The Woodland Cultural Centre has been programming and delivering services from the retrofitted Mohawk Institute Residential School classroom and gymnasium built in 1954. The building has undergone several repairs and retrofits but never functioned well as a proper Cultural Centre with a museum, gallery spaces, collections storage, and programming space.
Our new Cultural Centre will be a beacon of Hodinohsho:ni knowledge, where all are welcome to celebrate the strength, resiliency and true beauty of our languages, culture, heritage, music and art. It is critical at this time to tell our stories, honour our history and amplify Indigenous voices within a state-of-the-art space that will welcome visitors from around the globe.
This project will require a significant financial investment of a projected cost of $ 65 million. Through our work with Two Row Architects, the new building will be integrated to meet current museum and gallery Class A standards for our 35,000 items in the collection. With this in mind, we are determined to create an environmentally sustainable building that will take up as little of a carbon footprint as possible. This will be done through our green roof design and choice of window placement that allows natural lighting into the building and moves with the seasonal needs for heating, cooling, lighting and water drainage to our gardens, which will be thoughtfully placed along the outer areas of our new Cultural Centre. We envision a space that keeps the earth and her needs in mind and creates more opportunities for her to thrive around our new building.