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Calling All Indigenous Artists!

Woodland Cultural Centre

Call for Entry 

May 26 – July 27, 2018

The Woodland Cultural Centre is a longstanding Cultural Centre of Excellence that promotes and supports the Visual Arts of Canada. Established in 1975, Indigenous Art (formerly known as First Nations Art) is one of the longest running annual exhibits that provide established and emerging Indigenous artists an excellent opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a fine art gallery setting. The Centre is extending an invitation to all artists of Indigenous ancestry to submit up to three works of art, for presentation in this year’s Indigenous Art!

Requirements for submissions will consist of RECENT (1-2 year) works by artists (18+) of Indigenous ancestry and will be juried by the Artistic Director and selected jurors.


A) Painting in any media (oil, acrylic, watercolour)
B) Drawings and prints in any media (including photographic)
C) Sculpture in any media (including pottery)
D) Installations (include plans and images for proposed work)
E) Traditionally-based works (bead, quill and leather work)

Only up to THREE works may be submitted.
All paintings, drawings and prints must be framed and/or READY TO HANG – if works do not meet gallery display standard they will be subject to disqualification.


DOWNLOAD THE SUBMISSION FORMS for additional information!

Indigenous Art Entry Form 01

Indigenous Art Entry Form 02


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Welcome our new Tours Registrar!

We would like to introduce you to our new Tours Registrar, Julia Garlow, who is covering the position while Courtney is on maternity leave. Say hello next time you are in.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brantford / Six Nations, ON (January 10, 2018) – The Woodland Cultural Centre (WCC), a leader in the field of First Nations museum exhibitions, artistic endeavors, research facilities and cultural programming, is delighted to present two new exhibitions: “Despite All Misconception and Loss…” and “…since forever…” both opening January 22, 2018.

“Despite All Misconception and Loss…” is a solo – retrospective exhibition featuring works by Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) artist Kelly Greene. Her body of work focuses on the meaning and implications of “commemoration” of national events and her own dubious sentiments towards their celebration. Kelly Greene has created works that without waver have been grounded in revealing hidden historical narratives and our relationships with the earth. The range of subject matter is personal to the artist and most often presents sensitive issues for Canadians including: land claims, nationalism, residential school, religion and the costs of our environmental consumption.

“…since forever…” is a celebration of Indigenous existence, resistance and survival. From its inception, this exhibition has recognized the importance of critical reflection upon Indigenous peoples’ inherent right to be heard. The thematic content of the works each address celebration juxtaposed with history. Their work was not produced in the service of a sesquicentennial anniversary. Theirs is an honest statement from the perspective of Indigenistance. In this respect, …since forever… contributes to the dialogue and process of healing and reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and Canadians.

Featured Artists: Tracey Anthony, Elizabeth Doxtater, Barbara-Helen Hill

The Woodland Cultural Centre gratefully acknowledges the continued support from Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the government of Canada for making these exhibitions possible.

We invite the public to attend an Artist Tea & Round Table discussion – January 28, 2018 at 2:00PM at the Woodland Cultural Centre. Participating artists include: Kelly Greene, Barbara-Helen Hill, and Elizabeth Doxtater, moderated by Artistic Director – Naomi Johnson.


For more information, please call 519.759.2650 or visit

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The Woodland Cultural Centre continues to be a recommender for two Ontario Arts Council Programs: Exhibition Assistance & Indigenous Visual Artists’ Materials. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm.


Purpose: The program provides grants of $500 to $1,500 to assist individual artists with costs related to presenting their work in an exhibition.

Eligibility: This program is open to Ontario-based professional visual artists, craft artists, media artists and artist collectives who have a confirmed, upcoming public exhibition. Exhibitions in Ontario, in other Canadian provinces and in international locations are all eligible. Students enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate level studies are not eligible.

Deadline: January 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

The minimum grant is $500; the maximum is $1,500.



Purpose: The program supports Ontario-based First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists working in the visual arts, crafts or traditional/customary Indigenous art forms to create art work. Grants of $500 help cover the cost of buying art materials and supplies. This program funds Materials and art supplies, e.g. wood, fabric, thread, stone, leather hides, sinew, beads, needles, photographic printing, inks, metals, paint, canvas, paper, pencils, etc. Small tools, for making the art work, or for harvesting or gathering materials, e.g. blades, carving tools, awls, scissors, etc., cost of transporting or shipping materials and supplies.

Eligibility: Artists who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit. Applicants must be Ontario residents with a permanent physical address in Ontario.

Deadline: January 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

The maximum grant is $500.


For more information, please contact the Arts Department at

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The Woodland Cultural Centre would like to welcome back our Artistic Director, Naomi Johnson, from maternity leave.

