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Even though our galleries are still closed, our team is working hard to gather educational resources to compliment our current exhibition “The Witness Blanket”.

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.

Join us on Tuesday March 23, 2021 at 6PM for an exclusive virtual tour with master carver Carey Newman as he shares some of the stories that make up the Witness Blanket.

 

Register for the Zoom Meeting Here or watch on our Facebook Page live.

This event is a Free Event with a suggested donation of $5 to help support Arts Programming.

Click the Button Below to Make a Donation with your Ticket



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Emily Pauline Johnson (10 March 1861 – 7 March 1913), also known by her Mohawk stage name Tekahionwake (pronounced dageh-eeon-wageh, literally ‘double-life’), was a Canadian poet, author, and performer who was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

 

flint and feather pauline johnsonJohnson was well known for her poems, short stories, and performances that celebrated her mixed-race heritage, drawing from both her Indigenous and English background.

Her most popular books of poetry were The White Wampum (1895), Canadian Born (1903), and Flint and Feather (1912); and her collections of stories Legends of Vancouver (1911), The Shagganappi (1913), and The Moccasin Maker (1913)

Johnson was committed and passionate about Native causes however she was deeply entrenched in the world of Canada’s pioneering New Women and their efforts to increase opportunities for the female sex. E. Pauline Johnson paved a way and made a name for herself as an Indigenous woman.

What are your favourite works by E. Pauline Johnson?

Inside the Woodland Cultural Centre Museum you will find several artifacts, books, clothes and posters from Tekahionwake’s journey. as writer and celebrated performer.

Who are some other strong Indigenous females that you look up to?

Today for International Women’s Day, let’s look at the strength of the First Women of Canada and celebrate the courage of Indigenous Women all around Turtle Island. Let us honour  them not just today, but everyday.

Some people believed Johnson was Canada’s best Native American poet. Some others attributed her success to her theatrical talents or to her successful blending of Indian and English elements in her poetry. For her part, Johnson seemed to care little whether she was remembered as a great poet. “Forget that I was Pauline Johnson, but remember that I was Tekahionwake, the Mohawk that humbly aspired to be the saga singer of her people,” she was quoted as saying in Lucie Hartley’s biography, Pauline Johnson.

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Museum Jobs at Woodland Cultural Centre

Posting Period:       March 2, 2021 – March 19, 2021 @ 4:00p.m.

Position:                  Marketing & Programming Supervisor

Location:                 Woodland Cultural Centre

Job Status:              Full-Time Permanent

Hours of Work:      37.5

Salary Range:         $45,000 – $55,000/annum

 

SUMMARY

Reporting to the Curator, the Marketing & Programming Supervisor will manage the marketing and public programming for the Woodland Cultural Centre.  The Marketing & Programming Supervisor will take the lead on marketing initiatives and public programming development, event planning, liaise with the local arts & cultural institutions, training summer students and interns, and look for opportunities to expand and improve the visitor experience.  The Marketing & Programming Supervisor will work within the policies and procedures established by the Woodland Cultural Centre.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist the Executive Director by leading the marketing initiatives and public programming development.
  • Hire, train, and supervise summer students and interns, ensuring customer service and the visitor experience is positive and staff understand history and culture of the community.
  • Implement the marketing plan/strategies aimed at increasing traffic to the Centre and its events
  • Update and create content for website and all of the social media sites
  • Coordinate graphic design jobs with 3rd party contractor
  • Coordinate all video and photo shoots with 3rd party contractor
  • Assist in the maintenance of partnerships and relationships with local arts and cultural institutions
  • Research, identify, secure and preserve new or relevant public programming.
  • Assist in installing permanent and temporary thematic exhibits.
  • Implement public programming
  • Assist with grant proposals, employment incentives, and requests for funding proposals.
  • Assist with planning and operations of special events
  • Creation of marketing reports to be reviewed by the Board of Directors.
  • Perform other administrative duties as required

 

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

Download Full 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: March 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm

 

 

 

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

 

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3S 2X2

 

Administrative Assistant

(519) 759-2650

administration@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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Posting Period:       March 2, 2021 – March 19, 2021 @ 4:00p.m.

