First of all, a HUGE Thank you/Nya:weh to everyone that has helped us get this far in the Save the Evidence campaign. We are now into Phase 3 of the project and need the communities support to finish strong.
For the month of June, Woodland Cultural Centre is participating in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. So every $1 raised is an entry to win the $20,000 Grand Prize.
$100 Donation gives us 100 chances to win the prize.
What will we do with the $20,000 if we win this year?
The $20,000 Grand Prize would allow us to continue our important work with Mohawk Institute Residential Survivors, ensuring their history and stories are preserved.
“History needs to be told by those that experienced it.” – Roberta Hill
Do you feel it is more valuable to hear the stories from the Survivors themselves, rather than in a book or history class?
This is something we are passionate about at Woodland Cultural Centre. 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.
Oral tradition has been how Indigenous People have passed on knowledge for thousands of years, and we believe it’s important that these stories be heard by all of us.
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.
Thank you, for being a part of this project and doing what you can to help us accomplish this very critical work.
Watch Sherlene Bomberry’s Survivor Story Here and Help Us Record More Stories Like This:
Click Here to Read More about the Save the Evidence Campaign
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