Previous Events

October 9: Lecture Series with Allan Downey author of The Creator’s Game


Allan Downey is the author of The Creator’s Game – the history of lacrosse. In this Lecture he describes how the game was used by Indigenous people to resist the residential school experiences and display their sovereignty.

This event is Free for all to Attend.


Lecture to take place at:

Wilfred Laurier University, Research and Academic Centre

150 Dalhousie St


7- 9PM




SEPT 30: Orange Shirt Day Programming for Students and Educators


A special announcement to all Educators!

On Monday September 30th, Woodland Cultural Centre will be welcoming schools across Ontario for a day of education, truth, and reconciliation on the nationally recognized Orange Shirt Day. This is a full day of events, speakers, and workshops running from 9:30am – 2pm and has been specifically programmed for students Grade 5+.

Space is very limited for this event

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange Shirt Day is a a day where the entire country comes together, wearing orange, to recognize and acknowledge the history of Residential Schools in Canada. Our goal is to ensure education systems and schools participate in a meaningful experience related to the history and legacy of Residential Schools.

Our education staff has carefully crafted our programming to teach students and teachers, to help them understand the effects of the Residential School system and create a deeper more meaningful connection to the Indigenous roots of Canada.

** VERY LIMITED SPACE so please email Immediately to secure your spot **

Why Bring Your Class? Read More Here

SEPT 29: Survivors Gathering 2019


On Sunday, September 29th we welcome Residential School Survivors, their families, our surrounding communities, friends, neighbours; and the public at-large for a day of workshops and presentations.

The event will culminate in a healing walk from the steps of the former Mohawk Institute to the end of the lane way before returning to the centre for the final roster of workshops and the keynote address.

Our vision is to create a healing space for Survivors, their families, and our communities.

Speakers and Schedule TBA on our website

Where: Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk ST, Brantford ON, N3S 2X2

When: September 29th 1pm – 5pm


🔸 Interactive Drop in Workshops
🔸 Survivor Stories
🔸 Sacred Fire
🔸 Guest Speakers
🔸 Food Vendors
🔸 Brick Tours
🔸 Healing Walk

Six Nations Authors Double Book Launch and Reading, Sept 21 2019

Woodland Cultural Centre has always supported Indigenous writers, and houses one of the provinces larges First Nation book collections.

Bookland Press is proud to present two new titles by two Six Nations authors!

Marie Hess and Janet Rogers invite you to their double book in celebration of their newly released titles. Going Back Home is Marie Hess’s bravely written residential school memoir.

Tsi Niió:re Enkarakhoténhseke is the Mohawk language edition of Janet Rogers’ poetry collection As Long As the Sun Shines translated by Jeremy Green.

Both authors will be joined by guest readers; Marie Hess’s sisters will provide introductions and Candace Maracle will read Janet’s poetry in Kanien’keha.

This event is free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served and the author’s books will be for sale. Please bring cash.

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Oil Painting Workshop July 20th, 2019

Are you interested in developing your skills for Oil Painting? We here at Woodland Cultural Centre are

excited to announce that our Featured Artist of Indigenous Art 2019, Deron Douglas, is facilitating an Oil Painting Workshop here at the Centre!

Where: Woodland Cultural Centre
When: July 20, 2019, from 10am – 3pm
Cost: $30.00


Black Ash Basket Weaving Workshop – Aug 3-5, 2019

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Black Ash Feast Basket Making Workshop! The Black Ash Feast Basket is labour intensive  but culturally significant workshop lasting THREE full days, from August 3 – August 5th. Bring your lunch, bring your stories, and bring your friends for a unique, traditional, and challenging experience.

You won’t want to miss out, so call 519-759-2650 to register!

Cost: $120.00*
Time: 10am – 5pm
Dates: August 3 – August 5 (all three days attendance required)



Onkwehón:we Festival 2019 – June 28-30, 2019

Join us as Haudenosaunee artists and other Indigenous nations from across Turtle Island come to celebrate and showcase their artistic gifts. The festival has become a destination for artists and audiences alike.

