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Brantford / Six Nations (Ontario) – May 5, 2020: The Woodland Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Janis Monture as the Executive Director.

Janis Monture brings extensive professional expertise and cultural experience  to Woodland Cultural Centre at a critical time in its history. Janis is from Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawk Nation Turtle Clan.  Janis was most recently the Director of Tourism and Cultural Initiatives for the Six of the Grand River Development Corporation where she accomplished significant growth and awareness related to the rich tourism assets in the region. Janis served as Executive Director of the Woodland Cultural Centre from 2003-2017  In her capacity at the Centre, Janis was a steering committee member for the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures and a committee member for the Arts & Culture Advisory Council for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan American Games.  During her tenure, Janis accomplished many critical partnerships with institutions large and small such as the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian, the Royal Ontario Museum, and Chiefswood National Historic Site.  Janis was instrumental in undertaking the consultation process that has led to the restoration of the Mohawk Institute Residential School site.

As a result of Janis’ leadership and expertise, she was asked to undertake a secondment to Harbourfront Centre as the Guest Artistic Director of Planet IndigenUS in 2009 and 2015.  These international, multidisciplinary, Indigenous festivals brought great awareness to Indigenous contemporary artists globally and explored important ideas and issues impacting Indigenous communities world-wide.  

Janis attended the University of Western Ontario where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History, followed by a Museum Studies diploma from Algonquin College.  Janis continues to volunteer in her community at Six Nations and in Brantford with various organizations. She is a current Board Member of Brant Community Foundation, and the current President of the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.

Her passion and vision for preserving and promoting Indigenous culture is infectious, and her exceptional leadership skills are going to be a vital asset to the growth of the Woodland Cultural Centre as it reaches its 50th anniversary.


“I’m excited to be back at Woodland Cultural Centre as we embark on some exciting new initiatives.  Despite our current climate, it is increasingly important that Woodland Cultural Centre continues to serve our support communities, artists, and patrons at this time.  I look forward to welcoming back our audiences once it is safe to do so.  It is a great honour to be back..” – Janis Monture



Media Contact:
Layla Black
Marketing Coordinator
184 Mohawk St. Brantford ON
519-759-2650 x 250 

Posted by & filed under corn husk dolls, Exhibits, News, Online Activities, Workshops.

Corn was more than just a side dish to the Haudenosaunee people. Every single part of the corn was used in some way, the husks were braided and woven into baskets and dolls, the kernels were the main source of calcium in their diet, and the stalk itself was the protector for the beans that grew.

Recently our staff put together a 56 Minute Workshop to guide the community through creating a Beaded CornCob Keychain. Not only did they make beautiful beaded keychains, but participants also got to learn about the significance of Corn to the Haudenosaunee people. It wasn’t just food, it was an entity of its own.

Do you want to check out the Workshop Replay?

Click the link to have the recording sent directly to your inbox!



Corn was seen as one of the Three Sisters, and was planted together with Beans and Squash. These three plants worked together

to support each other. The Corn provided a long stalk for the Beans to climb, the Beans supplied nitrogen to the ground, and the Squash would keep the ground covered and protected from weeds.

Watch the video below to learn more about the story of the Three Sisters.

Learn more about the process of lyed corn from Chezney Martin and how this ancient technique of lyed corn would alkaline the body and protect the Haudenosaunee from disease.

Cornhusks were also used to make baskets, hats, and faceless dolls. The dolls were said to be faceless to remind the people not to be vain or self absorbed with their looks and beauty.  The photograph to the right is taken from the “Art of Cornhusk” Exhibition and created by Elizabeth Doxtator, owner of “Everything Cornhusk”

Press Play on the Video Below to get an in-home lesson on the Significance of Corn to the Haudenosaunee people. 


Do you want access to the Beaded CornCob Keychain Workshop? Click the Button Below, Enter your Email, and the Replay will be sent to your Email!

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Woodland Cultural Centre releases Save the Evidence Newsletter Digitally to update the Community.

The Save the Evidence campaign is an initiative launched by the Woodland Cultural Centre to raise awareness and support for the restoration of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School building. The vision is to turn the building into an Interpretive Historic Site and Educational Resource. The Mohawk Institute building itself is only one of a handful of Residential School buildings left standing in Canada, and the only one in Ontario that offered guided tours until its closure for repairs.

Even with our doors closed to the public, our fundraising efforts must continue as the project still pushes forward to be completed.

In the newest edition of our Save the Evidence Newsletter, we wanted to bring you inspiring stories from community members and sponsors to bring some positivity into your newsfeed.

Want to Read the Save the Evidence Newsletter Online?


  • Click the Download Button and Join our Email Family and enter your best email, or click HERE NOW.
  • Check your Inbox for our Email and mark all emails from Woodland Cultural Centre as “safe” so you don’t miss future communication.
  • Hit REPLY to any emails we send to reach out directly to our Team!


