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First Nations Art Exhibition: May 26 – July 28, 2017
The Woodland Cultural Centre is a longstanding Cultural Centre of Excellence that promotes and supports the Visual Arts of Canada. Established in 1975, First Nations Art is one of the longest running annual exhibits that provide established and emerging First Nations artists an excellent opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a fine art gallery setting. The Centre is extending an invitation to all artists of First Nations ancestry to submit up to three works of art, for presentation in this year’s First Nations Art.

Requirements for submissions will consist of RECENT (1-2 year) works by artists (18+) of First Nations ancestry and will be juried by the Artistic Director and selected jurors.


A) Painting in any media (oil, acrylic, watercolour)
B) Drawings and prints in any media (including photographic)
C) Sculpture in any media (including pottery)
D) Installations (include plans and images for proposed work)
E) Traditionally-based works (bead, quill and leather work)

Only up to THREE works may be submitted.

All paintings, drawings and prints must be framed and/or READY TO HANG – if works do not meet gallery display standard they will be subject to disqualification.

Submit your entry today! Please find the application form in the gallery at the bottom of this article.


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Each month the Woodland Cultural Centre hosts a Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School Survivor to discuss their lives and experiences while at the school. Woodland staff lead visitors through a discussion on the history of residential schools, what reconciliation means today, and a Q&A.

Admission is only $10 per person, and includes FREE admission to the museum during your visit. Pre-registration is required. Sessions fill up quick, so contact us today! Register by contacting OR 519-759-2650 ext 230.

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We are now fully booked for Tours until July 2017. If you would like to book a tour for the summer or for the 2017/18 school year, please contact or 519-759-2650 ext 230. We apologize for any inconvenience, and would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Woodland!

Couldn’t get a tour for this school year? Call us to inquire about our educational and craft workshops we can bring to you! You can check out the full list here: Education, Crafts

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Construction and renovations have officially begun on the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School building. Thank you to all of our donors and supporters who made this possible!

While construction is ongoing, please note that parking at Woodland has adjusted slightly. When planning your visit, please refer to the above map. Thank you for your patience during this time!

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UnREZerved (February 25 – May 2, 2017)
Opening Reception: February 25th, 12PM – 2PM

Authoritative constructions of geographic documents such as maps, are often represented as bordered and contained. This makes it difficult for non-Indigenous people to conceptualize borders as transforming over time; not that they do not exist, but that they transform in relation to multiple fields of engagement and cultural contexts. Geographic borders also work to distance us from one another, especially in terms of national boundaries, which in turn create nationalities: peoples defined within those territorial borders. At the same time, these geographic boundaries can be important defining features of a community. “UnReZerved” includes subject matter of creation stories, legends, significant reference marks for cultural significance, traditional place names, negotiations with the government, commodification of natural resources. All of these features lead to a better understanding of the treaty process that is currently in effect, “as long as the sun shines, the rivers flow, and the grass grows”.

In this exhibition, the viewer is ‘UnReZerved’ to explore visual storytelling that challenges our acquired and sometimes preconceived personal knowledge. Perusing subject matter of the artists’ and understanding the forces of assimilation from each of their collective treaty boundaries, the experience can educate and better inform viewers. The complexity of this issue is juxtaposed in relation to subject matter from the three Traditional Schools of Art – Inuit, West Coast and Woodlands style art. Common themes of natural and supernatural connections do not delineate far from one another. Noticeable difference is usually represented in the style or technique. West Coast style is often created in a Totemic style. Inuit style art is largely created from printmaking. Woodlands style often replicates “X- Ray” stylized paintings. In this exhibit, we should find new inspiration through historical and contemporary visual storytelling created by the original Inhabitants of this land. Forward thinking, allows a better understanding and a respectful opportunity for a cultural sharing of knowledge that would include reciprocal learning without prejudice as a basis of new understanding.

Please join us for the opening reception February 25th at 12PM. Refreshments will be available, and this event is free and open to the public.

