Museum Jobs at Woodland Cultural Centre

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Job Opportunity at Woodland Cultural Centre

Posting Period: July 30 – August 12, 2020 @ 4:30p.m.

Position: Custodian

Location: Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON

Job Status: Contract till March 31, 2021

Hours of Work:      40

 

SUMMARY

Reporting to the Manager of Operations, the Custodian will perform custodial duties, including dusting, mopping, finishing and buffing floors, vacuuming and shampooing carpets, cleaning and restocking restrooms.  The Custodian will work within the policies and procedures established by the Woodland Cultural Centre.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Performs general, routine custodial duties, to include dusting, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning restrooms, and restocking paper and soap supplies.
  • Performs routine maintenance to custodial equipment and supplies.
  • Empties trash receptacles, disposes trash into compactors and/or dumpsters, and bags trash for proper disposal.
  • Unlocks doors, ensuring doors are locked after cleaning areas.
  • Reports needs and concerns to appropriate staff, which may include submitting or recommending work orders and checking supply levels.
  • Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  • Assists in on-the-job training of new staff on routine procedures.
  • Performs cleaning functions specific to the assigned facilities and/or based on seasonal/project requirements.
  • May provide vendors with access to areas for cleaning and may answer basic questions. May report issues with vendors to supervisor.
  • May assist or perform snow removal activities and minor maintenance, such as replacing light bulbs, adjusting furniture, or other similar activities.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

 

***For a full description of the Essential Duties & Responsibilities and Education/Experience, please refer to attached Job Description for further details***

Download Job Description Here

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

 

All applicants for this position should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references. 

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage.

Closing Date: August 12th, 2020 at 4:30 pm 

 

If interested, please send cover letter and resumé with references to:

 Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3S 2X2

Manager of Operations 

(519) 759-2650

operations@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

Please Note:

  • Only those applicants who meet the qualifications will be contacted for an interview
  • Police Record Check and copies of education will be required at the time of Offer of Employment

 

Nia:wen/Thank You

 

 

 

 

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the #GivingChallengeCA in June. The community support was overwhelming.

Congratulations to “Sistering A-Woman’s Place” who were the winners of the Great Canadian Giving Challenge $20,000 prize.

Even though we did not win this year, with your support, donations and shares we were able to raise MORE than that prize value in just one month. Watch this quick Thank you video and see how much we were able to raise in June.

 

The funds raised in June will be used to document Residential School Survivor Stories and travel to surround communities to gather them. Keeping this oral tradition and learning directly from those who experienced it, is vital to the Save the Evidence campaign. The month was a huge success, yet we still have a long way to go to complete Phase 3 of the project.

We hope to have your continued support this year to Save the Evidence and preserve the Mohawk Institute Residential School. All donations of $100+ will be acknowledged on our Supporters Page of our website. This is updated weekly, so if you don’t see your name there don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Learn more about the Save the Evidence Campaign and how you can help here: www.woodlandculturalcentre.ca/the-campaign/

 

 

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Mohawk Institute Virtual Tour Now Available Online to Support the Save the Evidence Campaign:

Save the Evidence is a campaign to raise awareness and support for the restoration of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, and to develop the building into an Interpreted Historic Site and Educational Resource. As a site of conscience, the final goal is to create a fully-realized Interpretive Centre that will be the destination for information about the history of Residential Schools in Canada, the experiences of Survivors of the schools, and the impact that the Residential School system has had on our communities.

The Woodland Cultural Centre presents a screening of the Mohawk Institute Residential School as a fundraiser for the Save the Evidence fundraising campaign. 

We are offering both private group viewings for businesses, schools and organizations; and public viewings monthly where anyone can register.

Join us for two more PUBLIC Virtual Tours this month: Aug 5th @7pm and Aug 19th @7pm

mohawk institute virtual tourThe virtual tour video was created with local production company Thru the Reddoor, and it follows the guide, Lorrie Gallant, as she gives a tour of the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School. During the video Lorrie provides the history of the institution over its 140 year history. Viewers will get to see the different rooms in the school, from the girls’ and boys’ dormitories, the cafeteria, laundry room, and other rooms throughout the building, as well as hear interviews from five Survivors of the Mohawk Institute.

