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Woodland Cultural Centre will be celebrating National Canadian Film Day with a digital film screening of the powerful film, Rustic Oracle directed by Sonia Boileau.

 

 

A moving portrait of a family in crisis, Rustic Oracle tells the story of an eight-year-old girl who joins her mother in a desperate race against time to search for her older sister who’s gone missing from their Mohawk community. While their journey to find answers is one that no family should go through, their shared hope helps mother and daughter come together in love amidst difficult circumstances. 

 

Photo Credit: Randy Kelly

 

Sonia is a bilingual Kanienkeha:ka and Québécois filmmaker who has been working for over fifteen years at bringing Indigenous content to the screen for viewers of all cultural backgrounds. She first started making documentaries to explore her bicultural heritage and understand the impacts of colonialism.   

 

Join us April 21st at 1PM for our virtual screening and to celebrate Indigenous storytellers. This is a free event, but we kindly suggest a minimum donation of $5 to help the Arts department continue to provide digital programming like this.

Click Here to Register 

 

 

 

 

 

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Woodland Cultural Centre is excited to announce our line up of Spring Break workshops for youth ages 6+

 

Looking for a way to engage your kids in Indigenous Education during Spring Break this year, without having to leave your home?

Our education staff invite you and your family to participate in various workshops, crafts, and virtual tours over the Spring Break April 12-16, 2021. The beaded corn cob keychain will be available for youth 13+ to teach them the medicine of beading and also the significance of corn. We will also be offering the pinch pot workshop to for the younger children ages 6+. During the week we will have 3 screenings of our the virtual tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School at various times.

Craft kits will be supplied, and spots are limited so register today.

 

Workshops will be set with a 25 person capacity to ensure our team can assist all participants. If you are looking to book these tours for larger groups outside of this scheduled event please contact tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

 

Monday April 12, 2021 – 10AM Mohawk Institute Virtual Tour $10

The 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. (Ages 13+)

Click Here to Book Tickets

 

Tuesday April 13, 2021 – Corn Cob Keychain Workshop at 1PM & 7PM $13

Join us virtually for our Spring Break Workshop and learn how to make corn cob keychains with beads and leather. We will share the significance of corn and guide you through step by step. Craft Kits available. (Ages 13+)

Click Here to Book Tickets

 

Wednesday April 14, 2021 – 7PM Mohawk Institute Virtual Tour $10

The 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. (Ages 13+)

Click Here to Book Tickets

 

Thursday April 15, 2021 – Pinch Pot Workshop at 10AM & 1PM $13

Join us virtually for our Spring Break Workshop and learn how to make pinch pots out of clay with our Educational Coordinator. Craft Kits available. (Ages 6+)

Click Here to Book Tickets

 

Friday April 16, 2021 – 10AM Mohawk Institute Virtual Tour $10

The 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. (Ages 13+)

Click Here to Book Tickets

 

If you have issues booking online please contact tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca to book your spot via email.

 

 

 

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Community Update: Woodland Cultural Centre Reopens to the Public Under COVID-19 Protocols

 

We are happy to announce we will be opening our Museum and Galleries from Monday March 29th – Thursday April 1st from 10am-3pm and then returning to normal COVID hours thereafter:

Sunday & Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Friday 10am – 3pm

Saturday 11am – 4pm

 

Masks are mandatory and all COVID-19 Protocols are in place and must be followed. We ask that guests follow social distancing stickers and markers throughout the facility and please do not come to the Centre if you are feeling unwell. 

Prebook tickets online or call Visitor Services 519-759-2650

Contactless payment is preferred. 

See More Info and Book Your Tour Here: http://woodlandculturalcentre.ca/admission

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Our current exhibition of The Witness Blanket will be at Woodland Cultural Centre until March 27, 2021. Unfortunately, our galleries are still closed and it saddens us that our visitors will not be able to see the installation in person before then. Fortunately, however, our team has been working hard to gather educational resources to compliment our current exhibition.

Our Witness Blanket Educational Resource is Now Available to Download!

 

 

“The blanket is a universal symbol of protection. For many of us, it identifies who we are and where we’re from – we wear them in ceremony and give them as gifts. Blankets protect our young and comfort our elders.”

Inspired by a woven blanket, the Witness Blanket is a large scale art installation, made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres and universities, from across Canada. The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument to recognize the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolize ongoing reconciliation.

The items included in the Witness Blanket provide a point of departure and bear witness to the truth. The team travelled over 200,000 kilometres, visited 77 communities, met over 10,000 people and gathered over 889 pieces, inclusive of 161 photos, shoes, bowls dolls, skates to name a few. The finished work is 12 metres long and constructed with 13 panels with a total weight over 2 tons. Inherently, the items contain stories from Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors..

 

 

Download Educational PDF Here

 

Did you miss our exclusive Facebook Live virtual tour and discussion with artist Carey Newman? Watch Here to see Carey take us through and share some of the stories that make up the Witness Blanket.