 

Position:                  Language & Cultural Coordinator

Location:                 Woodland Cultural Centre

Job Status:              Full-Time Permanent

Hours of Work:      37.5

Salary Range:         $30,000 -$46,865/annum

 

SUMMARY

 

Reporting to the Curator, the Language & Cultural Coordinator will manage the daily operations of the Dwadwenaga:dat Language Centre.  The Language & Cultural Coordinator will lead language and cultural programs, continue the documentation, research, stabilization, and promotion of Ǫngwehǫ:weh languages, train contract staff and summer students, and work closely with the language programs in the three support First Nations.  The Language & Cultural Coordinator will work within the policies and procedures established by the Woodland Cultural Centre.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Act as first point of contact for the Dwadwenaga:dat Language Centre including greeting visitors as they enter the Centre, answering calls/emails, and responding to inquiries.
  • Assist the Curator by leading the cultural educational programming initiatives. Coordinates with the Cultural Interpreters in delivery of cultural education programming.
  • Hire, train, and supervise the contract staff and summer students, ensuring staff understand language and culture of the community.
  • Assist in the maintenance of partnerships and relationships with Six Nations, Wahta Mohawks and Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte language programs.
  • Development and coordination of introductory level Haudenosaunee languages workshops
  • Ensure safe and secure handling of language recordings.
  • Develop and install language displays in the Centre and Museum/Galleries.
  • Assist with grant proposals, employment incentives, and requests for funding proposals.
  • Assist in the development of strategies to improve the viability and growth of language learners.
  • Assist with design of financial models, budgets and proposals.
  • Perform other administrative duties as required

 

 

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

Download Full Job Description Here

 

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

All applicants for this position should submit a current CV or Resume, a sample of writing in an Ǫgwehǫ:weh Language on the topic of their choice, and three references. References must include one reference who can attest to applicants level of proficiency and literacy in an Ǫgwehǫ:weh Language, one employment reference, and one personal or community reference.

 

Preference will be given to applicants of Ǫgwehǫ:weh heritage who are proficient in the languages of Cayuga or Onondaga.

 

Closing Date: March 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm

 

 

 

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

 

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3S 2X2

 

Administrative Assistant

(519) 759-2650

administration@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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The Save the Evidence team has been working hard to create the February E-Newsletter. Inside this edition you will read about important updates regarding our Fall Campaign, Giving Tuesday and some exciting new announcements of foundation supporters like CIBC and TD Bank.

 

It has been a primary focus of Woodland Cultural Centre staff to keep lines of communication open during these challenging times and email has been an extremely effective way for us to share information about events, fundraisers, and exhibitions. We continue to express our gratitude to all of you who have supported the Centre and especially the Save the Evidence campaign. We hope that all of you will join our E-Newsletter list to continue to stay plugged into the heart beat of programming at Woodland Cultural Centre.

“We support your vision to raise awareness and transform tragedy into opportunities for cultural growth.” – Barbara and Rae Cross, STE Donor

 

“May there be healing, affirmation, catharsis, and transformative/restorative learning through this process. My heart is with residential school survivors and their families, those who are remembered, and all who have been affected. Thank you/Miigwech for your work.” – Sarah Tumaliuan, STE Donor

Nya:weh/Thank you to all of you who support the vision of Woodland Cultural Centre and the Save the Evidence Campaign.

  1. Click Here Now to Subscribe to Emails from Woodland Cultural Centre

 

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 Woodland Cultural Centre (WCC) is excited to announce the upcoming virtual film screening  of the musical documentary “The Road Forward” on February 21, 2021 at 7PM. This event is part of the Teioia’ks iakwatero:roks  “We Watch Movies” Film Series.  Join us together with Patricia Deadman, Curator (WCC) for a viewing of film followed by a question and answer period.

the road forward marie clements

The film The Road Forward connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history, the be beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930’s with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. Shot in musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with blues, rock and traditional beats. Woodland Cultural Centre is excited to bring virtual programming, and film screenings that are not only available to local community members but now can be available to anyone, anywhere with a computer and wifi connection.

“Art continues to remain as a tool for activism. Marie Clements is a storyteller. She masterfully weaves layers of history and influences together from the past that inform the present through film, theatre, writing. Marie eloquently creates an awareness to issues of politics, race and gender that affect individuals and community. The Road Forward engages audiences to consider the resiliency of community.” –Patricia Deadman, Curator

 

Featuring local artists and speakers Murray Porter, Cheri Maracle and Jennifer Kreisburg, the Road Forward uses song and melody to tell a powerful story. This film was based of a live performance that many enjoyed in person and now with technology, can continue to experience globally.

 

WCC offers the invitation for this FREE EVENT to all, and hopes many will join us for this virtual film screening. The Arts department has a suggested minimum donation of $5 to help the Arts department continue to provide digital programming during these challenging times. Pay what you can and come watch movies with us!

Click the Button to Make a Donation to support Arts and Programming at Woodland Cultural Centre



Register without Donation Here

 

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The “Teioia’ks iakwatero:roks” We Watch Movies Film Series is a monthly virtual event hosted by the WCC Arts Department to bring the community together in this time of social distance to celebrate Indigenous Films, Actors, and Film makers.

 

Date: February 21st, 2021 at 7PM

Admission: Free with a suggested donation

 

Admission is based on donation and all are welcome. Your donations go towards the Arts Department and allow WCC to continue to provide programming all year round.

For those that are able we ask that you make a donation through the buttons below. Your zoom registration link will be sent to your email.

