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Woodland Cultural Centre announces “Unplugged” a Socially Distanced outdoor concert celebrating Nationally renowned Indigenous Singer Songwriters. 


The Woodland Cultural Centre is inviting the community out to their first social distanced outdoor concert, showcasing Nationally renowned Indigenous Singer Songwriters from across Turtle Island on September 19, 2020 from 7-10PM.

What is Unplugged?

Unplugged is a socially distanced concert as part of the Tehonkieron:nions (They are Entertaining) performing art series.  This acoustic concert is highlighting the female voices of singer/songwriters: Lacey Hill (Six Nations), Biine Elijah (Oneida), Ila Barker (Manitoba) and Beatrice Deer (Quebec).  Due to travel restrictions the performances of Beatrice Deer and Ila Barker will be screened instead of in-person performances. The evening will be hosted by Santee Smith, founding and Managing Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre; Chancellor of McMaster University in Hamiliton; Artist and Guest Speaker.  Santee Smith is an internationally recognized leader in the performing arts, a multidisciplinary artist, choreographer and producer from the Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk) Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario.


Performances will take place on the front steps of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School and symbolize the resilience of Indigenous culture, creativity and expression. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the evening from socially distanced spaces as marked. 


Advance tickets will be on sale at for $15 each or $25 family ticket (4 people max) and also available at the door the day of the event.


Woodland Cultural Centre is excited to be opening back up to the public, however limited tickets will be available to stay within COVID protocols.

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Woodland Cultural Centre Re-Opening Protocols

Welcome back to the Woodland Cultural Centre! We are ecstatic to be able to reopen the doors to our Museum and Art Galleries to the public. New protocols have been implemented to protect all visitors and staff, following the government guidelines (Six Nations-Phase II).

Woodland Cultural Centre reopens


The continued health and safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. Woodland Cultural Centre will maintain strict social distancing protocols limiting building capacity within the museum and galleries to an occupancy level of ten (10) allowing employees and visitors to keep a physical distance of at least two (2) metres, except for brief exchanges.

The following steps will be enforced under public health orders:

  • For the safety of all staff and visitors, we will be utilizing a timed-entry ticketing system. Please book your ticket online in advance before visiting the Centre. We are limiting the number of people in the Museum/Gallery at any one time to allow for physical distancing which means you do not need to stand in line. Your entry time will be specified, so please ensure that you are on time. Once you are inside, you may enjoy the Museum and Gallery for one hour.
  • Upon arrival, employees and visitors must complete an assessment questionnaire. WCC supports public health efforts to assist with contact tracing, and is committed to protecting the privacy of everyone entering the building and will only retain personal information for so long as is necessary. Everyone is to follow all health and safety procedures, including wearing masks, and staying two (2) metres apart. Any staff or visitors who are feeling unwell will not be permitted entrance.
  • Touchless payment (i.e. credit and debit cards) is preferred over cash
  • Plexi-glass barriers at Reception DeskPlease leave backpacks and large bags at home
  • There will be no guided tours, only self-guided tours
  • Please wait your turn. There are a limited number of visitors allowed inside the Museum and Art Galleries at all times. Follow the social distancing markers

Health Precautions

• Visitors are required to wear masks during the entire visit*. Masks available on site for a nominal charge if you forget to bring your own
• Do not gather in groups; please keep your “social circle” to a maximum of 4 people
• We ask that all visitors sanitize their hands upon entry. Hand-sanitation stations are located throughout the museum and galleries.
• Stringent cleaning practices and schedules have increased. High traffic areas are cleaned and disinfected multiple times daily
• Employees and visitors must self-screen before visiting the Woodland Cultural Centre
• Don’t visit the Woodland Cultural Centre if you feel unwell
Public Spaces & Onsite Cleaning
• Follow directional arrows and signage for entering and exiting the building and in gallery spaces and hallways to maintain social distancing and prevent congestion
• No coat check or locker rentals will be allowed
• No seating will be in the museum or galleries
• Washrooms have frequent sanitization and are restricted to 2 individuals at a time
• Personal water bottles with locking lids and baby bottles are permitted in the museum and galleries. Please be careful around the art. Beverages and snacks are not available for purchase.

Book your Ticket

Please book your ticket online or by phone in advance to your visit. Call Visitor Services: 519.759.2650 or, register for your admission tickets from our website where you will be given a specific time for entry.

Walk-in visitors will be accommodated on a first come first served basis and as space allows.

In an effort to reduce physical contact, download our visitor guide and a map of the museum and galleries!


New Hours

Tuesday to Friday 10 am – 3 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday closed.

The first hour, from 10 am to 11 am, is reserved for individuals who are deemed vulnerable.

*All visitors over 2 years of age are required to wear a mask or face covering while visiting the Woodland Cultural Centre. We ask that all our visitors help us keep everyone healthy and safe by wearing a mask or face covering while visiting the Centre. If it is not possible for you to wear a mask / face covering or a face shield due to a pre-existing health condition, or due to any other reasons protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code, please email our Visitor Services Coordinator – in advance of your visit and we will attempt to accommodate you wherever possible.