What’s inside this recent edition?


We are very grateful for the community supporters who reached out to offer their positive messages and stories. Not only will you get updates about construction and fundraising inside the newsletter, but also a personally written story from a small little Run Club who made a big impact with the Save the Evidence project.

This newsletter shows the incredible partnership of both corporate business sponsors, municipalities, and also individuals who have all come together to support this project.


Want to learn more about the Save the Evidence Campaign and learn how you can make a donation?

Wondering where your Donations will go?

Click Here and READ MORE about the Save the Evidence Campaign and make an online donation here.

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“Woodland Cultural Centre serves to preserve and promote Indigenous history, art, language and culture. We welcome you to visit and learn with us as we bring the story of the Haudenosaunee people of the Eastern Woodlands to life through innovative exhibitions and programs.”


Even though our facility is closed, our staff is still passionate about fulfilling our mandate above.

The Corncob Keychain Workshop is one of our most popular Educational Craft Workshops that are offered to groups, schools and organizations when they tour our museum. It’s recommended for Grade 7 and up because of the sharp needle, but with an adult present we hope that many will be able to join us.

We hope to bring more Educational Workshops to you through our Zoom Classroom.

Make sure to JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST so you stay in the loop.

We are currently all out of Craft Kits for this project, but were glad we could distribute the ones we had on hand. If you plan to attend, you will need to source the supplies for yourself.


  • 1 string of Sinew
  • 1 leather corncob steam (roll and glue)
  • 1 leather tie
  • 1 leather needle (other needles will work if able to pierce leather)
  • Coloured beads
  •  Metal keychain loop



The workshop is schedule live for April 9th at 12PM EST in a Zoom Classroom.

Even if you are unable to attend live, all who register will be sent out the recording of the workshop to watch at a later date.


REGISTER for the Corncob Workshop Here

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Job Opportunity: Arts Programming Associate


Are you passionate about Art and Culture? Do you know someone who would be a good fit for this job? Please share this page!


Arts Programming Associate Job Description Details:


The Woodland Cultural Centre (WCC) is currently seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual to join our arts team in the position of Arts Programming Associate. Reporting to the Curator, the Arts Programming Associate will be responsible for the development and delivery of multi-disciplinary programmes, workshops, and events for diverse audiences. Weekend work and some evenings are a requirement for this position, as is travel and research.


  • Assist the Curator with research, development and implementation of multi-disciplinary arts programming inclusive of dance, theatre, film, music inclusive of: performances, events, workshops and exhibitions to engage diverse audiences in museum-related programming
  • Develop outcomes and evaluate programming activities to ensure goals and objectives are being met
  • Assist with the development and distribution of marketing materials as related to programming
  • Monitor and manage summer/co-op students within the Arts Department and assigning tasks for programming as required
  • Plan/Oversee/Attend artistic events when requested
  • Follow Woodland Personnel, Museum and Exhibition Policies and Procedures
  • Interact with the public in a professional and courteous manner
  • Liaison with artists and arts community maintaining regular contact with programmes stakeholders, both internal and external for the purposes of collaboration and promotion
  • Generate artist contracts and letters of agreement
  • Conduct day-to-day office administration inclusive of program booking, invoicing, payment processing, correspondence, maintain records and statistical data for reports as required
  • Share an interest in contemporary and traditional Indigenous visual and performing arts
  • Assist with Visitor Services and other Museum-related duties as assigned by the Curator


  • Keen interest in contemporary and traditional Indigenous multi-disciplinary and visual arts
  • College Diploma in Creative Arts, Arts Administration or Bachelor’s Degree in Visual and/or Performing Arts or equivalent certification in administrative or creative field
  • 3-5 years’ work experience within event planning, program development and delivery, arts administration, museum experience considered an asset
  • Natural curiosity and enthusiasm to share
  • Knowledge of computer software and various programs (Windows Office Suite and Adobe Photoshop)
  • Photography skills including ability to use a DSLR camera
  • Excellent organizational skills and quick to learn in an office environment
  • Effective verbal and listening communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills and completion of assigned projects
  • Ability to work as a team player as well as independently
  • Knowledge of Indigenous language with ties to the traditional community would be considered an asset
  • Valid driver’s license considered an asset
  • Applicants must have a clean criminal record and vulnerable sector check prior to employment

All applicants for this position shall submit a cover letter, a resume, and three references by 2 pm, Friday May 1, 2020 to:

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON N3S 2X2

(519) 759-2650

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


Download Full Job Description Here


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Summer Employment Opportunity: Library Assistant (Deadline Extension) – Position Open Immediately


Under the direction of the Librarian, assumes responsibility for the unpacking and organizing of the library, cataloguing and processing materials related to the history, language, artistic practices and teachings of the Haudenosaunee culture and other First Nations of North America.


