Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
The library has the Final Report, interviews and other volumes produced by RCAP.
The Woodland Cultural Centre is the successor to the Mohawk Institute Residential School. As such, the WCC Library strives to maintain as many resources as possible on Residential Schools in particular the Mohawk Institute. Learn more about residential schools at www.wherearethechildren.ca, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation www.ahf.ca, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission www.trc.ca.
Many survivors of the Mohawk Institute return to show their children and grandchildren where they went to school and to find proof they were here in order to receive compensation. The Anglican Church ran the Mohawk Institute from the 1830s to 1970.
The library also has the book The Mush Hole by Elizabeth Graham for sale at $40.00 if you want to come in and pick it up. The Mush Hole contains interviews with former students of the Mohawk Institute and Mount Elgin residential schools.
In addition to books and other materials donated by the Department of Indian Affairs when they closed the Residential Schools, the WCC Library collects curriculum resources on Native Studies for primary and secondary schools. Teacher resources produced by First Nations as well as other departments of Education are actively collected.
Exhibition catalogues produced by the Woodland Cultural Centre tend to be major research documents as well as listings of works in the exhibitions. Information about Native artists as well as catalogues of their exhibitions are a major part of the WCC Library collections.
Annemarie Shimony Collection
The two anthropologists who studied and worked at Six Nations of the Grand River donated major parts of their collections to the Woodland Cultural Centre Library. These are Annemarie Shimony, who is the author of Conservatism Among the Iroquois at the Grand River and Sally Weaver, who is author of Medicine and Politics on the Grand River.
Most of the other collections that have been donated are catalogued as Special Collections and the donors are listed in the subject. Much of the material in the Special Collections is rare and out of print.
The Canadian Book Exchange deserves special mention. The WCC Library has added hundreds of books and journals from them to its collections and an annual trip to Ottawa was a top priority till they closed their warehouse. Much of this material was not available from other sources. While digitization is a major priority of the National Library, you can not rely on having many of the online Aboriginal resources available indefinitely. Hard copies, microfilm and downloads of information are requirements.
Sally Weaver Collection
The Woodland Cultural Centre Language Department is the focus of many First Nation language initiatives and has published and supported many language materials including dictionaries and teaching materials. While the WCC Language Department has its own library the WCC Research Library has copies of many of these resources.
Theses and dissertations
Most researchers who have used the WCC Research Library have donated a copy of their thesis. The library has an initiative in partnership with the Six Nations Public Library to provide as many Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations either about Woodland Nations or written by local scholars.
The WCC Library subscribed to a press clipping service from the early 1970s to the middle of the 1990s. Since the advent of the Internet and the reduction in funding newspaper clippings have not been actively added to the collection. However donations of scrapbooks and emails of relevant clippings are added whenever possible.
Angela Files [photo 18] has donated genealogical materials and is planning to donate her scrapbook collection to the WCC Library.
Many newspapers have generously donated subscriptions to the WCC Library including the Tekawennake, Windspeaker, Anishinabek News, Indian Life, Kahtou, and Metis Voyageur. Individuals occasionally drop off copies of Mazina’igan and Turtle Island News.
Older newspapers from the past are housed in the WCC Library but have not been catalogued or inventoried yet.
Donations of scrapbooks and newspapers are always welcome.
The WCC Library has not had the financial resources to continue to subscribe to all the titles held here. However some subscriptions are donated and the Library is raising funds to bring its collections up to date.
Many journals are available as e-journals online but these are not always available back to the first issue and many Native journals are not digitized at all. Having hard copies of as many journals as possible and providing the table of contents in the WCC online catalogue makes this a unique resource.
The Ohsweken Genealogy Society has met at the WCC Library twice in recent years. While Genealogy is not a major focus of the collections, many of the older out of print materials provide exceptional information to genealogists. Lists of cemetery internments and church records are major sources of information. Census records and other genealogical sources are also listed but not complete.