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Woodland Cultural Centre knows Giving Tuesday 2020 and a generous matching Donor will help them push them over the finish line to complete Phase 2 of Construction of “Save the Evidence”


Woodland Cultural Centre is looking for community support this Giving Tuesday December 1, 2020 to help with the final phase of construction at the former Mohawk Institute Residential School and has announced a special contest.



The Save the Evidence team at WCC has released an update on the Woodland Cultural Centre’s Save the Evidence campaign as they work to complete Phase 2, which is the bricks and mortar restoration. Phase 1 saw the condemned site undergo a major restoration of its roof, HVAC, removal of hazardous materials, foundation restoration, floors, electrical, drywall, some historic windows replacement and much more.

The total budget for the physical restoration of the Mohawk Institute Residential School building is $23.5 million. The team is eager to complete fundraising for Phase 2 of the project which includes external masonry restoration, remaining window and important accessibility features.  The Woodland Cultural Centre needs to raise an additional $75,000 to complete their $500,000 goal for Phase 2. 

December 1, 2020 is Giving Tuesday. It is a great way to support the campaign this year. Not only has a special Donor offered to MATCH donations that come in on GivingTuesday, but everyone who makes a donation on this day will be entered into a draw to be the first person taken on an in person tour of the renovations thus far.


This year your donations to the Save the Evidence campaign can be twice as powerful. As part of the December 1st, Giving Tuesday campaign Woodland Cultural Centre announced the support of the Dufresne-Ray Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation, who will match donations for that day. Community support like this is so vital for the success of the campaign, and when everyone works together we can achieve so much more. 

“We believe in bringing this important national restoration project to fruition and hope many people are inspired to contribute.” Dufresne-Ray Family

Every dollar raised is an expression of community trust and allows them to join us on a path of reconciliation. Your donations on December 1 will be matched, and give you the chance to win the personal tour. 

Follow the Save the Evidence Campaign on their website and make a donation at

 Make sure to hit “Attending” on our Facebook Event so you get updates on our progress all day and the special invitation to our Facebook Live!


We are so grateful to see the community coming together to start fundraising already. We have had people hold bake sales, some are biking across the province like Maddy Pillon in the photo to the right, local businesses like Oakhill Marketplace holding auctions on Facebook Live, businesses donating proceeds of merchandise sold, and even 100 Sweaty Sweats from Alex McGillivray who is raising money sweating every day to donate on December 1st.

When we all come together, we can achieve so much. Even the simple act of sharing this page, spreading the word with your contacts and networks and on your social media, goes a long long way.

The Save the Evidence campaign would not have made it this far into the project without the grassroots support of community members like you.

Make sure to respond to the Facebook Event and follow us on Instagram so we can update you of all the different fundraising initiatives that are ongoing from supporters.

If you’re looking for help on fundraising ideas our Save the Evidence team is here to assist. Contact for more information.

Bookmark this Page and enter your Donations Here on December 1, 2020 through Canada Helps to get them matched by the Dufresne Ray Fund

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Film Synopsis:

In this deeply moving feature-length documentary, three sisters and a brother meet for the first time. Removed from their young Dene mother during the infamous Sixties Scoop, they were separated as infants and adopted into families across North America.

Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie, and Ben were only four of the 20,000 Indigenous Canadian children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, and their family begins to take shape.



Director Bio:

Tasha Hubbard (Cree) is an award-winning filmmaker and an Assistant Professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English. Hubbard won a Gemini Canada Award for her first solo project, Two Worlds Colliding, an exposé of the infamous “starlight tours,” whereby Saskatoon police were abandoning Indigenous men in freezing winter conditions. With her acclaimed 2017 documentary Birth of a Family, made in collaboration with journalist Betty Ann Adam, Hubbard parses the Sixties Scoop legacy: a practice that saw more than 20,000 Indigenous babies removed from their birth families and placed in foster homes or adopted. Hubbard speaks and writes widely on racism and Indigenous media both in Canada and abroad.



Film Credits:

WRITER Tasha Hubbard, Betty Ann Adam

DIRECTOR Tasha Hubbard

PRODUCER Bonnie Thompson


EDITOR Hans Olson



CINEMATOGRAPHER Thomas Dudley, Jim Moule


LOCATION SOUND Per Asplund, Brad Martinl

SOUND DESIGN Perry Blackman

MIXER Serge Boivin

COLOURIST Serge Boivin

TITLES Jacques Bertrand Simard




PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jasmine Pullukatt, Ginette D’Silva, Faye Yoneda





EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Michelle van Beausekom


Admission for the film screening is by Donation with a suggested donation minimum of $5.



