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The Corn Soup Cook-Off is always a favourite of the Community, and every year we declare the #1 Voted Best Corn Soup Recipe from the community! This year we wanted to up the stakes, and encourage some new Soup Cookers to come out and compete.

We need YOU, the community, to come out and be the official judges of this event.

Admission: $10

Includes:

  • One official Voting Ballot
  • More Corn Soup than you can eat!
  • Keep your Mug/Bowl and take it home with you.

This year our First Place Winner of the Corn Soup Cook-Off will take home $500 and be recognized as the #1 Voted BEST Corn Soup Recipe!

 

 

Cash Prizes

1st – $500

2nd – $200

3rd – $100

 

And every Soup Cooker who enters their soup on Battle Day will be entered to win our Prize Raffle.


 

Want details on how to register? Deadline is Nov 13th

Call Tara at 519-759-2650 Ext 223

All are welcome to register!

On Nov 16th the Community will VOTE on the Best Corn Soup Recipe.

 

Know someone with the best corn soup???

Join our Facebook Event here so you don’t miss any of the updates or the announcement of this year’s winner!

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Cultural Interpreter

Contract Job Posting

 

The Woodland Cultural Centre is an Indigenous educational and cultural centre.  It was established in 1972 to protect, promote, interpret, and present the history, language, intellect and cultural heritage of the Anishinaabek and Onkwehon:we.  This mandate is from our member Nations: Wahta Mohawks, Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

 

The Woodland Cultural Centre demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in the practice, presentation, interpretation and collection of resources in Education; Museology; Arts; Language and Cultural Heritage in order to foster an appreciation of the intellect and promote an accurate image of Indigenous people. 

 

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Educational Coordinator the Cultural Interpreter will assume responsibility for leading guided tours of the Woodland Cultural Centre’s Museum and the Mohawk Institute Residential School. They will present workshops, educational programs, to K – 12 school groups, summer camps, community organizations and individuals.  In addition to conducting research related to educational programming. Using object-based learning, inquiry-based learning to explore Indigenous art, history, culture and residential schools. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • The Cultural Interpreter will lead guided tours of the Woodland Cultural Centre and the Mohawk Institute Residential School. 
  • Present Interpretive programs, activities, workshops and other cultural events that will promote an understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture. 
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of excellence in the practice, presentation, interpretation.
  • Will be responsible for preparing supplies for workshops, educational programs; Inventorying, resupply of education kits as needed.
  • Maintaining a clean, safe, environment
  • Contributes to improving the Centre’s cultural resources and educational projects, procedures with practical ideas, creativity and innovation.   
  • Must be dependable and exercise good judgement
  • Comply with all WCC’s policies and procedures.

 

 

Qualifications

  • Ability to coordinate, control and organize multiple functions and activities.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and problem-solving abilities.
  • Time management skills, the ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines efficiently and within stated timelines. 
  • To work independently and as part of a team, to accomplish the organization’s goals and objectives. 
  • Must have a pleasant, courteous, professional manner and interact positively with others. 
  • The ability to communicate clearly, effectively both verbally and in writing in order to collect, exchange, provide information in an accurate and timely manner. 
  • The ability to sit, stand and or walk for extended periods of time.

 

Education

  • Certification, diploma and/or degree in Museum Studies, Museum Education, Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Art History and/or related fields of study.
  • Have an understanding/knowledge of Indigenous/Haudensaunee culture. 
  • One to three years experience in a museum and/or educational setting. 

 

Experience

  • An understanding of the functions of a museum, its methodologies and practices.
  • Experience in the field of Interpretive theory; techniques such as object-based learning, inquiry-based learning, storytelling, demonstration and guided tours.
  • Knowledge of contemporary Indigenous art, history, culture and Residential schools.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous language is an asset; not a requirement. 

The Cultural Interpreter’s regular hours are from 9:00am-4:30pm, Tuesday to Friday.

 

All applicants for this position should submit a cover letter, a current resume, and three references by 4:00pm January 7th, 2020

 

If interested, please send to: 

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON N3S 2X2

Attn: Elizabeth Adams, Education Coordinator

education@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

 

NOTE: Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants and only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

** Download the full Job Details Here**

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Join our team!