The Onkwehón:we Festival celebrates contemporary and traditional Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse) artistic performances. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in unique and vibrant traditions that have been practiced for generations. Performances and events include storytelling, dance, music, theatre, visual arts, film and workshops. On Sunday June 30th there will be a special performance from the Sinquah Family Dance Troupe, an Indigenous dance troupe of the Hopi/Tewa/Choctaw Nations from northern Arizona, as well as a Smoke Dance contest.

This festival provides a space for Haudenosaunee artists and other indigenous nations from across Turtle Island. The vision is to create and grow a festival within the community that will be a destination for artists, audiences, organizations, and presenters to enjoy.

Thanks to support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Celebrate Ontario, and the Department of Canadian Heritage, admission to the festival, as well as to our museum and galleries will be free throughout the weekend.

All are welcome! Click HERE to learn more

Festival Schedule – View Here!

Media Contact: Loretta Hill
Woodland Cultural Centre | 519-759-2650

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Indigenous Art 2019 – Opening Reception | May 25, 2019 | 7PM

Established in 1975, Indigenous Art, formally known as First Nations Art, is one of the longest running annual exhibits that provides a space for established and emerging Indigenous artists to exhibit their work in a gallery setting. This open call and juried show brings together artists from across Turtle Island, showcasing traditionally-based and contemporary art form in all visual art mediums.

Please join us for the catered opening reception of Indigenous Art 2019, and help us celebrate our amazing Indigenous Artists!


Annual Corn Soup Cook-Off | NOVEMBER 17 2018 | 5PM


Coffee House and Open Mic | October 27th | 7PM

Join us for an evening of live music!

The evening will feature music from Joel Johnson, Brendt Thomas (Kariwa:the) Diabo & The Ramblers, and James Wilson.

To Register for Open Mic:
Please contact the Fine Arts department at Woodland Cultural Centre at 519 759 2650 ext. 243 or email for more information. Sign ups will also be in the front lobby prior to the performances. Spots are limited!













21st Annual Christmas Craft Fair | November 3rd | 9AM – 4PM


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Survivors Gathering 2018 | September 29th and 30th

The Woodland Cultural Centre, in partnership with Six Nations Elected Council and Ontario Indian Residential School Support Services, is pleased to invite you to the 2018 Gathering for Survivors of Residential Schools. The two-day event will take place at the Woodland Cultural Centre, the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, on Sept 29th & 30th 2018. The event will coincide with National Orange Shirt Day on September 30th: a day which Canadians are encouraged to stand in solidarity with survivors of the residential school system.

The gathering will bring together Residential School Survivors, their families, local organizations, and schools across communities for an event with activities and presentations focused on healing, support, wellness, and resilience.

We will welcome Survivors and their families, intergenerational Survivors, and supporters. The event will open at 10am on Sat Sept 29th, and will feature presentations by Sto:lo author, poet, and professor Lee Maracle; Anishinaabe Elder and water activist Josephine Mandamin; and the Keynote Address will be delivered by Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba. Drop-in workshops and wellness activities will be available throughout the day, lunch and dinner provided, and will end with a musical performance by Sugar & Old Spice.

Sun Sept 30th the site will open at 10am. The Opening Ceremonies will be followed by our Healing Walk, from the steps of the former Mohawk Institute to the end of the laneway and back. The Healing Walk is an opportunity to show our support for Survivors and their families, and to join in behind them on their healing journeys. Afterwards, we will welcome all visitors to join us for lunch and refreshments. Both days are open to the public, all are welcome.

For more information contact Carlie Myke, Outreach Coordinator at the Woodland Cultural Centre at 519-759-2650 or

Alan Michelson: HISTORICITY  | OPENING RECEPTION | Sep 15, 2018 | 7PM

The Woodland Cultural Centre is proud to present a new solo exhibition by internationally-recognized New York-based artist, curator, writer, lecturer and member of Six Nations of the Grand River – Alan Michelson.