CLICK HERE to Donate.

*If you are unable to make a donation simply click the register button!

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New Contactless Self Guided Tour Download for Woodland Cultural Centre and Online Timed Admission to Gallery and Museum


Covid-19 has been a challenging time for all of us. Safety of our community always remains a top priority. Our staff have worked diligently to create a safe socially distanced experience for visitors to learn at WCC.  As a non-profit cultural centre that typically welcomes thousands of children and elders through our gallery and museum each year, we had to work very hard to continue to provide education, art, language and culture while still protecting all of us.

Unfortunately we are not able to offer guided group tours at the moment, however you can now buy your tickets online ahead of time, and put  the contactless Self Guided Tour on your phone or device. We want to keep everyone safe so we ask if you are feeling unwell or have had contact with someone who is sick, to stay at home. All COVID-19 protocols must be followed to protect all of us. We also provide a labelled map to guide you through each area and all social distance markers are clearly marked.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and stay plugged in with the virtual programming our team is rolling out every month.

We thank all of you for the support you’ve given us over these last few months. As we approach the final weeks of Quilt of Belonging being in our gallery to view, we encourage you to Download the Self Guided Tour and Book Your Admission Ticket and use our contactless process to come and see the Quilt before it heads to it’s next destination. Have you seen the Quilt of Belonging Teachers’ Resource Guide?

Don’t forget to sign up for our Email Newsletter to read the personal message from Executive Director Janis Monture in the Save the Evidence E-Newsletter,regarding her return in the midst of a pandemic.


Contactless Tickets and Self Guided Tour:


Book your Museum Admission Here


Download the Self Guided Tour Here


Download the Map


COVID-19 Protocols and FAQ



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“We grew up in white homes, speaking only English and with no connection to our people or our culture. Though we were loved, we were outsiders in families that had grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins that were not ours.” Betty Ann Adam

Birth of a Family: Virtual Film Screening hosted by Woodland Cultural Centre October 18, 2020 at 7PM


Teióia’ks iakwateró:roks “We watch movies” is a film series hosted monthly by the Woodland Cultural Centre, dedicated to discussing important Indigenous topics and bringing the community together to learn and experience these films together.

The film Birth of a Family shares a familiar story for many Indigenous Canadians who underwent separation from their families during the infamous sixties scoop. This film shares the story of three sisters and one brother who reunite for the first time after decades of being separated. Through their story, we learn of the racial prejudices held against the 20, 0000 Indigenous children who were placed in non-Indigenous homes between 1955 and 1985. In efforts to reconnect to their Indigenous culture and with each other, the story of these four siblings is a heartwarming and moving experience for its audience

In this deeply moving feature-length documentary, three sisters and a brother meet for the first time. Removed from their young Dene mother during the infamous Sixties Scoop, they were separated as infants and adopted into families across North America.

Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie, and Ben were only four of the 20,000 Indigenous Canadian children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, and their family begins to take shape.

Meeting all together for the first time, they spend a week in Banff, Alberta, sharing what they know about their mother and stories about their lives and the struggles they went through as foster kids and adoptees. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.

Director Bio – Tasha Hubbard:

Tasha Hubbard (Cree) is an award-winning filmmaker and an Assistant Professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English. Hubbard won a Gemini Canada Award for her first solo project, Two Worlds Colliding, an exposé of the infamous “starlight tours,” whereby Saskatoon police were abandoning Indigenous men in freezing winter conditions.

With her acclaimed 2017 documentary Birth of a Family, made in collaboration with journalist Betty Ann Adam, Hubbard parses the Sixties Scoop legacy: a practice that saw more than 20,000 Indigenous babies removed from their birth families and placed in foster homes or adopted.

Hubbard speaks and writes widely on racism and Indigenous media both in Canada and abroad.



Watch the Trailer for the Film Here


Admission for this event is based on a donation, with a suggested donation amount of $5. To see more details and get registration info CLICK HERE NOW. Limited seating available in the zoom so register for your spot early.