Job Duties:

The Library Assistant is responsible for working within the strategic operations of the Woodland Cultural Centre Research Library.  This includes:

  • Program Administrative
    • Attend staff meetings 
  • Program Delivery 
    • Assist with unpacking and organizing library materials from storage 
    • Catalogue library materials on the WCC online catalogue 
    • Process library materials for public access 
  • Networking, partnerships, collaboration
    • Work with other WCC departments, researchers, and Residential School Survivors



  • Possess knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people, their culture, history and traditions, especially in Ontario 
  • Possess knowledge of group safety and dynamics
  • Possess knowledge of the WCC’s mandate, programs, services and resources  


Physical Requirements:

  • The Library Assistant position is heavy in office work, however there are times when heavy lifting is required. This would be in the range of boxes of books that would be 25lbs or less. 

Download Full Job Description Here


Applicants must qualify for GREAT summer student funding to be qualified for the position.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants shall submit a cover letter, resume, and two references by to: 

Administrative Assistant

Woodland Cultural Centre 

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford ON N3S 2X2

519 759-2650

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Summer Employment Opportunity: Maintenance Assistant


Job Duties 

  • Routine detail cleaning of museum building: museum, gallery spaces, meeting rooms, offices, kitchen and washroom especially on weekend shifts
  • Maintenance of grounds includes weed eating, leaf blowing, power wash etc.
  • Some heavy lifting and moving 
  • Set up and take down for facility rentals and tours 


Job Responsibilities:

  • Ability to take direction as required 
  • Self-starter working with minimal supervision
  • Organized with attention to detail 
  • Willing to work within a public environment 



  • Be able to communicate effectively 
  • Attention to detail, professionalism, confidentiality, strong communication & interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to multitask and is solution oriented 
  • Excellent organizational skills


Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift chairs, boxes and other moderately weighted objects
  • Must be able to carry boxes up and down flights of stairs 
  • Indoor and outdoor physical labour 

Download Full Job Description Here

Applicants must qualify for GREAT summer student funding to be qualified for the position.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants shall submit a cover letter, resume, and two references to: 

Administrative Assistant

Woodland Cultural Centre 

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford ON N3S 2X2

519 759-2650

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Summer Employment Opportunity: Arts Programming Assistant




The Woodland Culture Centre offers an opportunity for an individual to assist in various artistic programming initiatives. This position requires a highly motivated student who is interested in working within the public arts sector, assisting with exhibitions and special events offered at the museum. Particular emphasis will be placed on arts program planning, including preparation for exhibitions and special events at the Woodland Cultural Centre.


Job Duties:

  • Collection care and handling of art 
  • Assist with maintaining exhibition areas 
  • Attend any/all relevant training sessions
  • Basic administration duties as required 
  • Research as it relates to arts collection
  • Any other museum duties as they arise 



  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Computer literate 
  • Interest in the contemporary arts, arts administration, museum studies, heritage, history, culture, tourism and/or education
  • Self-motivated, highly independent, and organizational skills a must 
  • Demonstrated research skill 
  • Knowledge of a Haudenosaunee language an asset


Physical Requirements:

The Arts Programming Assistant position will be heavy in office work, however, there will be times when the Assistant will need to assist in gallery preparation and event set-up. 

Download Full Job Description Here


Applicants must qualify for GREAT summer student funding to be qualified for the position.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants shall submit a cover letter, resume, and two references to 

Administrative Assistant

Woodland Cultural Centre 

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford ON N3S 2X2

519 759-2650

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Summer Employment Opportunity: Marketing & Photography Assistant




The Woodland Cultural Centre is seeking a student to assist in Marketing, and to help create visual support materials for a number of different projects and events. This position requires a highly motivated and self-directed individual who is interested in gaining experience in marketing, the creation of visual support materials, social media marketing, basic administration, and in expanding their photography portfolio. This position is supervised by the Marketing Coordinator.

Job Duties:

  • Attend all Woodland events and provide photography
  • Take photos of all Education activities and programming to expand our online presence
  • Help increase Woodland stock photography
  • Assist the Marketing Coordinator with other duties, including administrative duties, the creation of marketing materials, and the creation and implementation of online and social media content
  • Assist in the implementation of the Marketing Event Campaign
  • Occasional front desk reception, welcoming guests as they come in and using the POS
  • Promote a positive image of Woodland Cultural Centre to the community and the public
  • Assist in the documentation of Survivor Interviews, Audios and Videos



  • Good organizational skills, and willingness to learn in an office environment
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Time management skills, and completion of assigned projects
  • Able to work as a team as well as independently
  • Knowledge and experience in photography
  • Knowledge of relevant computer software (Adobe Spark, Elements, and Microsoft Office)
  • Artistic skills and creativity

Download Full Job Description Here.

