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Support Indigenous Artists and Musicians at our Coffee House & Open Mic Night


Woodland Cultural Centre invites the community out to experience the Indigenous Voices of our local musicians and performers at our popular Coffee House & Open Mic night on October 19th, 2019 at 7pm

The night will showcase all genres of music and also include spoken word performances, with coffee and refreshments served. Our line up for the event is RT Miller, Karonhyawake Jeff Doreen and Ozhaawashkozi Anang Kwe Laura Kooji, and Jim Jacobs.


RT Miller is a singer, song-writer and musician from Six Nations.  Electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, mandolin and vocals are his passions.   He started his musical journey at five years old signing in a school talent show and by the age of 15 he was playing in bands covering everything from country to rock-n-roll, blues and southern rock. As a local band member of “The Healers”, Randy also does acoustic unplugged sessions with unique vocals accompanied with a country, folk, bluegrass flavour of music that will capture your attention with deep lyrics and soulful rhythms.


Karonhyawake Jeff Doreen and Ozhaawashkozi Anang Kwe Laura Kooji began playing music together several years ago. They perform a beautiful set of the familiar melodies of the Beatles, translated into the traditional Mohawk Language. Revitalizing Indigenous Language through contemporary music is their passion and an important part of their Musical performance.


Jim Jacobs grew up on a farm at the corner of Smoothtown in Six Nations Ontario. Spent 10 years in Nashville TN playing guitar and writing songs. Currently working on an album in Nashville TN that will soon be finished and released. His biggest musical influences include George, Merle, Johnny, Waylon and Willie, Straight, Johnson and many others of the 70’s outlaw country era.


There will also be an Open Mic segment to feature more local artists on a first come first serve basis.


The event will begin at 7pm and tickets at the door are only $5.


We do invite all Media and Press to join us at this event Free of Charge and simply require you to pre-register with our Marketing Coordinator Layla Black


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Woodland Cultural Centre is looking for 10 Indigenous artists to illustrate children’s colouring books in clear black and white line drawings. The drawings are to accompany and illustrate children’s stories.


NOTICE Application Deadline Extension: November 14th 2019


Black and white line drawings for children’s colouring books.

Work size: 8” x  8”

Rate: $50 per image

Approximately 25 images per book

Finished works will be property of WOODLAND CULTURAL CENTRE 


Artwork must be completed by February 15th 2020.

If you are interested in applying please find the link for the application package HERE


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Woodland Cultural Centre is hiring!


The Weekend Visitor Services Clerk position is responsible for monitoring admission to the Museum and Art Galleries at the Woodland Cultural Centre year-round on Saturdays, and seasonally on Sundays. The Weekend Visitor Services Clerk would handle admission fees, accept donations, ensure the associated paperwork is filed, and would answer general questions from the public about the Centre and special events. As the face of the Centre, the Weekend Visitor Services Clerk must maintain a welcoming, helpful, and professional relationship with all visitors to the Centre.

In addition, this position would be responsible for conducting end-of-day finances, stay updated on public events and exhibitions held by the Centre, ensure the sales shelves are kept clean and stocked, and provide visitors with directions to local and community spaces of interest.

Download Full Details and Job Description here.


If interested, please send cover letter, references, and resume no later than Sept 26th at 2PM to:


Woodland Cultural Centre
184 Mohawk St
Brantford, ON
ATTN: Jessie Hill
(519) 759-2650 x 221


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A special announcement to all Educators!

On Monday September 30th, Woodland Cultural Centre will be welcoming schools across Ontario for a day of education, truth, and reconciliation on the nationally recognized Orange Shirt Day. This is a full day of events, speakers, and workshops running from 9:30am – 2pm and has been specifically programmed for students Grade 5+.

Space is very limited for this event

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange Shirt Day is a a day where the entire country comes together, wearing orange, to recognize and acknowledge the history of Residential Schools in Canada. Our goal is to ensure education systems and schools participate in a meaningful experience related to the history and legacy of Residential Schools.


Our education staff has carefully crafted our programming to teach students and teachers, to help them understand the effects of the Residential School system and create a deeper more meaningful connection to the Indigenous roots of Canada.