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Digital Strategic Plan for the Woodland Cultural Centre

Location: Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford ON

Application Deadline Extension: October 30, 2020 at 4 PM



The Woodland Cultural Centre is a First Nations educational and cultural centre. It was established in 1972 to protect, promote, interpret, and present the history, language, intellect and cultural heritage of the Anishinaabe and Ongwehon:weh. This mandate is from our member Nations; Wahta Mohawks, Six Nations of the Grand River, and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.


Further, the Mohawk Institute Residential School, as part of the Woodland Cultural Centre, is one of only a handful of Residential Schools left still standing in Canada. Through the Save the Evidence fundraising campaign, the impact of this site will service the professional arts and cultural heritage sector, along with the 15,000 visitors the site sees each year.


With this major site transformation, it is time to look at how our strategic partnerships with our local tourism sector and support communities can help define the Woodland Cultural Centre’s digital strategic plan.  This plan will outline how artists and the public engage through digital platforms; audience development through digital initiatives; create shared digital spaces and respect for Indigenous cultural protocols through a five-year lens.


Our intention is to draft a Five-Year Digital Strategic Plan which clearly maps a path into the future for the major digital assets of the Centre.


Objectives of the Consultancy:


The objective of this consultancy is to manage the process of creating an effective digital strategic plan to guide the priorities of the Woodland Cultural Centre.


Tasks and Duties of the Consultant:


Under the guidance of the Executive Director:


  1. Complete a needs assessment of the current digital assets at the Woodland Cultural Centre.
  2. Through an exercise of soliciting input from stakeholders including through individual interviews, leading focus groups, and facilitating a SWOT analysis, identifying priorities, gaps, needs, and actions for the Woodland Cultural Centre to meet its mission, mandate and goals.
  3. Prepare a strategy based on the information collected, including:
    1.  the creation of a digital policy that respects Indigenous cultural protocols
    2. identify ways to improve content through targeted user-based initiatives
    3. enhancing e-commerce abilities through existing website and POS
    4. determine how artists and public can engage through digital platforms
    5. outline audience development through digital initiatives
    6. identify better management of mobile and cloud applications
    7. establish security controls
    8.  specific approaches, indicators, and evaluation.


  1. Present the draft strategy in a board meeting to solicit input and feedback to improve the strategy, including key strategic objectives, and high-level indicators for success.
  2. Based on the input and consultation from this meeting, prepare a revised and final copy of the 5 Year Strategic Plan, including financial projections for 2020-2025.


The consultancy work will include the following specific tasks:


  • Consulting meetings with Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Staff
  • Hold SWOT meetings with appointed committees
  • Hold consultation sessions with support communities
  • Organization of the consultation workshop with board members
  • Organization of the final validation meeting and endorsement of the final strategic plan
  • Review, discuss and complete the final report ready for approval and distribution.


Tangible and Measurable Deliverables of the Work Assignment:


Performing the above-mentioned activities, the consultant will be responsible for the delivery of the following outputs. The consultant must provide a digital copy for all reports to be presented to the Board.

  • Formalize a work plan for the work to be undertaken, including timelines
  • Interim report presented to the Board summarizing:
    • The results and status of the work accomplished to date, and the problem areas that need to be addressed.
    • A detailed summary of the process through which the goals were organized into short- and long-term goals, how the goals were prioritized, and a 5-year draft action plan.
    • Identifies human and financial resources to carry out the plan.
    • Updated timeline and work plan for remainder of the contract
  • Final Report of the 5-year Strategic Plan agreed upon in the final validation meeting.


Supervision of the work:


The consultant will work under the direct and overall supervision of the Executive Director.

Roles & Responsibilities


The WCC Board is responsible to:

  • Approve and award the contract
  • Be available to meet with the facilitator/consultant
  • Review and discuss and as necessary direct revisions to the draft Report(s)
  • Signify approval of the Final Report via a Board Motion

Proposal Structure


The applicants shall provide a digital copy of their proposal that shall include the following details:

  • Background and experience in working with First Nations communities/organizations in the area of Digital Strategic Planning
  • Client References including contact information.
  • Project Methodology (include detailed work plan).
  • Proposed Report Framework (components).
  • Proposed Timeframe for Project (express in terms of consecutive weeks required from the time the contract is awarded).
  • Total Project Cost (including detailed outline of fees and disbursements as per work plan (e.g. be sure to include proposed number and type of meetings and cost per meetings)
  • Proposed payment schedule (The consultant shall not be paid more than 90% of the agreed fees and disbursements until the Final Report has been reviewed and approved by the Board.)

