s library has an extensive collection of materials on the War of 1812. Brian is researching Native cinema and has found the only copies of the journal Aboriginal Voices around to be here at the WCC library.

Keith Jamieson, curator of the War of 1812 exhibit at the WCC Museum introduced Linda Stanley to the WCC Library resources on the War of 1812.

Kandace Bogaert is one of the many students from surrounding universities doing her research at the WCC library. Kandace is from McMaster University and is researching the Spanish flu of 1918.

Lucia Occhetti from Universita’ Degli Studi Di Torino did her Tesi Di Laurea “Netogye: niyohto:k ogwa nigoha”, (“Questo rimarra nelle nostre menti”) La lingua veicolo per la conservazione di cultura e identita nella Riserva di Six Nations, Canada in 2005-2006 and donated a copy to the Woodland Cultural Centre Library.