The exhibition features new and recent new-media work by the acclaimed artist. Among them is the debut of Hanodaga:yas (Town Destroyer), as well as the Six Nations debut of the four-channel video installation Two Row IIThis showcase also presents the Canadian premiere of the 12-channel version of RoundDance, previously exhibited in Moscow (RUS).  

The exhibition runs September 15 through December 21, 2018 

Salmon Girl | May 13, 2018 | 4 PM

Salmon Girl explores the world of water and salmon. Through theatre, dance, music and puppetry, this piece for all ages follows the journey of a young girl into this magical world. A visually stunning work that shares a First Nations perspective on the importance of Salmon. Choreographer Michelle Olson from the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation and playwright Quelemia Sparrow from the Musquem First Nation bring together their respective cultural perspectives and stories to create a piece that is both meaningful and delightful to all audiences.

The running time is approximately 50 minutes.

Suitable for family audience’s ages 6+
Admission: Pay-What-You-Can




Indigenous Art Opening Reception | May 26, 2018 | 7 PM

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 the 43rd Annual Indigenous Art exhibition. 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. For more information, check out our news page.

This years Featured Artist, Catherine Dallaire, is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose work possesses a unique form and energy, balancing elements and teachings from traditional Woodland art/Anishinaabe art/culture with contemporary techniques and subjects.

Join us at her exhibit Gichitwaawizi’igewin: Honouring as it opens the same night as Indigenous Art, fully catered with live music – May 26, 2018 at 7 PM.  




Survivor Series | 10 AM – 12 PM

Every month, a Mohawk Institute Survivor will share their experience and stories of living in The Mohawk Residential School. Admission is $10 per person. Pre-Registration is required.
To register, please email or by calling 519-759-2650

Upcoming dates:

April 9, 2018
April 23, 2018
May 7, 2018
May 28, 2018
June 11, 2018
June 25, 2018
July 16, 2018
August 13, 2018




…since forever… | January 22 – May 4, 2018

The Woodland Cultural Centre is proud to present the exhibition …since forever… a celebration of Indigenous existence, resistance and survival. From its inception, this exhibition has recognised 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




Despite All Misconception and Loss | January 22 – May 4, 2018

This retrospective exhibition features 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.  The Woodland Cultural Centre is proud to exhibit “Despite all Misconception & Loss” with works spanning a 20 year period.

Featured Artist: Kelly Greene

Nôhkom | March 2 | 8PM – March 3 | 2PM

“There are two halves to every family. We all come from two strains of thought, twin strands of experience,” writes Greyeyes.

From this starting point, an eloquent narrative emerges in which the author and narrator peels away the layers of a family’s oral history, moving from joyous childhood memories, to unspoken truths and the harsh secrets held by every family.

Austere like the land from which this story emerges, Nôhkom remembers the writer’s grandmother, Margaret Greyeyes, but it’s also about the writer’s late father, George Greyeyes. Combining text and dance, this theatre work moves through complex moments in the life of the author’s father, who grew up on the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan during the Great Depression. It revolves around remembered experience, a mysterious affair, and one extraordinary winter, which tested nôhkom to her very soul as she found herself alone, living in a canvas tent caring for her two small children.

Moving through the visceral history of Canada’s Indian Residential school system, the fragile nature of memory, and the exquisite power of dance, Nôhkom is a portrait of resilience and a testament to the potential of forgiveness.

Written by Michael Greyeyes
Directed by Yvette Nolan
Choreography by Michael Greyeyes, with Nancy Latoszewski, Daniel McArthur (and Michael Sean Marye)
Music and Sound Design by Miquelon Rodriguez
Costume Design by Erika Isserhoff
Performed by: Michael Greyeyes, Nancy Latoszewski (Greyeyes) & Daniel McArthur
Produced by: Brittany Ryan


Artist Tea & Talk | January 28, 2018 | 2 PM

Join us for this casual round table discussion with several of the artists featured in the exhibitions “Despite all Misconception and Loss” and “…since forever…” We welcome you to sip tea and join in conversation with the featured artists as they discuss their works, artistic processes, and whatever else may come up. This event is open and free to the public.