Proposal Selection:


The WCC Board may award a contract based on the criteria laid out below:

  • Experience with First Nations and satisfactory performance on similar projects
  • Proposed Schedule for Project
  • Project Methodology
  • Schedule of Fees and Total Estimated Project Cost
  • Presentation
  • References
  • Priority will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage


Consultancy Requirements:


  • Minimum of 5-10 years of experience working with First Nation communities/organizations in the areas of digital strategic planning.
  • Experience of working with non-profit and charitable organizations
  • Proven excellent communication and facilitation skills
  • Highly motivated and committed to the values of transparency and integrity

Copyright and Project Documents:


The information, both written and intellectual, produced in this project is considered to be the property of the WCC, and the Consultant shall not use any documents or information that result from this project without the written permission of the WCC. Further the Consultant shall treat all information that results from this study, both written and verbal, in strict confidence.

Privilege Clauses:


The WCC may at its sole discretion, reject or retain for its consideration proposals which are non-conforming because they do not contain the content or form required.


Notwithstanding any other provision in the Request for Proposals or practice or custom in the industry, the WCC Board shall have the right to:

  • Accept any Proposal
  • Reject any Proposal
  • Reject all Proposals
  • Accept a Proposal which is not the lowest bid


Any person who submits a Proposal shall be deemed to have agreed to the restrictions in the Request for Proposal documents, including the privilege clauses.




Interested candidates should send their complete proposal with CV and three references
by October 13, 2020 at 4 PM to:


Executive Director

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street

Brantford, ON N3S 2X2


(519) 759-2650


Download Terms of Reference Here

Continuance Live Show at Woodland Cultural Centre

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Continuance: Yonkwa'nikonhrakontáhkwen - our consciousness continues unchangedTickets are now available for the world premiere of Continuance – Yonkwa;nikonhrakontáhkwen / Our Consciousness Continues Unchanged a physically distanced live multimedia performance taking place on October 3, 2020 at 8:15pm at the Woodland Cultural Centre, the site of the Mohawk Institute Residential School. The performance created and produced by Artistic Director Santee Smith is a part of the National Arts Centre’s Grand Acts of Theatre, an initiative led by English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley.


Continuance is the state of remaining in existence and the company’s Grand Act of Theatre is just that, an embodiment of resilience and a celebration of Indigenous continuance. Continuance – Yonkwa;nikonhrakontáhkwen / Our Consciousness Continues Unchanged shines light, 3D mapping on the darkness of the Mohawk Institute Residential School architecture while illuminating the fact that the 142 year history of the school did not destroy cultural perpetuity. Disintegrating the façade of the school into images portraying cultural strength, beauty and iconic Haudenosaunee imagery, the performance is a vivid reminder of the powerful ways of being, embedded within Haudenosaunee wisdom.


ADMISSION IS FREE FOR THIS EVENT: Specific Instructions Below


CONTINUANCE: Yonkwa’nikonhrakontáhkwen / Our Consciousness Continues Unchanged

a Kaha:wi Dance Theatre Production

Presented by National Arts Centre English Theatre’s Grand Acts of Theatre

Marking this Moment

*Please arrive on time. Late arrivals will not be admitted to the grounds for performance.*


PLEASE READ full description below. By registering a ticket you agree to the terms and instructions. Please contact staff if you cannot make it as we have a waiting list.




Premiere Performance

7:45PM Doors Open

8:15PM Opening Remarks

8:30PM Premiere – Performance

8:45PM Departure

Get Tickets for 8:30PM Show


Performance Two:

9:00PM Doors Open

9:30PM Performance

9:45PM Departure

Get Tickets for 9:30PM Show


Performance Three:

10:00PM Doors Open

10:30PM Performance

10:45PM Departure

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This is a Live Event on site at Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON

Continuance Live Show at Woodland Cultural Centre



This event will be photographed and recorded.  By attending the event, individuals are deemed to consent to the recording of their image and use of their image in connection with recordings and photographs of the event, which may be published.  All video recordings and images of the event captured by the organizers shall be the sole property of organizers and all rights of personality, publicity, privacy, or other rights of participants in recordings or photographs shall be deemed to have been waived.