** VERY LIMITED SPACE so please email Immediately to secure your spot **

Why Bring Your Class?

The province of Ontario continues to work in partnership with Indigenous partners, such as Woodland Cultural Centre, to enhance the Ontario curriculum in order to support mandatory learning of residential schools, treaties, the legacy of colonialism, and the rights and responsibilities we all have to each other as treaty people.

Curriculum revisions occurred in the summer of 2016 and the winter of 2017. These revisions were guided by residential school survivors, First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners as well as education stakeholders. The revised curriculum includes: Social Studies (Grades 4 to 6) and History (Grades 7, 8 and 10). This revised curriculum was implemented in all schools in September 2018. Woodland Cultural Centre is a community partner to help support this initiative.

Our full day schedule has been specifically planned with these curriculum revisions in mind and it’s a great way for you to not only teach about the history and culture of Indigenous Peoples of Canada, but also allow the students to experience it first hand.

We are only offering 200 spots to Ontario students for this special interactive day of learning, sharing, and unity. Cost for the day is $15/child.

If your school or class is interested in securing your spots, please email


Issues Downloading the Folder Above? See Individual Files below.

Orange Shirt Day Letter to Educators

Orange Shirt Day Registration – Teachers

Orange Shirt Day Registration – Students

How else can you participate?

Due to space availability and distance, we know not every school is going to be able to come to our gathering. We encourage you to still participate in this national day. Make sure to let all parents know that September 30th, 2019 is Orange Shirt Day. We also offer our “Every Child Matters” Orange Shirts for sale for $20 each. All proceeds from T-shirt sales go towards the Save the Evidence Campaign to preserve and restore the former Mohawk Institute Residential School as a historical site.

We ask all interested schools to send these order forms home with their students and submit final numbers to Woodland Cultural Centre by SEPT 6TH so we can have all shirts distributed before Orange Shirt Day.



Issues Downloading the Folder Above? See Individual Files below.

Orange Shirt Letter to Educators

Orange Shirt Order Form – Teacher

Orange Shirt Order Form – Student


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Survivors Gathering Sept 29th


On Sunday, September 29th we welcome Residential School Survivors, their families, our surrounding communities, friends, neighbours; and the public at-large for a day of workshops and presentations.

The event will culminate in a healing walk from the steps of the former Mohawk Institute to the end of the lane way before returning to the centre for the final roster of workshops and the keynote address.

Our vision is to create a healing space for Survivors, their families, and our communities.

Woodland Cultural Centre In partnership with Ontario Indian Residential School Support Services (OIRSSS), and Indigenous Legal Aid… invites Residential School Survivors, their families, local organizations and schools across communities to come together and participate in recognition of those First Nations Survivors who suffered and persevered through generations of abuse, loss of language and loss of culture.

**Orange TShirts will be on sale on site but no guarantee on sizes, so best come get one early!**

– Speakers and Schedule TBA stay plugged into the EVENT –

Where: Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk ST, Brantford ON, N3S 2X2

When: September 29th 1pm – 5pm


🔸 Interactive Drop in Workshops
🔸 Survivor Stories
🔸 Sacred Fire
🔸 Guest Speakers
🔸 Food Vendors
🔸 Brick Tours
🔸 Healing Walk


Click Here Now to STAY PLUGGED IN to announcements and updates about this event by following our Facebook Event



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Myron Zabol’s fine art photography focuses on the spirituality of people and places. His photography is breath taking and creates a powerful emotional response to most that witness it.

Award-winning Toronto photographer Myron Zabol started a five year project to record, through the lens of a camera, the lives and traditions of the Haudenosaunee People at the end of the twentieth century. The collection features fifty black and white photographs to create a portrait of the deep and complex values and beliefs of the Haudenosaunee people.

People of the Dancing Sky documents the Haudenosaunee Confederacy with its individual and unique traditions rooted in nature and time immemorial. The harmony between the Haudenosaunee People and their natural environment are depicted in their traditional clothing, symbols, and activities.

