Published On: May 29, 2020Categories: Save the Evidence

Save the Evidence Campaign Announces the Great Canadian Giving Challenge in June


(Brantford/Six Nations, ON) – Woodland Cultural Centre hopes to spark the season of giving during June with the Great Canadian Giving Challenge.  Woodland Cultural Centre is a charity organization that is dedicated to our mission to inform, educate, and promote Indigenous culture, history, language and arts.  The “Save the Evidence” campaign is an initiative launched by WCC to restore the Mohawk Institute Residential School, one of the last residential schools standing in Canada. In the month of June, every dollar raised has a chance to make a big impact on the project. 


Charities across Canada are facing fundraising shortfalls and a number of operational challenges due to COVID-19 and the associated social distancing – many charities are in danger of closing their doors. To help charities like us survive and push forward with our essential projects, CanadaHelps has launched the sixth annual Great Canadian Giving Challenge with an increased grand prize.


What is The Great Canadian Giving Challenge?

It is a National public contest to benefit any registered Canadian charity. Every $1 donated to a registered charity in June via, automatically enters the charity to win an additional $20,000 donation. The grand prize draw will take place on July 1st, Canada Day, and one lucky charity will receive this new grand prize of $20,000. CanadaHelps knows that the charitable sector has been hit hard by COVID-19, and has doubled the prize this year! 


This year we’re asking donors to support our campaign to Save the Evidence of the Mohawk Institute Residential School. Your contribution would allow us to continue working towards the completion of the Save the Evidence restoration project as well as continuing our important work with Mohawk Institute Residential School Survivors, ensuring each survivor’s history and stories are preserved.


We plan to use the money raised to travel throughout our support communities to collect and record stories of survivors and generational survivors. Protecting oral histories such as these is integral to what we do at the Save the Evidence campaign. The children of our future generations will be able to learn from these stories; stories told by our survivors, who as children themselves, survived such terrible and traumatic experiences.


The total budget for the restoration of the Mohawk Institute Residential School Building is $23.5 million. With your assistance and support we will be able to build upon the success we have achieved in fundraising $12  million with renovations of Phase One  complete. We are so grateful for the incredible support we have seen thus far. We are currently awaiting response to funding for $11 million. If this funding is successful, we will need to raise the remaining $500,000  to complete the final phase of Save the Evidence. 


We’re asking donors to support our campaign by donating what they can, so that we can be entered for a chance to win the $20,000 grand prize. All funds raised will help us reach our goal of completing this historic and monumental project to preserve the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School as a “site of conscience” for all our future generations.


Now, more than ever, our community needs us. And we need you.. Just $100 gives Woodland Cultural Centre 100 chances to win that $20,000.


We appreciate the community’s support in helping us spread awareness about this initiative. On June 1st, simply click the button below and make a donation!


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