Please note that due to restrictions pertaining to Covid 19 the Woodland Cultural Centre building will be closed to the public and there will be no public bathrooms available. As well we ask everyone to stay within the boundaries of their assigned space on the grounds of the Woodland Cultural Centre. (Insert any other needed safety specifics)

As the performing arts sector continues to face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Arts Centre has responded with Grand Acts of Theatre, an initiative to bring Canadian artists and audiences together. Eleven of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies have been engaged to create and perform large-scale, new works in response to these times, which will be performed outdoors in front of live audiences in various Canadian locations, filmed, and later shared online. For more information on Grand Acts of Theatre and the companies involved please visit (please use UTM hyperlink provided)

The National Arts Centre Foundation wishes to thank RBC Foundation as Presenting Partner of Grand Acts of Theatre.

Grand Acts of Theatre is also made possible thanks to the support from The Jenepher Hooper Fund for Theatre at the National Arts Centre Foundation, established as a result of a generous gift from the estate of Jenepher Margaret Hooper.

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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. Hosted by Santee Smith.

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.

Due to STAGE 2.5 COVID Precautions we are only able to welcome 40 guests on site. We ask, if you did not get a ticket to please be patient as our team will be recording and releasing the recordings at a later date. 

If you do have a ticket, please arrive early and on time and maintain social distancing practices while on site.

Hosted by Santee Smith:

Founding and Managing Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre; Chancellor  McMaster University; Artist; Guest Speaker.  Santee Smith is an internationally recognized leader in the performing arts, a multidisciplinary artist and producer from the Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk) Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. She is one of Canada’s leading dance artists, and holds McMaster University degrees in Physical Education and Psychology along with a Master of Arts in Dance from York University.  Recovering from two broken legs, she completed six years of training at Canada’s National Ballet School, undertook theatre training and earned her degrees. She returned to dance in 1996 as a choreographer and dedicated six years to create and produce her first dance work, Kaha:wi, a family creation story.

In 2005, she founded the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre with a vision to explore the intersection of Indigenous and new performance, international Indigenous collaborations and training. Through her research and creative practise, she is a strong voice for Indigenous dramaturgy, process and advocacy. Santee will also be showcasing her brand new piece Continuance as a drive in light production at the front of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School October 3, 2020 at 9PM. See here for more details about Continuance

Live Performances:

Lacey Hill – Six Nations

Have you heard Lacey? Watch as she takes the stage. Isn’t she gorgeous? She sits on her stool, or chair, or on the edge of the stage, and her long hair slides down her shoulder. The guitar settles comfortable in her hold as she plucks a few strings and tunes it to her liking. Then she strums. Her music is set on fire by her distinct voice. You keep watching her. The vocals are delicate, yet powerful. She makes her guitar sing too. One song is happy. Another is sad. Her third is jealous and spiteful. Now you’re watching and listening. Each one, you find, is stuffed with honesty. Each one, you find, rings with the energy Lacey used to create something wonderful from pain. Each one, you find, fills you with something you dismiss as deja vu.

The melodies wash over you, her lyrics, carried by her voice, weave something unspeakable in and outside of her guitar playing. She’s something. You keep listening and you’re ecstatic and touched and haunted all at once.

The last notes fade from the air. She stands up. She smiles. “Thank you.”

Biine Elijah – Onieda Nation of the Thames

Biine ‘Kwe is a member of the contemporary singing group “Hatiyo” (The Good Voice). As an artist, Biine creates music in Oneida for performance but also to enrich language revitalization through song. Her previous work included songwriting workshops for youth programming at the Oneida Community Centre.

As the Youth Project Coordinator Biine had the opportunity to produce content for the Indigenous Higher Education Pathway program – Indigenous Storytelling. Which included developing video content and a singing circle for students enrolled in the course. She has had the opportunity to present at multiple events including vigils for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Residential School survivors, Stop The Framework: Ottawa, Powwow’s and many festivals in the Ontario region.

Distance Streamed Performances:

Ila Barker – Manitoba

With soul and voice well beyond her years, folk artist Ila Barker captures audiences with her sweet melodies and dynamic presence. Ila is of mixed ojibwe and settler heritage with roots running deep in the prairies, bringing tones of rich history and texture to her craft.

