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The deadline has been extended for First Nations Art 2017 submissions to APRIL 15 BY 4:00PM! Be sure to get your submissions in to be a part of the longest running annual exhibition in Canada.

For more details on how to submit your works, please visit:

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First Nations Art Exhibition: May 26 – July 28, 2017
The Woodland Cultural Centre is a longstanding Cultural Centre of Excellence that promotes and supports the Visual Arts of Canada. Established in 1975, First Nations Art is one of the longest running annual exhibits that provide established and emerging First Nations artists an excellent opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a fine art gallery setting. The Centre is extending an invitation to all artists of First Nations ancestry to submit up to three works of art, for presentation in this year’s First Nations Art.

Requirements for submissions will consist of RECENT (1-2 year) works by artists (18+) of First Nations ancestry and will be juried by the Artistic Director and selected jurors.


A) Painting in any media (oil, acrylic, watercolour)
B) Drawings and prints in any media (including photographic)
C) Sculpture in any media (including pottery)
D) Installations (include plans and images for proposed work)
E) Traditionally-based works (bead, quill and leather work)

Only up to THREE works may be submitted.

All paintings, drawings and prints must be framed and/or READY TO HANG – if works do not meet gallery display standard they will be subject to disqualification.

Submit your entry today! Please find the application form in the gallery at the bottom of this article.


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Each month the Woodland Cultural Centre hosts a Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School Survivor to discuss their lives and experiences while at the school. Woodland staff lead visitors through a discussion on the history of residential schools, what reconciliation means today, and a Q&A.

Admission is only $10 per person, and includes FREE admission to the museum during your visit. Pre-registration is required. Sessions fill up quick, so contact us today! Register by contacting OR 519-759-2650 ext 230.

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We are now fully booked for Tours until July 2017. If you would like to book a tour for the summer or for the 2017/18 school year, please contact or 519-759-2650 ext 230. We apologize for any inconvenience, and would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Woodland!

Couldn’t get a tour for this school year? Call us to inquire about our educational and craft workshops we can bring to you! You can check out the full list here: Education, Crafts

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Construction and renovations have officially begun on the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School building. Thank you to all of our donors and supporters who made this possible!

While construction is ongoing, please note that parking at Woodland has adjusted slightly. When planning your visit, please refer to the above map. Thank you for your patience during this time!

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UnREZerved (February 25 – May 2, 2017)
Opening Reception: February 25th, 12PM – 2PM

Authoritative constructions of geographic documents such as maps, are often represented as bordered and contained. This makes it difficult for non-Indigenous people to conceptualize borders as transforming over time; not that they do not exist, but that they transform in relation to multiple fields of engagement and cultural contexts. Geographic borders also work to distance us from one another, especially in terms of national boundaries, which in turn create nationalities: peoples defined within those territorial borders. At the same time, these geographic boundaries can be important defining features of a community. “UnReZerved” includes subject matter of creation stories, legends, significant reference marks for cultural significance, traditional place names, negotiations with the government, commodification of natural resources. All of these features lead to a better understanding of the treaty process that is currently in effect, “as long as the sun shines, the rivers flow, and the grass grows”.

In this exhibition, the viewer is ‘UnReZerved’ to explore visual storytelling that challenges our acquired and sometimes preconceived personal knowledge. Perusing subject matter of the artists’ and understanding the forces of assimilation from each of their collective treaty boundaries, the experience can educate and better inform viewers. The complexity of this issue is juxtaposed in relation to subject matter from the three Traditional Schools of Art – Inuit, West Coast and Woodlands style art. Common themes of natural and supernatural connections do not delineate far from one another. Noticeable difference is usually represented in the style or technique. West Coast style is often created in a Totemic style. Inuit style art is largely created from printmaking. Woodlands style often replicates “X- Ray” stylized paintings. In this exhibit, we should find new inspiration through historical and contemporary visual storytelling created by the original Inhabitants of this land. Forward thinking, allows a better understanding and a respectful opportunity for a cultural sharing of knowledge that would include reciprocal learning without prejudice as a basis of new understanding.

Please join us for the opening reception February 25th at 12PM. Refreshments will be available, and this event is free and open to the public.

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Canadian Stage, Native Earth Performing Arts and Volcano Theatre have come together to present Theatre of Upheaval, a week long intensive consisting of two mind-blowing workshops led by acclaimed international artists, Kiki Katese, founding director of Rwanda Professional Dreamers and Ingoma Nshya (“New Era”) – Women Initiatives and Rachael Maza, Artistic Director of Ilbijerri Theatre Company in Australia.

The workshops will be taking place from March 31st to April 5th. For full workshop descriptions, instructors’ bios and the schedule visit:

Here’s the great part: we have received some generous funding to award bursaries to 4 Indigenous Artists and the Woodland Cultural Centre will nominate either two people to take part in both classes or four people to take part in one class each.

Below are some parameters:
– Individual must be over the age of 19
– Individual has a demonstrated practice in theater making and performance

If you or someone you know is interested – Please contact Artistic Associate – Gyeho Thomas at the Woodland Cultural Centre via email at before Tuesday February 21, 2017.