Language Manager

The Woodland Cultural Centre’s Language Department has worked for 35 years to preserve, promote, and document Ǫgwehǫ:weh languages. The Language Manager takes a leadership role in ensuring that the Language Department continues to meet the needs of the community. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Language Manager assumes the responsibilities for the development of strategic partnerships and initiatives related to the documentation, research, stabilization, and promotion of Ǫgwehǫ:weh languages. The Language Manager is responsible for working with community and language stakeholders to develop project objectives, investigating funding sources for language-based initiatives, and oversee the day-to-day operations of the Language Resource Centre.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
• An in-depth knowledge of Longhouse Protocols, Speeches, and Haudenosaunee cultural practices, including Ganǫhǫnyǫhk, Gei: Niyoihwa:ge:, and Gaihwi:yo.
• Familiarity with community language initiatives, and the ability to develop respectful partnerships with language stakeholders in the community.
• Be orally proficient and literate in at least one Ǫgwehǫ:weh language, as the collection is centred around oral recordings in the Cayuga and Onondaga languages.
• Have a basic knowledge of language learning methodologies and linguistics.
• Use a community-centred approach for networking with language educators and advocates.
• Experience in language leadership, teaching, and program development.
• Ability to develop and implement community collaborations.
• The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
• Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
• Experience in project management and report writing are considered assets.

 

DOWNLOAD FULL JOB DESCRIPTION HERE

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 applicant’s 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.

 

Please send cover letter and resumé with references by 4 pm on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, to:

Attn: Executive Director
Woodland Cultural Centre
184 Mohawk Street
Brantford, ON N3S 2X2
executive@woodlandculturalcentre.ca
(519) 759-2650

 

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

 

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Administrative Assistant

The Woodland Cultural Centre is currently seeking an Administrative Assistant. Under the direction of the Executive Director and the Manager of Operations, the Administrative Assistant assumes the responsibilities for administrative duties including but not limited to: coordination and scheduling of meetings for Executive office, organization and filing of documents and records, maintaining up-to-date department statistics, reports, and records, taking meeting minutes, proofreading and copyediting, aiding with preparation of submissions to funding bodies, assisting with Board meeting preparation including printing and copying, and other general admin duties.

 

Qualifications
• Highly organized with exceptional attention to detail
• Strong communication skills both verbal and written
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Programs
• Ability to multitask, set priorities and meet tight deadlines
• Time management skills, and completion of assigned projects
• Possess knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people, their culture, history and traditions, especially in Ontario
• Possess a knowledge of the Woodland Cultural Centre’s mandate, programs, services and resources
• Confidentiality is mandatory in this position

 

DOWNLOAD FULL JOB DESCRIPTION HERE

The Administrative Assistant’s regular hours are from 9-4:30, Monday to Friday.

All applicants for this position should submit a cover letter, a current resume, and three references by 4 pm November 15th, 2019.

NOTE: The successful applicant must qualify and be approved for Training on the Job funding through Grand River Employment and Training (GREAT) in order to receive an offer of employment.

If interested, please send cover letter and resumé with references by 4 pm November 15th, 2019 to:

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

Attn: Andrea Nechita
Manager of Operations
(519) 759-2650
operations@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

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

 

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GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday.

 

The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for worthy causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.

Watch this Quick Video to Learn how Canadians are Getting Involved with Giving Tuesday

How could your community get involved with Giving Tuesday?

GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local community challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners – nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals – to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. Across Canada and around the world, GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.

This year, 2019, Giving Tuesday falls on December 3 the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

 

Last year 6500 Charities in Canada participated in Giving Tuesday and Millions of Canadians did GOOD STUFF. This year, with your help and the support of communities and Influencers across the country, who thinks we can do some pretty Good Stuff?

Giving Tuesday is a great mindset shift from the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to one of philanthropy and community.

The countdown is on… and our Save the Evidence Team wants to help you to plan your #GivingTuesday events.

Woodland Cultural Centre has set a Goal to save 1000 Bricks on #GivingTuesdayCA (Dec 3)

 

Woodland Cultural Centre has put the call out to individuals, schools, businesses, and organizations to help them fund the work necessary to preserve this significant space. Many Survivors have carved their names, dates of attendance, the number attributed to them at the school, and many messages into these bricks. 

Every single brick has a story,” says Carley Gallant-Jenkins, the Save the Evidence Coordinator. 

As a further incentive, an anonymous donor in the community has pledged to match all donations received this Giving Tuesday, BRICK FOR BRICK, up to $5000. 