To request and book a private viewing CLICK HERE NOW and download the request form.

Email the form ste@woodlandculturalcentre.ca and our fundraising team will be in touch to schedule the event.

Hosting your own Virtual Tour is a great way to help us fundraise to complete Phase 3 of the project.

We can’t wait until we are ready to finally open our doors to the public and allow in person tours of the Mohawk Institute, but we are going to need your support to do that. Donate to the Campaign Here. However in the meantime, the Virtual Tour of the building is still extremely powerful and eye opening.

Details for Public Virtual Tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School:

Next Event Information: August 5, 2020

Tickets – $10 donation to Save the Evidence

Virtual Tour Length – 45 minutes

*** 80 people per screening ***

Buy Tickets Online Now

 

A special thank you to those that have been supporting the Save the Evidence campaign along the way. All donations $100+ will be acknowledged on our website on the Supporters page and updated weekly. If you can’t find your name please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Watch the Mohawk Institute Virtual Tour Trailer Now

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50th Anniversary of the Closure of the Mohawk Institute Residential School

The Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School operated in Brantford, Ontario from 1828 to 1970. It served as a boarding school for First Nations children from Six Nations, as well as other communities throughout Ontario and Quebec. It served as a key tool in the effort to assimilate First Nations children into European Christian society, and sever the continuity of culture from parent to child.

After closing in 1970, it reopened in 1972 as the Woodland Cultural Centre, a non-profit organization that serves to preserve and promote First Nations culture and heritage.

This month marks the 50th anniversary for the last students that would ever attend the Mohawk Institute Residential School.

Photo: Newspaper Article September 27 1970, The Hamilton Spectator www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/

There are many archives, and a full narrative of the schools timeline, published by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. However, one of the best ways to truly understand the history of residential schools is from the Survivors themselves.

Sherlene Bomberry, marks her 50th anniversary of leaving the Mohawk Institute, as the last class of 1970.

She shared this photo of her when she left the school at the age of 14. You can also watch her video below , sharing some of the moments from her interview. She wrote a piece for us to publish on our website to honour all those who attended over the years. We couldn’t have found a better way to acknowledge this moment in history. Nya:weh Sherlene.

Mohawk Institute Survivor SherlenE bomberrySge:no swagwego! Ewehehewi ne gya:soh. Otahyoni: niwagehsyaode. Gayogoho:no nigohwejode. From and lives on the Six Nations of the Grand.

 

Fifty years ago, June 1970, I left the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford, ON at the age of 14 passing into grade 9.  The Residential School closed its doors as a school but inside I left with many years of generational trauma and secrets.  In September 1966, CAS apprehended myself and three siblings from my mom and baby sister. We ranged in ages of 10, 8, 7 & 5. Separated with boys on one side and girls on the other. Those were the loneliest times of my young life.

 

Three children have chosen me as their mom, and twelve grand babies and one great grandson.

 

Twenty years ago I took off this coat of shame and guilt and admitted yes I was in that Residential School. That was a heavy coat to wear and I am very grateful for all who have come in my path to guide, support, and encourage me to connect to Who I Am and Where I came from. I’ve fostered and enhanced my personal and professional growth to breaking cycles and moving forward. I am Proud of Me!! No regrets to my past as I respect my healing journey through past and future generations.

 

Nyaweh gowah

Sherlene”

 

With only a few more days left in the Giving Challenge to win the $20,000 prize, that money would be used to travel to surrounding communities and record more of these Survivor stories and document their truths and pass them on the future generations.

 

 

Please share this post and ask others to Donate to the “Save the Evidence” Campaign.

 

 

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The History of Orange Shirt Day

history of orange shirt dayOrange Shirt Day happens every year on September 30th. It began as a way to honour all of the Indigenous children that attended residential schools in Canada. It has since become an opportunity to educate and remember the tragedy of residential schools and the cruel circumstances that Indigenous children experienced.

Approximately 150,000 Indigenous children from all across the country during the 1860s to the 1970s were taken away from their homes, stripped of their language, families, and culture by these church-run schools in Canada in a failed attempt to assimilate them. 

Why is Orange Shirt Day in September?