 

Click the Link to Make a Donation or email frontdesk@woodlandculturalcentre.ca to Register without Donation.



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Our Save the Evidence campaign would not have made it this far in the project without the support from local community businesses. Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc have supported the project by donating funds to the campaign and also contributing the time of their staff to learn about the history of residential schools in Canada.

 

We send many Nya:wehs to those that continue to lock arms with us to cross the finish line and appreciate this statement made from TMHC.

 

TMHC donated to the Save the Evidence campaign and supports the efforts to preserve the building as a long-standing reminder of the residential school era to ensure that it is not erased from mainstream Canadian history.

The stories of the survivors need to be told and preserved as part of this shared colonial history. They are emotional, heart-breaking and raw.

Many people will never fully appreciate what life was like at residential schools. Yet hearing the personal memories of survivors helps adults and children alike better understand the day-to-day trauma they experienced in a familiar, relatable way.

Some of our staff had the privilege of touring the facility during the Ontario Archaeological Society’s conference held in Brantford in 2017 with the theme of “From Truth to Reconciliation: Redefining Archaeology in Ontario.”

We were forever changed by the experience.

– Holly Martelle, Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc.

 

This story was featured in our last Save the Evidence Newsletter. Our next newsletter is in editing stages so CLICK HERE NOW to enter your email so you don’t miss the updates.

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The Vision: Ga:hǫh ne’ hni’ ga:howe:kso/Covered and Uncovered – An Online Auction of Face Masks

 

“Artists respond to the world around them in a way that only they can.  To showcase these masks truly represent the impacts a global pandemic has had on individuals and communities.  The impacts the pandemic had on artists and arts organizations like Woodland Cultural Centre has been detrimental.  However, I saw artists and arts organizations shift their activities in new ways to ensure that we continued to create and present art.  With this auction, I hope that it brings to light the importance art is to our world and more specifically to our communities.” Janis Monture, Executive Director

 

WCC’s National Call for Submission is requesting Indigenous artists to create new original works of art in the form of a face mask in response to the new realities created by the global coronavirus pandemic impacting so many Indigenous communities across the country. The artful masks created may include any mixed media inclusive of but not limited to glass bead, quill, leather, found objects etc. The mask can be either functional or sculptural. WCC will host our first online fundraising auction in mid-April with 50% of proceeds shared with artists and 50% to support WCC programs, specifically School Visits & Educational Programming and Exhibitions.

Photo Courtesy of Santee Smith.

The masks represent resilience and perseverance in this difficult and uncertain time.

Indigenous artists continue to find creative methods that share cultural knowledge and provide a guiding light and offer hope and resilience. Artists are asked to create a face mask that now has become universal, omnipresent and mandated. They are a blessing and a curse; they keep you safe yet obstruct our interactions and expressions. Masks have become personalized yet they are uncomfortable and make it difficult to breathe. What do masks represent to you and how do you view it?

 

WCC recognizes the contribution of artistic creativity and offers an online opportunity to support initiatives. WCC continues to develop its operating and programming initiatives to find creative and innovative new ways to serve our communities. 

 

Woodland Cultural Centre was established in October 1972 upon the closure of the Mohawk Institute Residential School. The purpose of the Centre is visionary and includes, the preservation and interpretation of the original Residential School site which historically functioned to strip children and communities of their language, history and culture with a view towards assimilation; and a counterpoint Museum and Art Gallery building which serves to showcase the rich Haudenosaunee civilizations of the Great Lakes area and the contemporary artistic practices. The WCC offers unique programming including school visits, special events, workshops, performances, historic and contemporary exhibitions, an active language program, a library and archive.

 

Submission Deadlines

  • Pre-registration/expressions of interest required by March 12, 2021
  • Masks must be received at the WCC by April 26, 2021
  • Submissions will be juried and accepted from invited artists only
  • Artists will be notified of confirmation of participation by March 29, 2021

 

Submission Guidelines

  • Marketing and media to be managed by the WCC and artists must agree to have images used for promotional purposes
  • Artists will be advised of exact online auction dates and items will have a minimum bid attached
  • 50% of sales amount will be remitted back to the artists and 50% retained by WCC
  • A short artist statement should accompany the submission (100 word limit) and short bio (100 word limit)
  • Masks will be mounted and photographed for the online auction and artists will receive a high-resolution copy for their own use, giving recognition to the photographer

 

Submission Conditions

  • Complete and sign entry form.
  • Upon delivery, works must have identification labels attached.
  • Delivery of their artworks is the responsibility of the artist and should be made in-person when possible. Any works that are shipped must be prepaid. WCC will not accept collect shipments. Please pack with care.
  • The artist, by submission of entry, retains copyright and grants the Woodland Cultural Centre the right to photograph art works for publicity, educational, and reference purposes.
  • All selected work will be insured by the Woodland Cultural Centre while on the premises.