Naomi Johnson (Mohawk) from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, creates, develops and coordinates artistic exhibitions and public programming at Woodland Cultural Centre and with other partner institutions. Naomi has had several years’ experience within the arts as a visual artist, community artist, and curator. Naomi has a BFA honours – Visual Arts – from York University and a diploma in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria. In 2013 she was hired as the Woodland Cultural Centre’s first Artistic Director. During this time she has curated several art exhibitions including the group exhibition Origins (2013) and the solo show Kent Monkman (2014). Other notable programs include the Tehonkieron:nions (They are Entertaining) performing arts series. Naomi is also an active member of several committees and boards including: the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, The ‘Save the Evidence’ Committee and The Six Nations Cultural Experience Committee.

Welcome back Naomi!

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Woodland Cultural Centre is happy to announce we have been approved for funding assistance to continue supporting Indigenous artists! 
Please click on the following links for more information:
The minimum grant is $500; the maximum is $1,500.
Woodland Cultural Centre will be accepting applications up until January 15, 2018.

The grant amount is $500.
Woodland Cultural Centre has set the following two deadlines for applications; October 22, 2017 and January 15, 2018.

Contact Gyeho Thomas for more information

519-759-2650 ext 243

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WCC Library Closing Temporarily

Due to construction on the Mohawk the building, the Woodland Cultural Centre Library will be moving into storage until the building reopens.  Staff will be moving to the Museum and will be available by appointment Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm.  Thank you for your patience during the restoration.

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The Woodland Cultural Centre is seeking a highly motivated individual to assist in the Museum Education department.  The role of the Education Outreach Cultural Interpreter will be to provide off site presentations and workshops based on the Haudenosaunee and Ongwehonweh culture.


Preference will be given to applicants of First Nations ancestry.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Research and become familiar with the Education Department, the Cultural Centre’s museum facilities, workshops that we provide and information of the Residential School.
  • Research and become familiar with the traditional lifestyles and cultural objects.
  • Become familiar and be able to present existing presentations and workshops
  • Research and create other presentations to address current First Nations issues.
  • Present residential school information sessions
  • Be able to conduct guided tours of the Centre; including the museum, art galleries, outdoor exhibits, facilitate craft workshops and all other supplementary tour activities; individually and cooperatively as may be needed.
  • Complete other tasks (i.e. clerical, craft preparation, etc.) as assigned.


Qualifications and Skills:

    • Possess good communication skills
    • Comfortable with public speaking
    • Possess knowledge of Residential School, specifically Mohawk Institute.
    • Have understanding of history of Six Nations and Haudenosaunee culture.
    • Reliable and demonstrate interpersonal and problem solving skills


  • Understand the social and political context of the Woodland Cultural Centre Museum, Education program and Art galleries to First Nations
  • A degree in First Nations Studies or equivalent work experience


    • Confident in Cultural knowledge an advantage


  • Ability to speak languages of the Haudenosaunee an asset



Must have own transportation


Application Deadline:

Monday August 21, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Contract Start date:

Monday August 28, 2017

Full-time yearly contract subject to the availability of funding


$15/hr. x  30 hours weekly


If interested, please send cover letter and resumé to:  

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street

Brantford, ON   N3S 2X2    Attn:  Lorrie Gallant

Note:  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Shelley Niro’s Battle of my Ancestors has arrived at Woodland Cultural Centre!


We are happy to announce the arrival of Shelley Niro’s work Battlefields of my Ancestors that will be installed along the driveway leading up to the Mohawk Institute Residential School until Thanksgiving weekend in October 2017. The arrival of 6 images currently on display at Ryerson University (April 28 – August 13) will complete the exhibition in late August.


Woodland Cultural Centre would like to thank Tom Hill, Lead Maintenance for installing this beautiful work. Thank you to the Museum and Arts Departments who have worked with Bonnie Rubenstein and Benjamin Freedman from Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival for making this possible. Thank you to Ontario Arts Council and Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

For more than 30 years, multidisciplinary artist Shelley Niro (Mohawk, Turtle Clan) has chronicled the land of the Mohawks – part of the confederacy of Six Nations called the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois. She has repeatedly followed her ancestors; migration route from Upstate New York, where she was born, to the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory near Brantford, Ontario, where she was raised, to photograph the regions that hold significance for her people. Niro has documented the sites of the Cayuga villages destroyed during the American Revolutionary War (1775 – 1783), and the environs of the Grand River that were subsequently deeded to the Six Nations. Her images point to unresolved land claims made by descendants of the Cayuga people, some of whom were sovereign allies to the British on Canada’s battlefields.

Niro’s photographs are presented here alongside the driveway to the Mohawk Institute Residential School – a place where many cultural traditions were taken from the First Nations people. The images speak to a highly contentious past and offer a different perspective on “official” narratives. While Niro’s installation commemorates lives and land lost in historic beliefs, it is also a call to action against ongoing injustice. The photographs taken in the United States are positioned in opposition to those taken in Canada.