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Canadian Stage, Native Earth Performing Arts and Volcano Theatre have come together to present Theatre of Upheaval, a week long intensive consisting of two mind-blowing workshops led by acclaimed international artists, Kiki Katese, founding director of Rwanda Professional Dreamers and Ingoma Nshya (“New Era”) – Women Initiatives and Rachael Maza, Artistic Director of Ilbijerri Theatre Company in Australia.

The workshops will be taking place from March 31st to April 5th. For full workshop descriptions, instructors’ bios and the schedule visit:

Here’s the great part: we have received some generous funding to award bursaries to 4 Indigenous Artists and the Woodland Cultural Centre will nominate either two people to take part in both classes or four people to take part in one class each.

Below are some parameters:
– Individual must be over the age of 19
– Individual has a demonstrated practice in theater making and performance

If you or someone you know is interested – Please contact Artistic Associate – Gyeho Thomas at the Woodland Cultural Centre via email at before Tuesday February 21, 2017.

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The Woodland Cultural Centre is pleased to present “Ęgaenagadat: – They Raise their Voices to the Creator” featuring three phenomenal Indigenous women. The evening will feature live music from artists Cheri Maracle, Genevieve Fisher, and IsKwé who will take the stage and perform at the annual Coffee House event.

This is a pay-what-you-can event.  Bring a friend and a guitar, doors open at 6:45PM, show starts at 7!

To Register for Open Mic:
Please contact the Fine Arts department at Woodland Cultural Centre at 519-759-2650 ext 243 or email for more information. Sign ups will also be in the front lobby prior to the performances. Spots are limited!

CHERI MARACLE (Mohawk/Irish)

Cheri Maracle is a multi-award nominated actress and singer/songwriter of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Cheri has a theatre-trained background and has performed professionally for the past 20 years across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Selected Theatre credits include: The Road to Paradise (Crow’s Theatre), The Road Forward, (Red Diva Projects)The Rez Sisters, (Belfry Theatre) Death of a Chief (The National Arts Centre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). Recently Cheri was nominated for Best Solo Performance at the Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards 2016, for her one woman show, Paddle Song. Cheri was nominated for the prestigious K.M. Hunter Theatre award 2007, and 2014 for her body of theatrical work, and from 2006-2008 was an artistic associate of the Dora award winning Aboriginal women’s theatre company, Turtle Gals. Cheri is also a CAMA, ISMA, APCMA nominated recording artist. Her critically acclaimed music can be found on iTunes, and at her website. Nia:Wen! Upcoming, Cheri is co-hosting this year’s Indspire awards!!!

For more information about Cheri, please visit:

GENEVIEVE FISHER (Ojibway/Italian)

Born and raised in London Ontario, Genevieve comes from a rich heritage of Aboriginal and Italian descent. Her father is from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in Muncey, Ontario and her mother is from Calabria, Italy. With 5 top 50 hit songs already to her credit, Genevieve Fisher continues to expand her influence on the Canadian Country Music scene. Her performance at the 2012 CCMA New Artist Showcase in Saskatoon set the stage for Genevieve’s steady rise as one  of Canada’s new breed of Female Country Artists. This was followed by Female Artist of the Year nominations at the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Country Music of Ontario Music Awards. Genevieve has earned her way onto the stages of some of the country’s most exciting live events including Boots and Hearts and Manitoulin Country Fest. Early last summer Genevieve was honoured to perform at the nationally televised Aboriginal Day Live 2016 concert in Winnipeg Manitoba.  When not performing live shows, Genevieve finds herself collaborating with some of the brightest songwriters on both sides of the border. She has already shared writing credits with Jason Blaine, Steven Lee Olsen, Patricia Conroy, Jason Massey, Jennifer Schott and many more.