For more information about the featured exhibitions please visit: Current/Upcoming Exhibitions



The Mush Hole – Workshop Performance | January 13 & 14, 2018

The Mush Hole – Workshop Performance acknowledges the lives and spirits of Mohawk Institute residential school survivors. Keeping hope as the driving force the performance offers truth and relives the devastating impacts on the students and parents without their children. It is about survival, resilience, and is an embodied way to say: “Enskwakhwahshón:rien” – we will feed your hunger, “kwè:iahre – we remember you, kwanorónhkhwa – we love you. Conceived by Six Nations Artist/Director Santee Smith in collaboration with Onkwehon:wen artists Julianne Blackbird, Montana Summers, Semiah Smith, Brandon A. Oakes, The Mush Hole opens the mind, heart and spirit toward a path of feeling and experiencing. We welcome all to share in dialogue and reflect on the performance during this creative development phase of the work. This presentation is for general audiences.  Please be aware there are mature themes involved and not recommended for ages 12 and under.

The Mush Hole – Workshop Performance Dates:
January 13, 2018 – Matinee @ 3:00PM
January 14, 2018 – Evening @ 6:00PM

Presented as a part of Woodland’s -Tehonkieron:nions (They are Entertaining) series. A performing arts series funded by the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Mush Hole creation is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council. Creator Santee Smith is committing her recent REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award to the development of the performance. 


Coffee House & Open Mic Night | October 14, 2017 | 7 PM

Join us for an evening of live music with EMCEE Chilly Chase! Doors open at 6:45PM.

The evening will feature music from Murray Porter, Brendt Thomas (Kariwa:the) Diabo and Nick Sherman.

To Register for Open Mic:
Please contact the Fine Arts department at Woodland Cultural Centre at 519 759 2650 ext. 243 or email for more information. Sign ups will also be in the front lobby prior to the performances. Spots are limited!


Smoke Dance Competition | October 7, 2017 | 1 PM

We are pleased to present our 15th Annual Smoke Dance Competition on Saturday October 7, 2017. Presented in years past to much success, the ‘Smoke Dance Competition’ offers a chance to showcase our culture and dance. Visitors are encouraged to come out and see veteran performers, as well as new rising talents.

Smoke Dance Singer: Cam Hill Sr.
Emcee: Dexter Jimerson


Food and drinks will be on sale and don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs!



“Ęgaenagadat: – They Raise their Voices to the Creator” | March 4, 2017 | 7 PM

The Woodland Cultural Centre is pleased to present “Ęgaenagadat: – They Raise their Voices to the Creator” featuring three phenomenal Indigenous women. The evening will feature live music from artists Cheri Maracle, Genevieve Fisher, and IsKwé who will take the stage and perform at the annual Coffee House event.

To Register for Open Mic: Please contact the Fine Arts department at Woodland Cultural Centre at 519 759 2650 ext. 243 or email for more information.
Sign ups will also be in the front lobby prior to the performances. Spots are limited!


The Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School Survivor Series 

Every month, a Mohawk Institute Survivor will share their experience and stories of living in The Mohawk Residential School. Pre-Registration is required.

January 16 & 30, 2017 at 10AM & 1PM
February 13 & 27, 2017 at 10AM & 1PM
Admission is $10 per person.


Theresa McCarthy Book Launch: In Divided Unity | February 24, 2017 | 7 – 9 PM
‘In Divided Unity’ Haudenosaunee Reclamation at Grand River

In February 2006, the Six Nations occupation of a 132-acre construction site in Caledonia, Ontario, reignited a 200-year-long struggle to reclaim land and rights in the Grand River region. Framed by this ongoing reclamation, In Divided Unity explores community-based initiatives that promote Haudenosaunee traditionalism and languages at Six Nations of the Grand River as crucial enactments of sovereignty both historically and in the present.

For more information:  University of Arizona Press.