People of the Dancing Sky is a rare personal insight into the exclusive collaboration between photographer Myron Zabol and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy


See all of our Current/Upcoming Exhibits

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Woodland Cultural Centre has appointed Patricia Deadman as Curator of the Museum and Art Gallery, effective August 12, 2019


Patricia Deadman brings extensive knowledge and experience to Woodland Cultural Centre as a celebrated Artist, Independent Curator, and a Writer. Born in Ohsweken, Ontario her passion for art has played an instrumental role in the preservation and the evolution of Indigenous Art. Deadman holds a Fine Art Diploma, Fanshawe College (London, ON) and BFA, University of Windsor (Windsor, ON). She has over twenty years of curatorial practice beginning as Curatorial Intern at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto, ON); Curator-in-Residence at Museum London (London, ON); Curator at MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina, SK) and former Director/Curator at Woodstock Art Gallery (Woodstock, ON). She has curated numerous independent projects and was selected to the Aboriginal Curators Delegation to the Sydney Biennale and New Zealand and the Venice Biennale and Basel Art Fair awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Woodland Cultural Centre has recently been in the National spotlight for the multi-million dollar restoration project of the former Mohawk Institute with the “Save the Evidence” campaign. Along with the team at Woodland Cultural Centre, Patricia will be representing both the history and culture of Indigenous people, and the innovations in their creative art forms for all to experience.

Patricia has been an Advisor for the Mush Hole Project Curatorial Committee, Planet IndigenUS, the Department of Canadian Heritage, CBC Artspots and has done amazing work with the Native Womans’ Healing Circle and Native Urban Youth. Her unique perspective as an Artist herself and her years of contribution in the Indigenous Arts community, make her an important asset to Woodland Cultural Centre.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the vision of Woodland Cultural Centre. I look forward to working with the passionate and dedicated staff who share the commitment of sharing our stories, histories and places that inspire, inform and enrich our communities.” – Patricia Deadman 

With the project of restoring the former Mohawk Institute Residential School still pushing ahead this next chapter of Woodland Cultural Centre is going to be an exciting one.

Please help Woodland Cultural Centre welcome Patricia Deadman as the new Museum/Art Curator.

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Woodland Cultural Centre is excited to announce that our Save the Evidence Tshirts are now available online for purchase!


The proceeds from these shirt sales goes directly to the Save the Evidence Campaign, a multi-million dollar restoration project to transform the former Mohawk Institute Residential School into and interactive cultural site.


The Orange Shirt was released as part of #orangeshirtday which is a national day of recognition and remembrance of survivors of the Residential Schools. The orange shirt is symbolic of the story of one survivor named Phyllis. She tells the story of when she arrived at the school, they took her shiny new orange shirt.


Schools, organizations, and supporters around the world wear their Orange Shirts on Sept 30th this year to show their acknowledgement of Residential Schools in Canada.


Group Orders Available DEADLINE AUG 23rd!

Please Email for the volume order form.



Click Here to Order Online!

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Join our team!

Cultural Interpreter

Under the direction of the Education Coordinator, the Cultural Interpreter assumes responsibility for guiding tours of the Woodland Cultural Centre’s museum, facilitate residential school presentations as well as workshop instructions. The Cultural Interpreter will be working in conjunction with other staff members to provide knowledge of the Centre and complete other duties related to Museum Education.


Overview of Responsibilities:

The Cultural Interpreter is responsible for facilitating the WCC’s Museum Education Department programming. This includes:

Program Delivery – 60%
• Facilitate Museum Education workshops and presentations to the public as requested, which may include craft workshops, traditional music/dance, sports; individually and cooperatively as needed.
• Conduct guided tours of the Centre; including the museum, art galleries
• Be able to provide outreach presentations and workshops
• Present residential school information sessions

Preparation and organization -30%
• Preparing craft kits and workshop materials ahead of group visits
• Maintaining workshop materials by keeping inventory up to date and storing in an organized manner

Program Development – 10%
• Working with Education Coordinator to improve current Museum Education programming and developing new programming
• Conducting research to assist in program development
• Familiarizing self with federal and provincial curriculum



• Possess good oral and written communication skills
• Possess knowledge of Residential School, specifically Mohawk Institute.
• Have an understanding of the history of Six Nations and Haudenosaunee culture.
• Enjoy working with the public
• Reliable and demonstrate interpersonal and problem-solving skills
• Understand the social and political context of the Woodland Cultural Centre Museum, Education program and Art galleries to First Nations
• Traditional craft and artistic ability an asset
• Knowledge of Haudenosaunee languages an asset
• Must be able to pass Vulnerable Sector Check


Closing date: Friday, August 16th 2019




Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage.