For more information about Genevieve, please visit:

ISKWÉ (Cree/Dené/Irish) 

Named one of the ‘Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2016’ by CBC Music, IsKwé (which means ‘woman’ in her native language) is fostering an unmistakable sound that weaves together her Irish and Cree/Dené roots with poignant politically charged lyrics, dark soulful R&B rhythms, electronic flourishes, and trip hop breakbeats. Bridging cross-cultural aesthetics while exploring her own struggle to both fit into and breakaway from modern Western archetypes has been an important part of IsKwé’s artistic vision since the release of her self-titled debut album in late 2013. Her debut single “Nobody Knows,” which was produced by Juno Award nominees The Darcys and is currently being featured in the Netflix series Between, captivated audiences by turning a stark spotlight on the more than 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women here in Canada. The song, which perfectly paired IsKwé’s signature downtempo tones with harsh reality, revealed an artist whose true beauty and undeniable appeal lies in her ability to find strength in the weight of her emotions. Unafraid to challenge the convictions of her detractors by honouring her heritage, standing steadfast in her viewpoints, and embracing her sexuality, IsKwé’s artistry knows no bounds. Blending soulful, breathlessly delivered lyrics that are coloured by the many shades of human nature with a sonic palette that takes its queue from the shadowy atmospherics of the 1990s Bristol sound, IsKwé’s music revels in her strength of self and that is her true rallying cry.

For more information about IsKwé, please visit:

Coffee House is presented as part of Woodland’s Tehonkieron:nions (They are Entertaining) performing arts series through the generous support of Canadian Heritage.
Nia:wen / Thank You!

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Woodland is pleased to present an exciting line up of Winter Events! This season Brantford, Ontario will be bursting with several activities to chase those winter blues away. With a wide selection of events, there is sure to be something every family, student, or senior will enjoy during their visit. All events are open to the general public.

The line-up of events include:

What’s Left of Us performances February 11 at 8PM & 12 at 3PM. A very powerful autobiographical work that is co-created and performed by Justin Many Fingers (Southern Alberta), and Brian Solomon (Northern Ontario). Join us for this exclusive performance that features a solo performance and Artist Talk. Tickets available in advance online or at the door.

WCC will host Theresa McCarthy’s Book Launch February 24 at 7PM. Her book ‘In Divided Unity’ Haudenosaunee Reclamation at Grand River discusses the land issues and the “initiatives that promote Haudenosaunee traditionalism and languages” surrounding Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Upcoming exhibition UnReZerved will open February 25 at 12PM. Curated by A/Artistic Director of WCC, Kevin Lamure, this show will explore the different artists from the Woodland Collection in relation to treaty areas in Canada. Don’t miss this exciting exhibition happening February 25 – May 2 in the galleries at WCC.

Part Two of Ancestors in the Archives Presents The Mohawk Institute. This semi-annual presentation is scheduled for February 26 at 2PM and will showcase the two large collections of photos donated to the Centre in recent years.

Ęgaenagadat: (They Raise their Voices to the Creator) Saturday, March 4 at 7PM. Join us for Woodland’s annual Coffee House and Open Mic Night. This evening will feature phenomenal music from Indigenous artists Cheri Maracle, Genevieve Fisher, and Iskwe! Bring a friend and a guitar. Doors open at 6:45PM. This is a FREE event.

Voices Yet to Come, a storytelling project, led by Playwright/Performer/Storyteller Falen Johnson and Visual Artist/Storyteller Elizabeth Doxtator, will explore various formats of storytelling with four youth members from the original Group of Six in Grand River. Workshops will take place every Wednesday and culminate in a live showcase on March 25, 7PM.

The Colonization Road documentary will screen April 19 at 7PM. This film takes you to Fort Frances, the hometown of Ryan McMahon (Anishinaabe), where disturbingly daily reminders of the colonization and displacement of the Indigenous people exist. Stop in for the film screening and Artist Talk with Michelle St. John. This is a FREE event.

Lastly, First Nations Art (FNA) will return May 26 – July 28. One of the longest running annual exhibits that provide established and emerging First Nations artists the opportunity to showcase and sell their work in a gallery setting. If you’re interested in submitting works, be sure to fill out the forms on our website!

While visiting the Centre be sure to check out the new exhibition: Walking Together, which brought together students and former students of the Mohawk Institute, and features the artwork of eleven talented First Nations students grades 10-12 from Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School in Brantford. “Walking Together” will exhibit February 4 – May 2.

For more info call 519-759-2650 or check back often for more updates!