Orange Shirt Day falls on September 30 as this is the time of year children were taken away to residential schools. Some of them returned home for the summers, but some had no other option but to stay there year round.

The colour Orange was chosen as a result of the experiences of residential school survivor, Phyllis Webstad. Phyllis was only 6 years old when she was sent to St Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia from 1973-1974. Her grandmother had taken her to the store and bought her a brand new shiny orange shirt to wear to school. Phyllis was so excited to wear it to school. However, when Phyllis arrived, she was stripped of her clothing and never saw her orange shirt again. She was neglected, abused, and made to feel like she didn’t matter. She wasn’t allowed to go home for 300 sleeps. She recalls that every child there was crying to go home, but nobody at the school truly cared for them. They were made to feel alone, worthless, and like nobody would save them. Phyllis says that the colour Orange now reminds her of that time in her life where her feelings didn’t matter. Phyllis’ story is a difficult one to hear, and unfortunately it is like many others that attended residential schools. 

Fortunately, Phyllis was able to return home to her grandmother after that year. As the Executive Director of the Orange Shirt Society, she now uses her story and platform to raise awareness about Orange Shirt Day, and turn the feeling of no one cares into healing and remembrance that every child matters.

The experiences at residential schools shaped the generations that have since come after them. While there is still a long way to go, Orange Shirt Day is a step towards recognition and healing for countless Indigenous people. 

Last year, Woodland Cultural Centre sold a record breaking amount of Orange Shirts as the surrounding community came together to acknowledge this day of remembrance. 

Orange Shirts will still be sold at Woodland Cultural Centre for $20, and all proceeds will go towards the Save the Evidence Campaign. Shirts can be shipped or scheduled for Curbside pick up this year.

Buy Orange Shirts Online Now

 

Documenting the Survivor Stories from the Mohawk Institute Residential School is a very important mission for us here at the Woodland Cultural Centre and the Save the Evidence Fundraising Team is currently raising funds to travel to surrounding communities to record these stories.

Watch and Share this video of Sherlene Bomberry as she shares her experience as a student of the Mohawk Institute Residential School:

 


 

 

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From the desk of Laura Palumbo, founder of Sketchy Rub Club:

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Save the Evidence mohawk institute residential school restoration project

 

A bit about Sketchy Run Club: we are an anti-workout run club. It started with two new moms (Rachelle and I) starting something ‘sketchy’ (i.e. semi-committal) where we would keep each other accountable for taking care of ourselves. One Hour a week dedicated completely to either running or walking, and the option of having a post-run beverage and chat, that didn’t involve being moms. We put our run out there to anyone that wanted to join, and as it turned out, lots of people that weren’t parents felt that they needed the exact same thing!  All of this to say that we didn’t intend to start a community but it just happened. We felt that we needed to establish a sense of belonging in the best way that we could, even though this was a once-a-week run, and on top of other life commitments like jobs, family, etc. 

save the evidence My first experience with Woodland Cultural Centre was through my work with Waterlution and Great Art for Great Lakes. These projects  are concerned with water both globally and locally, a key focus was learning and exploring Indigenous worldviews and relationships to water. Through this programming, I became aware of the Centre.

The first time I learned of Residential Schools was likely in high school, but the first time I understood what they were and what happened to those that attended the schools (or were affected by it because of family that attended) 

was when I worked at the CBC and Connie Walker began reporting on truth and reconciliation.  I won’t ever fully be able to understand the experience of those that attended residential schools as a settler; however, it has not stopped impacting me and the desire to speak up and support in ways that I can. 

Initially, when I spoke to Carley, I was thinking that our SRC could raise funds to support an arts-based Indigenous youth initiative. This was my comfort zone–supporting youth with access to more art. But in learning more about the Save the Evidence campaign, and connecting this to Tanya Talaga’s book  Seven Fallen Feathers and what I knew was a learning opportunity for our run club (and by extension professionals, parents, students, teachers, etc) Rachelle and I felt it would do more than simply raise money, because it would educate and inspire future generations of settlers to understand our responsibility to preserving and promoting Indigenous history, art and culture.

