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Experience Woodland

The Woodland Cultural Centre offers a variety of tours, education programs, and workshops that offer interested visitors the opportunity to learn about an assortment of topics covering the past, present, and future of Southern Ontario’s First Nations peoples.

Discover Indigenous history, culture, art, food, current issues or material culture through one of our tours, education programs, or workshops, all of which are created to fit the needs of the visitor where you decide the time, activities and the length of your visit.

Experience the Woodland Cultural Centre in three ways:

Kids Exploring

Tours

Immersive self-guided and guided virtual tour of the museum and virtual tour of the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School. Prearranged tours are offered to groups ranging from 10 to 60 guests.

Educational Programming

Education Programming

Our K-12 programs cover a variety of Hodinohshoni topics ranging from culture, history, art, food, and past/current issues that follow the Ontario Curriculum guidelines. Each program offers teachers/educators before and after resources for their classrooms.

Workshops/Other Programming

Our workshops and other programming are geared towards corporate, college/universities, and life-long learners who are looking to educate themselves on a variety of Indigenous topics, including Truth and Reconciliation, Stereotypes and Racism, and Six Nations Land Claims.

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Corporate

Exhibition

Group

On-Site

School

Sense of Belonging: A Place Called Home

The Woodland Cultural Centre (WCC) is pleased to announce a new exhibition, Sense of Belonging: A Place Called Home. The exhibition features three contemporary Indigenous lens-based women artists whose artistic practice weaves painting, beadwork, photography to connect the notions of identity, family, community and land.

Individual

Tours

Virtual

Virtual Tour of the Former Mohawk Institute Residential School (Public)

The virtual tour will guide you through the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School, giving the history of the institution over its 140-year history. Viewers will get to see different rooms inside the school, from the girls’ and boys’ dormitories, the cafeteria, laundry room, and other rooms throughout the building as well as hear interviews from five survivors.

Corporate

Group

School

Tours

Virtual

Virtual Tour of the Former Mohawk Institute Residential School (Group)

The virtual tour will guide you through the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School, giving the history of the institution over its 140-year history. Viewers will get to see different rooms inside the school, from the girls’ and boys’ dormitories, the cafeteria, laundry room, and other rooms throughout the building as well as hear interviews from five survivors.

Corporate

Educational Programming

Group

School

Virtual

Workshop

Truth and Reconciliation Presentation

This comprehensive presentation covers topics from the Imperial Context, Canada’s Indigenous Policy, The Indian Residential Settlement Agreement, to United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The presentation allows for an in-depth understanding of TRC’s final report, its 10 Principles and 94 Calls to Action.

Corporate

Educational Programming

Group

School

Virtual

Workshop

Traditional Games

One of our most popular workshops where participants learn about some of the games that were played by the Hodinohsho:ni people long ago, and are still played today. The games participants will learn about include bone and toggle, scattering sticks, bone dice, double ball (dingball), long ball, lacrosse, Snowsnake, and snowshoeing.

Corporate

Educational Programming

Group

School

Virtual

Workshop

Six Nations Land Claims

Participants will learn about the Haldimand Proclamation of 1784, historical losses of both land and trust funds monies, and land claims that Six Nations of the Grand River are preparing to litigate in Canadian courts.

Corporate

Educational Programming

Group

School

Virtual

Workshop

Our Sustenance

Our Sustenance introduces participants to three important crops – corns, beans, and squash – that were planted yearly to sustain the Hodinohsho:ni. Participants will learn about traditional farming practices, nutrition, nixtamalization, and some traditional dishes the Hodinohsho:ni prepared using corn, beans, and squash.

Corporate

Educational Programming

Group

School

Virtual

Workshop

Hodinohsho:ni Governance

Participants will be introduced to the history of the Hodinohsho:ni people beginning with the Peacemakers Story- the creation of the Hodinohsho:ni Confederacy. Participants will learn about the Hodinohsho:ni people prior to and after European contact and colonization.

Group

Individual

On-Site

School

Tours

Museum – Self Guided

The self-guided tour guests will utilize our self-guided tour booklet to walk through the museum at their own pace and view the displays that showcase the history of the Woodland people, specifically the Six Nations (Onondaga, Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Seneca, and Tuscarora) from roughly 600 years ago up to present day.

Corporate

Group

School

Tours

Virtual

Virtual Tour of Museum

The virtual tour of the Woodland Cultural Centre Museum will guide you through the permanent historical gallery from several of our staff members, including our Executive Director. The museum collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets a collection of archaeological material, historical material culture, arts, crafts, documents and archival photographs.

Corporate

Educational Programming

Group

School

Virtual

Workshop

Stereotypes and Racism

In this presentation we will examine stereotypes and racism and how society shapes and perpetuates stereotypes and racism through advertising, movies, systemic/institutional racism, and more.
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