Got Questions? Check out our COVID FAQ page


Nia:wen/Thank you for your cooperation.
See you soon.

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Woodland Cultural Centre to host virtual Orange Shirt Day events for schools and families at home.


orange shirt day virtual events 2020

Woodland Cultural Centre will be hosting multiple days of virtual Orange Shirt Day events for both the classroom and also families at home from Sept 29 – Oct 4.

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange Shirt Day (September 30th) is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to Residential Schools in Canada and learn more about the history of these schools. It has become a National Campaign to raise awareness and provide education about Residential Schools in Canada. 

Last year Woodland Cultural Centre invited over 400 guests for the Survivors Gathering, and over 150 students came to the centre for an educational experience on Orange Shirt Day. Unfortunately, this year the programming will have to be modified due to our current COVID procedures. 

Education is still our primary focus, and the Orange Shirt Day campaign stands for an important lesson we must all understand and acknowledge. This year our events will be happening virtually through the use of ZOOM. We will have multiple days available for schools and organizations, and also several public sessions for families who are at home yet still want to participate.


Program Overview for School Events

Sept 29, 30, & Oct 1 – 9:30am to 11:30am

Appropriate for grades 6+

Woodland Cultural Centre’s Education Team invites schools across Turtle Island to gather with us to acknowledge and understand the significance of Orange Shirt Day. The programming will be delivered through a ZOOM, and each classroom will come together to learn together. Multiple screening dates available.

  • Introduction by Woodland Cultural Centre Education Coordinator (15 minutes)
  • Virtual Tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School (45 minutes)
  • Survivor Speaker Testimonials (20 minutes)
  • Q & A session (30 minutes)
  • Teachers’ Resource package including activities to prepare your class for participation, follow up activities and further list of resources to for use with students and as background

Click Here Now to Download the Registration Package


To register your class for this Virtual Orange Shirt Day event please 

Melissa Mt. Pleasant

Program Overview for Public Family Events

Oct 2, 3, & 4 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Oct 4 – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Appropriate for grades 6+

Woodland Cultural Centre understands that during these uncertain times, not all of our youth will be attending school. We have created separate events for families at home who wish to attend our virtual Orange Shirt Day event. Multiple screening dates available.

  • Introduction by Woodland Cultural Centre Education Coordinator (15 minutes)
  • Virtual Tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School (45 minutes)
  • Survivor Speaker Testimonials (20 minutes)
  • Q & A session (30 minutes)
  • Teachers’ Resource package including activities to prepare your class for participation, follow up activities and further list of resources to for use with students and as background

Click Here to Book Tickets October 2, 2020 @6:30pm


Click Here to Book Tickets October 3, 2020 @6:30pm


Click Here to Book Tickets October 4, 2020 @1:30pm


Click Here to Book Tickets October 4, 2020 @6:30pm


Home Study/Teacher’s Prepackage Now Available:

Our Education Staff has put together an informative Home Study Guide for all of those registered for our online events, so they have a better understanding of the history and significance before attending the actual event. Inside this resource package you will get:

  • Personal Letter from our Education Coordinator
  • About the Hodinohsho:ni/Six Nations Confederacy
  • History of Grand River settlement
  • Orange Shirt Day background
  • Mohawk Institute Residential School history

We will also be providing a POST package to send out to families and educators filled with resources to continue the conversation and dialogue about this dark part of Canadian history.


Orange Shirts available for pre-order before the event

School Order Deadline: September 15th, 2020


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word of the day six nations


The First Nations Language program is dedicated to rationalizing, revitalizing and maintaining First Nations Languages, locally, regionally and nationally in the capacity of advisory services and best practices.

After 35 years, the Language Department is excited about the increasing interests in raising the bar from offering mere NSL Program Delivery mode to a First Nations Bilingualism mode in a Language Immersion setting. In Language Immersion the First Nations communities are coming to realize the potential and value of the intellect, wisdom and genius of their original First Nations Civilizations in Ontario.

First Nations are actively articulating the value and the fact that all sectors, partners and levels of governments are celebrating First Nations Bilingualism in the 21st century.

Our staff have been working on a collection of short instructional videos to help you learn to pronounce words from the Six Nations.


Mohawk  – Kanyen’kéha ka

August – Sehskéha

Time of Freshness or Green Vegetables

Cayuga  – Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ

Summer – Gęnhéhneh


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Last weekend the Woodland Cultural Centre Art staff hosted a free virtual screening of the Quilt of Belonging Documentary. The film was introduced by artists Esther Bryan, who also stayed after the film for a live Q & A session.

Quilt of Belonging is is a richly hued portrait of the human family. It is a 120 ft long collaborative textile art project. The 263 blocks portray the rich cultural legacies of every nation of the world. The Quilt represents all First Peoples living in Canada, First Nations, Inuit and Métis; from Abenaki to Yellowknives Dene First Nation including community members of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.

The feedback from everyone was powerful and inspiring. Quilt of Belonging Exhibition at Woodland Cultural Centre has been extended to October 31st, 2020 and will be available for viewing with timed tickets within the next couple of weeks.

