2019 Past Events

December 16th: Survivor Series – Geronimo Henry

10am

Cost: $10

The last Monday of every month we hold our Survivor Series event from 10am-12pm. This month we have changed the date due to the Holiday shut down. 

Our Education staff will give our Residential School presentation, providing insight on the history of the Mohawk Institute and residential schools across Canada, as well as a glimpse inside the day to day life of a child at the “Mush Hole.” Afterwards we will be joined by one of our Survivors who will share their stories, and engage with participants in a Q & A.

These Survivor Stories are an important part of understanding the effects of Residential Schools on Indigenous People and they are open to all members of the community.

This month we are grateful to share the stories of Geronimo Henry, who attended the Mohawk Institute Residential School for 11 consecutive years.


November 6: Free Lecture Series – Author Dr. David Macdonald, “Sleeping Giant Awakens”

7-9 pm

 

Dr. David B. MacDonald, from Treaty 4 territory and a professor at the University of Guelph, provides a unique perspective on the prospects for conciliation following the genocide of the residential school system and the “Sixties Scoop.” Presented in conjunction with The Reconciling Circle, organizers of Treaties Recognition Week.

Wilfred Laurier Brantford

Research and Academic Centre Room RCE 004.

 

Free Event

All are Welcome

Hosted By: Friends & Neighbours of Save the Evidence

 


November 16: Corn Soup Cook-Off

5-7PM

Do you or someone you know make the BEST Corn Soup? Tag them in our Nomination post

$500 Grand Prize for the soup who gets the most votes!

 

Cash Prizes for 2nd and 3rd Place. All soup entries will be entered into a Raffle.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE NOV 13
Call: 519- 759 – 2650 ext 223

 

To all our Hungry Community Judges… join us November 16th from 5-7pm ready to fill your bellies!

$10 Admission
Includes your Official Ballot
Keep the Mug!

 


Nov 27: Free Lecture Series – Senator Dr. Mary Jane McCallum, “Seeking Shelter”

7-9 PM

 

Seeking Shelter: Indigenous People Seeking Safety in Their Own Country –

Senator Dr. Mary Jane McCallum, a dentist of Cree heritage, has provided dental care to First Nations communities across Manitoba. She will share her experience as a residential school survivor as part of her ongoing effort to raise awareness and understanding.

 

Wilfred Laurier Brantford

Research and Academic Centre Room RCE 004.

 

Free Event

All are Welcome

Hosted By: Friends & Neighbours of Save the Evidence

 

October 28: Survivor Series

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $10

The last Monday of each month we hold our Survivor Series event from 10am-12pm.

Our Education staff will give our Residential School presentation, providing insight on the history of the Mohawk Institute and residential schools across Canada, as well as a glimpse inside the day to day life of a child at the “Mush Hole.” Afterwards we will be joined by one of our Survivors who will share their stories, and engage with participants in a Q & A.

These Survivor Stories are an important part of understanding the effects of Residential Schools on Indigenous People and they are open to all members of the community.

This event requires pre-registration with a maximum of 90 guests.

To register for this event, please contact our Group Tours and Facility Registrar at tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

 

*** This Event is almost Completely Booked ***


November 2: 22nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair

9am – 4pm

 

Get a head start on your Holiday Shopping and check out the handcrafted Indigenous Craft Vendors at our 22nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair.

Support Local Indigenous Artisans, Jewellers, Crafters, Distributors, Artists, Carvers and Cooks!

Click Here to join the Facebook Event for Updates!

 

Limited Space for Indigenous Vendors.

To secure your spot please email arts@woodlandculturalcentre.ca


October 19th: Coffee House & Open Mic

7pm – 9pm

Cost: $5

Come and celebrate local Indigenous Artists, Musicians, Poets, and Creatives in our popular annual Coffee House & Open Mic Night. This year special performances by RT Miller, Jim Jacobs and Karonhyawake Jeff Dorreen.

RT Miller is a singer, song-writer and musician from Six Nations.  Electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, mandolin and vocals are his passions.  Starting his musical journey as early as five years old signing in a school talent show and by the age of 15 he was playing in bands covering everything from country to rock-n-roll, blues and southern rock.  In order to convey a wider array of music he began creating his own style of songwriting and musicianship. As a local band member of “The Healers”, Randy also does acoustic unplugged sessions with unique vocals accompanied with a country, folk, bluegrass flavour of music that will capture your attention with deep lyrics and soulful rhythms.

Jim Jacobs grew up on a farm at the corner of Smoothtown in Six Nations Ontario. Spent 10 years in Nashville TN playing guitar and writing songs. Currently working on an album in Nashville TN that will soon be finished and released. Biggest musical influences include George, Merle, Johnny, Waylon and Willie, Straight, Johnson. And many others of the 70’s outlaw country era and a lot of the 80’s and 90’s country.

Karonhyawake Jeff Doreen and Ozhaawashkozi Anang Kwe Laura Kooji began playing music together several years ago.They will be performing Beatles songs which have been translated into the Mohawk Language. These familiar songs, translated into one of the traditional languages of the Haudenosaunee People will have you singing along even if you aren’t a fluent language speaker!

 


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

RCE004

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 tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca 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.

See Facebook Event Here


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!

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Woodland Cultural Centre
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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!