Fusing authentic and timeless notes this singer songwriter will surely connect and leave a lasting impression. Ila has brought her craft to an array festivals and stages including the Regina Folk Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the sākihiwē festival.

In the summer of 2019 Ila opened for Jeremy Dutcher at the Indian River Festival. In February 2020 Ila released the “Let Go” single, a collaboration with UK based artist Milan André that was recorded off the floor in one take in the northern Cree Nation of Nemaska, Quebec. She is also working on finalizing album plans for her highly anticipated follow-up EP to be released fall of 2020.

Beatrice Deer – Quebec

Canadian Aboriginal Music Award-winning singer-songwriter Beatrice Deer hails from Nunavik. Half-Inuk and half-Mohawk, Deer left her small hometown of Quaqtaq, Quebec (population: 376) in 2007 for three life-changing reasons: 

1) She moved to Montreal to get serious about making music—and it worked. Deer has now released five albums, each deepening her trademark blend of traditional Inuit throat singing with contemporary indie rock. My All to You, her fifth record, marks a significant milestone in the history of Inuindie music (a genre Deer pioneered), as this is the first time she composed all the songs’ instrumentation as well as the lyrics. Her themes range from classical Inuit folk tales and legends to the importance of finding understanding and the search for meaning within personal growth. Her songs are especially beloved in Arctic Canada, where she tours frequently and where audiences sing along to her songs during concerts. She sings in three languages: Inuktitut, English, and French. Her collaborators include luminaries from the likes of Land of Talk, The Barr Brothers, Stars, Timber Timbre, Bell Orchestre, Suuns, and executive producer Michael Felber.

2) The second reason Deer left the north was to pursue higher education—and to ensure that her two daughters (now aged 16 and 18) also had access to proper schooling as well. Deer’s artistic experience manifests itself in countless ways: she has been everything from a book designer to an actor to a model. A highly regarded seamstress, she’s also the voice of safety briefings on First Air and can be heard on children’s TV shows. But above all, her primary medium is music, both as a singer, and now, with My All to You, as a songwriter as well. The education she sought in Montreal manifests itself in this latest release. It’s an album of maturity, of hard-fought wisdom, and of spiritual depth. 

3) The final reason Deer came to Montreal was to get therapy. “My All to You is all about owning up,” she explains. “It’s about reconciliation with your self—which is the hardest thing to do. And I mean that on a personal level as well as on a national level.” At this moment in the country’s history, when reconciliation between Canadians and First Peoples has finally become a central issue, Deer has an important message to share: she believes that reconciliation begins with each of us. “You can’t be a change maker if you haven’t gone through it yourself,” she says. “You can’t help if you haven’t gone through healing yourself. It’s a lot easier to forgive other people than it is to forgive yourself. To get to where I am today I had to forgive myself many, many times. I still work on it.” 

As a role model for her community and an advocate for healthy living, Deer is often asked to do speaking engagements. Her primary message is that each of us must take control of our own life. “Nobody else can do it for you,” she insists. “You can’t change what happened. You can only change how you deal with it.” The starting point for her latest album was a desire to relive the moment in her own life when she decided to transform her outlook. “I’d struggled for many years, in many ways—until I realized the change had to come from me,” Deer says. “I know that now that I’m not in constant pain anymore. I can finally perceive things properly. And I want to use that to help others. Music is such an effective way to help. It can be such a positive tool for empowerment.”


Tickets to this Event are Sold Out and due to 2.5 Covid-19 Restrictions, social distancing protocols will be followed at the event.


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Schedule of Events:


7:00PM – Opening Address
7:15PM – Biine ‘Kwe Elijah: On-site Performance
7:50PM – ILA Barker: Distance Live Stream Performance
8:30PM – Lacey Hill: On-site Performance
9:20PM – Beatrice Deer: Distance Live Stream Performance
9:55PM – Closing Remarks


We ask that all audience members arrive approximately 30 minutes before the show starts so our Events Team can check you in, and lead you to your designated viewing “Pod” where you can set up your chairs and blankets. Seating will be based on first come first serve. Please keep your social distance from those outside of your family, dress appropriate for the weather, and enjoy the evening safely.






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This year, our programming has had to adapt to the current COVID-19 restrictions. However, Orange Shirt Day must not be forgotten and we feel it’s critical for us to continue to educate about the importance of wearing orange on September 30th.

