The group includes preeminent firms with deep experience in preparing heritage, legacy, cultural, and museum facilities:
- Lord Cultural Resources, a global practice leader in cultural sector planning, will help guide the conceptual and interpretive process
- WeatherstonBruer Associates, a Toronto based architecture and exhibit design firm, will recreate the look and feel of the Mohawk Institute’s rooms and facilities
- kubik maltbie, a leader in the production of prestigious museums, visitor centres and specialty heritage environments, will be responsible for the fabrication and installation of the program
- Haudenosaunee historian, educator, and longtime Indigenous museum professional Rick Hill will provide research content and guidance.
This phase will include consultations with survivors, exhibit and programmatic planning of spaces, visitor wayfinding and experience, educational connections, design, fabrication, and installation.
The Woodland Cultural Centre assumed responsibility for redeveloping the Mohawk Institute building in accordance with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls To Action in 2015. The Centre was provided a mandate for the renovations by the Six Nations of the Grand River after community surveys and an engagement process showed the vast majority of respondents supported its reconstruction. The Centre’s overall goal is for an informative, meaningful, and effective interpretive educational site for the public.
This is the fourth and final phase of the Mohawk Institute’s extensive renovation. The process has been shaped by historical research and interviews with dozens of the survivors that are the residential school’s legacy. The site interpretation approach will treat the building as an artifact and create exhibits that accurately represent the varied experiences of the children / survivors who attended the Institute.
The preservation of places such as the Mohawk Institute is essential in safeguarding these memories and ensures that future generations remain able to learn critical lessons from the past.