Here are just a few of the comments from community members:

“I love that you recorded everyone speaking their own languages, you didn’t require anyone to speak English to participate. Very cool.” – Elisabeth Sunnen

“Thank you so much for this – I can’t wait to be able to come back to WCC!” – Amber Wood

“This is a national treasure! thank you!” – Phyllis Goodfellow

“Niá:wen, I really enjoyed this presentation tonight!” – Jennifer Hayward

We’ve had many requests for the replay of this virtual event. Our staff were able to record the screening and the Q & A so that those who missed it live can still participate. Make sure to Subscribe to our Youtube Channel for more video updates!

Several educators and parents were watching the Online Film Screening of the Quilt of Belonging, and saw the significance of adding the message of the Quilt to their curriculum and sharing it with their children. Quilt of Belonging has a full range of online resources available to help teachers and guide them on projects and lessons to introduce the Quilt.

See Quilt of Belonging Teacher’s Resources here

Watch the Replay of the Online Film Screening of Quilt of Belonging Below


Stay Plugged into our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our Website Calendar for more exciting and education events. 

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Quilt of Belonging  the Documentary, will be the next online film screening at Woodland Cultural Centre.

Quilt of Belonging Documentary Screening at Woodland

Do you know the story behind the making of Quilt of Belonging?

Our Team is excited to host another virtual event for the community at home. Join us August 16th for a Free Film Screening of “Quilt of Belonging; A Place for All” Documentary with a live introduction and Q & A with the Artist Esther Bryan.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we were unable to keep the exhibition open. As we prepare for re-opening we are announcing the online screening of the full length documentary that goes along with this textile piece on August 16, 2020 at 7pm.

Quilt of Belonging is a richly hued portrait of the human family, created by Esther Bryan. It is a 120 ft long collaborative textile art project. The 263 blocks portray the rich cultural legacies of every nation of the world. The Quilt represents over 70 Indigenous Nations in Canada; from Abenaki to Yellowknives Dene First Nation including community members of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. 

In addition, the exhibition will be extended through to October 31, 2020 to ensure the community has a chance to witness this incredible collaborative piece.


The documentary recounts the story of making the Quilt and includes interviews with artist Esther Bryan and many block makers.

The film screening will include an introduction and a live Q & A with artist Esther Bryan and will take place virtually on a private zoom meeting. 


Free Admission but limited seating capacity in the virtual room.

Wifi/Internet Connection and streaming device will be required. 


“This film screening allows the community to get to know the story of Quilt of Belonging from the comfort of their own homes before we prepare to open the exhibition back up to the public.” – Layla Black, Marketing Coordinator


Block by Block, Community by Community, the Quilt brings us all together.

We look forward to seeing you and your family for this Virtual Learning Experience.


Register for the Zoom Event Here.


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orange shirt day orders online

The Woodland Cultural Centre is now accepting orders of Orange T-Shirts for Orange Shirt Day 2020.

Orange Shirt Day occurs on September 30th each year. It is a time for us to be mindful of the experiences of those who attended residential schools in Canada, and to acknowledge the resiliency of Survivors of the residential school system. Orange Shirt Day originated in British Columbia in recognition of a residential school Survivor whose grandmother had purchased a new orange shirt for them to wear on their first day of school; upon admission, that shirt was taken away and the Survivor never saw it again. The Orange Shirt has since been adopted as a visual representation of the things which our communities have endured throughout the legacy of residential schools and are a recognizable way for us to show our support for Survivors in their healing journeys.

For the fourth year, the Woodland Cultural Centre is selling orange t-shirts, which can be ordered by employees or employers for purchase ahead of the September 30th date.


T-Shirts are available in Youth Sizes Small-XL, and Adult Sizes Small-3XL. All sizes are Unisex. The cost per t-shirt is $20.00, with available methods of payment being cash, debit/credit and cheque.

DEADLINE: Volume Orders are due Thursday, August 20th.

All orders will be available for pickup on Tuesday September 8th. Delivery may be available for organizations outside of the Brantford/Brant County/Six Nations/New Credit area for a fee and by special arrangement only. 

All proceeds from the sale of these shirts go towards supporting the Save the Evidence campaign, which aims to repair and restore the former Mohawk Institute Residential School for use as an interpretive historic site. As one of only a handful of former residential school buildings still standing in Canada, and one of only two in Ontario, the site will be incorporated into Woodland Cultural Centre’s one-of-a-kind educational experience and stand testimony to continued Indigenous Resilience. 

The support from businesses, schools, and organizations over the past years has been incredible and we hope, even though 2020 is a different year, to see the same response from the local community and Nation wide.

Remember, the sooner you are able to submit your orders, the better to guarantee you will receive them in time! Curbside Pickup and Shipping Options are available. 


Click Here to Order through our Online Store


100% of the proceeds from these sales will go to benefit the Save the Evidence campaign, which is working to raise support for the refurbishing and repair of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School building for use as an interpreted historic site. Learn more about the Save the Evidence Campaign


Download Orange Shirt Volume Order Form Here Now


If you need more information about orders or want to place a Volume order, please contact Jessie Hill at If you have questions about the Save the Evidence project, contact Carley Gallant-Jenkins at