3 Ways You Can Help

  1. Make a personal donation on #GivingTuesdayCA (Dec 3) at the Museum or online and Save as many Bricks as you can! http://woodlandculturalcentre.ca/donate 
  2. Share our campaign with your networks. Social Media Graphics and Links Provided! Email marketing@woodlandculturalcentre.ca to get access)
  3. Make a PLEDGE to “Do Good” on #GivingTuesdayCA (Dec 3) in the name of WCC and we are entered to win an extra $5000 towards the project. Pledge online at https://woodlandculturalcentre.ca/pledge

SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT #GIVINGTUESDAYCA and support our Goal to Save 1000 Bricks in one day!

 

The countdown is on!

GivingTuesday Countdown
Do you have a fundraising idea? Here at Woodland Cultural Centre, we’d love to help! We can share some success stories from some of our top Donors, help with the planning and execution, and also give you lots of exposure on our Social Media sites!

Entire cities are getting on board with the Giving Tuesday. One example is the City of Guelph, Guelph has announced that the entire city will be supporting #GivingTuesdayCa this year. Corporations, Business, Schools, and Individuals are getting their plans started to make a big impact in communities around Canada. This is an amazing initiative to “DO GOOD STUFF”.

Who is participating in Giving Tuesday in Brantford? Click here

“We have two days that are good for the economy. Now we have a day that is good for the community too.” 

Woodland Cultural Centre, is a proud partner of #GivingTuesdayCa and our Save the Evidence Campaign still needs community support to complete the restoration project of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School. Your donations on Dec 3 are going to bring us into the final Phase of the project, and that much closer to opening the building as a culturally interpretive space and a sign of Indigenous resiliency.

Want to learn more about the Save the Evidence campaign? Check out some fundraising ideas, the significance of the project, and where your donations actually go by reading about the Campaign HERE.

 

 

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Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church – Raised over $4400 for Save the Evidence and Woodland Cultural Centre

 

Woodland Cultural Centre sends a big THANK YOU out to the Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church for their incredible fundraising efforts for the Save the Evidence Campaign. Through their own fundraising efforts the Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church donated over $4400. which is over 880 Bricks of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, restored.

Would you or your organization like to help?

 

With GivingTuesday just around the corner, we hope their story inspires others to continue to fundraise for the project as there is still a long way to go before we are finished.

For Fundraising Ideas and Support Click Here Now

 

During the Summer, with the aid of the Mennonite Disaster Services, over 50 youth volunteered their time at the Woodland Cultural Centre building hand crafted tables, desks, and benches for the reopening of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School.

The Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church was one of the organizations that participated in the volunteer efforts.

They were so touched by the stories and their experiences, they went back to their community to raise funds and awareness. They sold Orange Shirts, and had a Soup Cook Off and were able to raise $2000 for the Save the Evidence Campaign, in their first few weeks.

But they weren’t stopping there…

Total Donations  from The Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church are now over $4400.

When the organizer, Sandy Yuen was asked why she felt so compelled to support the campaign she quoted “I felt compelled by God to do something. After learning about residential schools and seeing the Mohawk Institute on our week long mission trip with our youth group, we heard first hand from survivors like Geronimo Henry. I knew we couldn’t change the past but we could be part of the solution. I felt a sense of responsibility to share what we learned and help raise awareness about residential schools and the impact it has (and continues to have) on Indigenous communities with our friends, family and community.  One small step towards learning the truth and moving towards reconciliation.”

What is Giving Tuesday and How Can You Help?

 

GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.

GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges.

We challenge you to “Do Good” on Giving Tuesday this year and use the hashtag #GivingTuesdayCa

 

The countdown to Giving Tuesday is on:
GivingTuesday Countdown

If you are planning a fundraising event please contact:

Carley Galant-Jenkins

Save the Evidence Coordinator
ste@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

We can help support and promote your events for #GivingTuesdayCa!

 

Want more info on #GivingTuesdayCA and what it’s all about?

Watch this Quick Video!

 

 

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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 marketing@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

 

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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
N3S2X2
ATTN: Jessie Hill
(519) 759-2650 x 221
frontdesk@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

 

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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 tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca 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 tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

DOWNLOAD ORANGE SHIRT DAY REGISTRATION PACKAGE HERE

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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.

 

DOWNLOAD ORANGE SHIRT ORDER FORMS HERE

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Orange Shirt Letter to Educators

Orange Shirt Order Form – Teacher

Orange Shirt Order Form – Student