Our Virtual Events are filling up quickly, both from schools and families at home. We will have live performances from Indigenous Singer/Songwriter Nick Sherman, sharing his song “The Mush Hole” with us. There are also 2 exclusive, never before seen Survivor Interviews that were recorded specifically for this event.

“What I want for the future generations, the seven generations coming up, is to get back their language, culture and ceremonies. Because that’s basically what the residential schools took away from all us kids that went there. We want them to be aware of these schools and what happened, they should always remember these residential schools and what happened so that none of these schools can ever come in existence again.”Geronimo Henry, Mohawk Institute Survivor

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 Haudenosaunee/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.

Still Dates Open CLICK HERE NOW to Learn More

Museum Jobs at Woodland Cultural Centre

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Job Posting: Education Coordinator

Closing Date: Until Filled

The Woodland Cultural Centre is seeking a dynamic, creative and organized individual to oversee the Education Department at the Woodland Cultural Centre. With thousands of students visiting the Centre on an annual basis, we require the candidate to have excellent organization skills, administrative experience and a passion for educating all about Indigenous culture, history, art, and the residential school experience.  

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Under the direction of the Curator, the Education Coordinator assumes responsibility for the development and delivery of strategic educational programmes and initiatives related to the history, language, artistic practices and teachings of Hodinohsho:ni culture.

OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES: The Education Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the strategic operations of the Museum Education Department of the WCC. This includes:

  • Day-to-day office administration, coordinating tours and workshops both onsite, virtually as well as part of education outreach.
  • Leading the Museum Education staff (Group Visits and Facility Registrar, Cultural Interpreters) towards Museums Education department objectives.
  • Delivery of outreach presentations and virtual workshops.
  • Working collaboratively with other WCC departments, school boards and residential school Survivors.
  • Networking and fostering new partnerships, maintaining and strengthening relationships with academic and support communities.
  • Continual review and development of educational programming in compliance with the Ontario Curriculum.

OVERVIEW OF REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE: The Education Coordinator shall have: 

  • Advanced communication skills.
  • Computer literate, self-motivated & highly independent. 
  • Degree in education, tourism, Indigenous studies, museum studies or visual arts from a recognized post-secondary institution and five-year experience in museum education, arts education or community arts.
  • Experience in supervising staff and managing budgets.
  • Knowledgeable in Hodinohsho:ni culture.
  • Experience in Indigenous Education programming an asset.
  • Experience in networking and public speaking an asset.
  • Possessing a Hodinohsho:ni language or an artistic background an asset.

All applicants for this position should submit a current CV or resume, cover letter, and three references.

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry. 

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

Woodland Cultural Centre 

184 Mohawk Street Brantford, ON N3S 2X2

Attn: Patricia Deadman, Curator


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


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JOB POSTING: Weekend Custodian 


Posting Period: September 10 – September 23, 2020 @ 4:30p.m.

Position: Weekend Custodian, Part Time 

Location: Woodland Cultural Centre

Job Status: Contract until March 31, 2021

Hours of Work:      14 Hours per week, Saturdays & Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm

Some evenings and holidays required for special public events



Reporting to the Manager of Operations, the Weekend Custodian will perform custodial duties, including dusting, mopping, finishing and buffing floors, vacuuming and shampooing carpets, cleaning and restocking restrooms.  The Custodian will work within the policies and procedures established by the Woodland Cultural Centre.



  • Performs general, routine custodial duties, to include dusting, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning restrooms, and restocking paper and soap supplies.
  • Performs routine maintenance to custodial equipment and supplies.
  • Empties trash receptacles, disposes trash into compactors and/or dumpsters, and bags trash for proper disposal.
  • Unlocks doors, ensuring doors are locked after cleaning areas.
  • Reports needs and concerns to appropriate staff, which may include submitting or recommending work orders and checking supply levels.
  • Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  • Performs cleaning functions specific to the assigned facilities and/or based on seasonal/project requirements.
  • May assist or perform snow removal activities and minor maintenance, such as replacing light bulbs, adjusting furniture, or other similar activities.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. 


All applicants for this position should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references. 

Applications which are missing a cover letter or references will be considered incomplete.

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage.

Closing Date: September 23rd, 2020 at 4:30 pm 


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


Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3S 2X2

Manager of Operations 

(519) 759-2650



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


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