The picture on the left is Geronimo Henry’s brick. Geronimo is a Survivor who attended the Mohawk Institute from the age of 5 to 16 and will be this month’s speaker at the Survivor Series Monday December 16 at 10am (more details on our events calendar).
He has spoke at over 100 schools about his experiences in Residential Schools, to allow everyone to truly understand the trauma the Indigenous children experienced for over 150 years.
A few days ago, he took one of our staff on a Brick Tour around the former Mohawk Institute and shared stories from the bricks. He managed to find a few of his friends’ names.
“A lot of the names on these bricks have passed away now, but it’s like they are still here” Geronimo said as he put his hand on the brick.
The masonry work to preserve the original bricks, where so many Survivors have left their names and numbers and messages, will require approximately 400,000 bricks be restored at around $5 a Brick.
This year on #GivingTuesdayCA, which is a global movement to “Do Good” following Black Friday and Cyber Monday… we are asking for your support.
The Save the Evidence Team has set a goal to save 1000 Bricks, in one day, and kick the Season of Giving the right way.
*** LISTEN TO THIS: An anonymous donor has agreed to match all donations made on Tuesday December 3, 2019 which is #GivingTuesdayCA for up to $5000 ***
We thank you for your support in this very important project.
The Woodland Cultural Centre wants to say nya:węh/niá:wen to our giving community for your generosity on #GivingTuesdayCA. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your continued support of the Centre and the work we do! Executive Director Heather George writes “Our supporters and donors have once again displayed their generosity and that they, like all of us at Woodland, are passionate about cultural reclamation, preservation, and celebration. Your support of our language department is an act of true kindness and love. Our languages are so much more than words on paper – language frames deep philosophical and relational understandings that help all of us engage in kinder, more compassionate ways and is an important part of our healing from the trauma of residential school. Like many not-for-profit organizations that participate in #GivingTuesday, charitable donations form an important part of our financial wellbeing and they are also an important indication that you believe in us and the work we do. Wa’tkwanonhwerá:ton’ (I to you all, sending forth embracing, celebratory, good energy)”Thanks to your generous contributions we were able to raise $25,352 in support of the preservation of Hodinohsho:ni languages and the important revitalization work being done at Woodland. Nya:węh/Niá:wen to the Dufresne-Ray Family Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation, which for the fourth consecutive year in a row has matched the first $5,000 of your donations. We are so grateful to have your continued support and generous contribution. To find out how you can support Woodland, visit our website: woodlandculturalcentre.ca/support-us/ #OnHeritage #OntarioHistory #Indigenous #IndigenousVoices #IndigenousArt #IndigenousEvents #FirstNations #FN#IndigenousKnowledge #IndigenousCulture #BrantOnt #TruthandReconciliation ... See MoreSee Less