As a collective, we are humbled by the hard work and dedication by Woodland Cultural Centre in keeping the truth and history of Canada’s residential school system present in our hearts and minds for current and future generations to learn and understand. Our donation is dedicated to the memory of all of those who attended the Mohawk Institute.

– Laura Palumbo

 

Woodland Cultural Centre is grateful for community members, businesses, and organizations that have supported the Save the Evidence Campaign. As part of the Great Canadian Giving Challenge, our campaign will have the chance to win an extra $20,000 for the project. Read More about how the $20,000 would help the Save the Evidence Campaign here.

Every $1 raised in the month of June will give us one entry to win the Grand Prize.

Please help us spread the word and make a donation this month to help Save the Evidence

 

 

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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

Museum Jobs at Woodland Cultural Centre

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Job Title: Special Projects Assistant

Duration: Starts immediately, 9-week position, possibility of extension


Description:

The Woodland Cultural Centre is seeking an individual to assist in Community Outreach, Fundraising, and Administrative organization at the Centre. This position requires a highly motivated individual who is interested in gaining experience in community engagement, partnership development, fundraising strategy, social media marketing, and administration. This position works directly with the Outreach and Administrative Coordinators.

Job Duties:

  • Assist in all stages of fundraising endeavours, including off-site activities (if any)
  • Assist the Save the Evidence Coordinator in updating the database and expanding our community partnerships
  • Assist the Administrative Coordinator in filing, and organizing the Google Drive
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of a fundraising Social Media and Marketing strategy
  • Assist in preparations for Orange Shirt Day and our upcoming Survivors Gathering
  • Occasional front desk reception, welcoming guests as they come in and using the POS (if necessary)
  • Be familiar with the Centre’s programs and upcoming events
  • Promote a positive image of Woodland Cultural Centre to the community and the public

Qualifications:

  • Interest in helping the Woodland Cultural Centre develop and expand community partnerships
  • Knowledge of relevant computer software (emphasis on Microsoft Office and Google Drive)
  • Good organizational skills, and willing to learn in an office environment
  • Reliable access to internet, as this position will be largely done remotely
  • Effective verbal and listening communication skills
  • Time management skills, and completion of assigned projects
  • Able to work as a team as well as independently
  • Experience working on a fundraising campaign would be considered an asset
  • A full G licence with reliable access to a vehicle would be considered an asset
  • Knowledge of one or more Indigenous Languages would be considered an asset
  • Applicants MUST be returning to full time education and be under the age of 25


All applicants for this position should submit a current CV or resume, cover letter, and two references.

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry.

If interested, please send cover letter and resumé with references immediately to:

Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON N3S 2X2

Attn: Melissa Mt. Pleasant

(519) 759-2650   administration@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted

 

Download Full Job Description Here

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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 CanadaHelps.org, 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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Museum Jobs at Woodland Cultural CentreDescription:

The Woodland Culture Centre offers an opportunity for an individual to assist in various administrative and research initiatives. This position requires a highly motivated youth (age 15-29) who works well independently, has a research and/or administrative background, and is interested in conducting research and drafting reports in the areas of contemporary Indigenous arts, history, and market research for museums and historical sites. This is an off-site position – applicants must have reliable access to a computer and internet.

 

Job Duties:

  • General administrative duties as required
  • Market research for visual and performing arts, museum, fundraising, etc.
  • Research into local history
  • Report writing in a variety of areas
  • Copy editing, proofing, and formatting
  • Investigations into best practices
  • Other duties and research projects as assigned

 

Qualifications:

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated research skills 
  • Interest in the arts administration, museum studies, heritage, culture, tourism and/or education
  • Self-motivated, highly independent, and organizational skills a must 
  • University degree in a related field preferred
  • Must have reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Knowledge of a Haudenosaunee language an asset

 

Physical Requirements:

The Administrative Research Assistant position will be heavy in office work.

 

Applicants must qualify for the Canada Summer Jobs program to be qualified for the position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants

 

Applicants shall email a cover letter, resume, and two references by 4 pm Monday June 8th, 2020 to: 

Woodland Cultural Centre 

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford ON N3S 2X2

519 759-2650

administration@woodlandculturalcentre.ca 

 

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