Applicants must qualify for GREAT summer student funding to be qualified for the position.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants shall submit a cover letter, resume, and two references by 4 pm Friday May 1, 2020 to: 

Administrative Assistant

Woodland Cultural Centre 

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford ON N3S 2X2

519 759-2650

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Make your own Block for the Quilt of Belonging at Home and Show Us!


Our facility may be closed at the moment, and all of us are doing our best to keep the kiddo’s occupied while school is also closed. We wanted to remind you of the incredible FREE Educational Resources available with our current exhibition Quilt of Belonging.

Classrooms have been using this project to:

  • foster a sense of belonging and pride in each student
  • to teach inclusion and acceptance
  • to celebrate diversity
  • to learn about world cultures and First Peoples in Canada
  • to foster harmony and a sense of pride in a school or classroom

Access More Free Resources for Quilt of Belonging Here.


While we are closed, we wanted to put out a challenge to all the family’s out there in the community. Make your OWN Block for the Quilt of Belonging at home, following the Instructions Below, and show us a picture of your work on social media. We will put all of the blocks together digitally to show the completed project.

Deadline for your Block Submission: Friday April 17th, 2020

Download full Learning Resource Guide Here for JK- Grade 6

Download Block Template

This project can be made with a many materials and can comprise a wide range of ages. The example shown below was made with over 1,000 students from the Upper Canada District School Board, from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The Youth Quilt was over 100 feet long.

The project is adapted for different grade levels. It comes with instructions, a printable template, as well as guidelines for meeting the curriculum requirements in specific subject areas for each grade.

The hexagon shape used for each student block represents the carbon molecule, the basic element from which all life is made. The beehive structure formed when the hexagons are joined is nature’s strongest building model–powerful symbols indeed! Creating your own “Quilt of Belonging” is an excellent way to foster good character traits in students and build stronger sense of community, family and identity.

Use the Quilt Website to Explore the Quilt while the Exhibition is Closed

The actual Quilt of Belonging is a 120 foot (36 metres) long collaborative textile art project, a richly hued portrait of the human family. Its 263 blocks portray the rich cultural legacies of all the First Peoples in Canada and every nation of the world at the dawn of the new Millennium. Cultural profiles have been updated on-line to include all the countries of world at the present time.

The on-line Quilt is featured in Block-by-Block.

Each profile begins with The Block, a photo and description of the actual handmade block in the Quilt. The blocks are wonderful resources for investigating and researching textiles, design, different materials, textures and the meaning of the symbols, motifs and colours used in each.

The Cultural Profile which follows includes some historical and geographical information and focuses on the cultural traditions of the nation—music, arts & crafts, cuisine, special celebrations.  Most entries include beautiful photos and fascinating videos.

Before the Project:

Begin by doing any of the following:

  1. In Block-by-Block go to search and type in the country or aboriginal group you wish to study and follow the ‘links’
  2. In Block-by-Block go to search and type the subject or theme you are studying (e.g. celebrations, children, clothing, music, homes)
  3. In Block-by-Block go to the First Peoples indexHow many of these nations do you know? Pick one you have never heard of before and go to that cultural profile and learn about it. Where are these people living? What language do they speak? Look at the photos and videos.
  4. Click on the Interactive world map and choose the area you are interested in. Then follow the ‘links’ to choose a country. Consider picking a nation that you know very little about or that is new to you.
  5. Study the continents. Click on the Interactive world mapHow many countries are in Europe, Africa, Asia or South America? Which are in the Northern Hemisphere (above the equator)? Which are in the Southern Hemisphere (below the equator)? Pick a continent and click on the region index to find a list the countries in that continent.
  6. Discover our northern First Peoples in Canada by watching the informative video The Inuit of Canada produced by ITK (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami)

Delivering the project.

These are suggestions. This project can be spread over several lessons.

  1. Ask children about the word ‘belonging’ and what it means.
  2. Explore some examples of how each of us can feel we belong.
  3. Use some of the additional activities to discuss this theme
  4. Children will look at Quilt of Belonging resources (Textiles Tell our Tales, Block-by-block, video, samples) choosing blocks they like and discovering who created them.
  5. Discuss how people are diverse: e.g. different foods, or celebrations etc. and children’s own experiences. Read and tell stories about children living in Canada and other parts of the world. 6. Children could bring in something from home that they think is special and there could be a display in the classroom.


Please Remember: We want to see your Blocks and we will be selecting one random winner from all the Submissions to take home a Quilt of Belonging Prize Package with a $50 value.


Post your Pictures on our Facebook Fanpage HERE.

We hope you have lots of fun  with this at home project!