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

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

Attn: Lindsay Bomberry
Education Coordinator
(519) 759-2650 ext. 231

Note: Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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By Lindsay Monture

Roberta Hill keeps herself busy by playing an active role in exposing the dark side of Canada’s history, Indian Residential Schools, that has been kept hidden for too long, and makes efforts to help the community and the public heal and move forward together.  She is one of many Mohawk Institute Survivors who frequently work with the Woodland Cultural Centre’s Education Department to deliver conversations with visitors in our continued effort to educate people about the legacy of Residential Schools.  Roberta is on the Save the Evidence Advisory Committee, and sits on the Mohawk Village Memorial Park Board.  What is very apparent in all the work she does is the love and commitment she shows in honouring the memory of the children who attended Residential Schools.

Roberta is Mohawk, Turtle Clan. She attended the Mohawk Institute from February of 1957 to January of 1961. Out of six siblings who came into the school, only she and her sister Dawn were sent to be fostered in Durham County.  Her other siblings were fostered at Six Nations. They were wards of the crown from age 6 to 18. Roberta returned home after she aged out of the system, but returning to Six Nations wasn’t as easy as one would think.

“You think you’re coming back to the life you had.  It doesn’t work that way. The kids are grown up. You don’t recognize them because your last memory you had of them in your mind, they’re still little,” Roberta explains.  “When you see them, they look at you like you’re a stranger, so it was really a hard transition to try to fit in.  It always seems like you’re in limbo somewhere. Where do you belong when you weren’t raised here?”  

As children, Roberta and Dawn were moved around and went through three foster homes. “You’re not really tied to anything, there aren’t roots you can put down anywhere, and that’s half the battle with kids.  You need to have a stable, firm foundation for kids to grow up in. You need to plant those roots early,” she says.  Roberta has a lot of sympathy for the treatment of  children, but especially for the ones who came to the Mush Hole (Mohawk Institute) from up north.

“They didn’t speak anything but their own Native language and they brought them into this environment and expected them to learn and adapt to another language.  They don’t know why they’re gonna get punished for speaking their language. It’s just cruel all-around,” says Roberta, who uses her experience as a driving force for her advocacy.  “To me, I didn’t find much help for kids. It’s institutional here, it’s like jail. You gotta learn the rules and follow the rules and you’ll be okay – maybe. If you follow the rules you don’t get into too much trouble.  It’s just not a way to raise children. Once we [Survivors] started talking about Residential School and we’re hearing a lot more people come forward with their stories, you become a witness to their pain. It’s not just about you, it’s about others and how many were hurt by this Residential School system.”

Through her involvement with the Woodland Cultural Centre, Save the Evidence, and the Mohawk Village Memorial Park, Roberta carries hope for the community to find peace moving forward. She reflects on her childhood, and all the times when she found solace playing outside of the girls’ side of the building, where the park will be built.

“That was one of the safest places for me, it was more peaceful and I just loved playing outside, so it has a lot of significance to me,” Roberta recalls. “It was just always safe. Mother Nature never hurt us. The land never hurt us. It was always outdoors where we had our little adventures and we could do what kids do.”

“All I want is for children to be remembered.  I want people to remember what happened in this building, and this building represents all the other ones,” Roberta says.  She expresses that she appreciates that the building still stands today, despite its history. “It’s a good thing it didn’t get torn down you know, because we would have nothing. I know it’s an ugly history.  It is ugly memories for a lot of us, but it proves the point that it existed.”  

While the Mohawk Institute building still stands, she believes the Mohawk Village Memorial Park will add a positive balance to the property.  

“I can’t reconcile with all that’s done, but within myself I think this park will create an environment that’s peaceful, it’s safer, it can tell a story too,” she explains. “It’s one of those places where – I want to gather in peace. I don’t want to gather in violence and all those hurtful things that went on in this building. Why can’t we gather in peace and move forward together? I think that’s significant because it can be a path forward to good things.”