The Woodland Cultural Centre and the Save the Evidence campaign have had great success on Giving Tuesday thanks to the generous donors and repeat matching donors for 2021!
Did you know over 75 countries and 34.8 billion people participated in Giving Tuesday?
This year, Giving Tuesday will be Tuesday, November 30th, and Woodland Cultural Centre is hoping that you will consider supporting the work of the Centre. This year’s campaign is targeted to help support Phase 4 of the restoration of the Mohawk Institute Residential School site at Woodland Cultural Centre.
Phase 4 will cover the final work on the site which is one of the most important aspects. Phase 4 will be the installation of the exhibits and interpretative elements that will tell the stories of the Survivors and the history of the Mohawk Institute and the residential school system. This last phase will hopefully overlap with the final physical restorations, and if all goes well, will enable the site to open to the public in late fall 2024.
The Hamilton Community Foundation has been an invaluable partner throughout the Save the Evidence campaign offering support, advice and generous donations. Once again, in partnership with the Hamilton Community Foundation, the generous matching donor from our 2020 Giving Tuesday campaign has stepped up again!
The Woodland Cultural Centre is honoured and grateful to have the support of the Dufresne- Ray Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation, who for the second year in a row will match your donations for the day up to $5000.
The Save the Evidence is so close to realizing our goal for our final phase of the campaign. We hope that through Giving Tuesday our fundraising goal can be reached and the important work of the interpretation can begin. – Janis Monture, Executive Director
Many community supporters, schools and organizations are using the month of November to raise awareness and funds to double the impact of their donation by making it on November 30th. WCC encourages all fundraisers to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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On September 30, 1973, just 50 years ago, six-year-old Phyllis Webstad’s new orange shirt was taken away from her on her first day of the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in British Columbia. That act has come to symbolize how Indigenous culture has been stolen from generations of Indigenous Peoples, Communities and Nations across Canada, and the lasting damage this has caused. As Mohawk Institute Survivor Tony Bomberry reminds us, “residential school is the only school where you didn’t graduate – you survived.” Sadly, we know not all children who were brought to the Institute did survive. The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation provides the chance to reflect on this history and how the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples can be healed. It is not easy, and it will take time, but it is possible, provided there is a willingness to understand the hurt of the past and see the possibility of a new relationship. Truth requires the recognition of a dark history and its on-going impacts. Reconciliation (or as Metis Scholar David Garneau has pointed out the more appropriate term “conciliation”), requires an awareness and appreciation of “the other.” The word “Canada” comes from the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) word kaná:ta meaning a village. Based in a Rotinonhsyón:ni (Hodinohsho:ni) worldview, it means that everyone has a role and responsibility, that everyone is cared for, that no one goes without, and that we keep each other safe and maintain peace in our community. While the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada has often been at odds with the spirit of the word kaná:ta, at Woodland Cultural Centre we are grateful to all who are helping build a kinder, more inclusive, and just future for this territory. My hope is that we will all find truth and conciliation in kaná:ta. Heather GeorgeExecutive DirectorWoodland Cultural Centre#TruthandConciliation ... See MoreSee Less