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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!


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[Attention Artists: All Dates have been postponed for this Exhibition. We are looking at Digital Submission options]

Woodland Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the national Call for Entry to the Annual Indigenous Art 2020 Juried Exhibition.

Established in 1975, this is one of the longest running multi-disciplinary exhibitions that provide artists an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a fine art gallery setting. The invitation is open to all emerging, mid-career and established artists (18+) of Indigenous ancestry to submit up to three works of art. All media will be accepted, and works must be original and completed within the last two years. Artwork that challenges, celebrates and innovates is encouraged.

The exhibition will be presented with a publication at the Woodland Cultural Centre May 23-August 16, 2020.

Requirements for submissions will consist of RECENT (1-2 year) works by artists (18+) of Native ancestry and will be juried by: Patricia Deadman Curator, WCC and guest curator, to be confirmed.

Who do you know who should submit for Indigenous Art 2020 this year?


Important Dates

*Please Note Dates are Subject to Change*

  • Deadline for entry is Friday, April 17, 2020 by 4:00pm – POSTPONED
  • Notification for selected artwork will be sent by email by Friday, April 24, 2020 – POSTPONED
  • Pick-up of work that is not selected begins Monday, April 27, 2020 – POSTPONED
  • Opening reception Saturday, May 23, 2020 @ 2 pm – POSTPONED
  • Pick-up of works begins Monday, August 24-Sept 5, 2020 – POSTPONED

What Types of Classes of Work Will Be Accepted?

  • Painting in any media (indicate oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media etc.)
  • Drawings and prints including photographic in any media (indicate graphite, ink, coloured pencil, digital or silver photographic print etc.)
  • Sculpture in any media (indicate ceramic, wood, stone, bone etc.)
  • Installation (include plans, images, technical requirements and AV equipment)
  • Traditionally based works (indicate glass bead, quill, leather etc.)

Only up to THREE works may be submitted


Artist Checklist


[ ] Have you clearly labeled all submissions according to the guidelines?

[ ] Have you submitted all required materials listed?

[ ] Have you completed the Artist Information & ID labels in full?

[ ] Have you included your current biography?

[ ] Do you wish to have your contact information shared on our website?

[ ] Have you downloaded and read the guidelines and conditions?


Download Entry Form Here


Please help us share this out with Indigenous Artists that you know and make sure they submit their work for this year’s Exhibition!



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Employment Opportunity: Projects Coordinator

Job Description


The Projects Coordinator is the lead on operating grants, and provide oversight for all project grant funding for the Woodland Cultural Centre. They curate a database of funding sources, keeps copies of supporting documents, and coordinate the applications and reporting for the Centre’s grants. They are also the primary contact for all grant, unless otherwise indicated by the Executive Director. The Projects Coordinator is also responsible for ensuring that staff are alerted to relevant upcoming grant deadlines.


Duties and responsibilities include:


  • Coordinate with the Executive Director and Manager of Operations, and be the main contact for all WCC operational grants, and project grants unless otherwise designated by the Executive Director.
  • Work in tandem with department heads and project leads to provide oversight, help coordinate, reviewing, and the submission of applications and reports.
  • Liaise with funding agencies to ensure advocacy on behalf of WCC in conjunction with, and under the direction of the Executive Director
  • Work in tandem with the Finance and Executive Office on approved applications and reporting, particularly with regards to project budgets and financial projections.
  • Build and maintain a database of all Woodland grants and funding sources, as well as the contact information of their respective grant officers.
  • Track the status of applications and final reports to ensure the WCC is in good standing.
  • Seek out and recommend funding opportunities that align with WCC’s annual program planning.




  • Experience in public grant writing and reporting for core, capital, and multi-year projects in the arts, museum, and heritage sectors, with a track record of success.
  • Background in research and report writing.
  • Experience and skills in project management.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize competing priorities, and be solutions-oriented.
  • Attention to detail, professionalism, and confidentiality.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience creating, maintaining, and reporting on project budgets, with strong proficiency in building and maintaining budget sheets and using formulas.
  • Strong proficiency in working with and formatting complex documents and templates, and creating and working with fillable Word/PDF forms.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with the following programs: Windows OS, Mac OS, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, GoogleDrive.
  • Excellent organizational skills, and competence with both digital and paper filing.
  • Able to work as a team as well as independently.
  • Understanding of Haudenosaunee cultural history and current issues.
  • Knowledge of the Woodland Cultural Centre, the Mohawk Institute, and Residential Schools.
  • Possession of a clear Police Records and Vulnerable Sector check or willingness to obtain.
  • University degree in a related field or equivalent is an asset.


Working Hours


The Projects Coordinator’s regular hours are from 9:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Thursday. Special events, deadlines, and off-site meetings may require travel and work outside of regular hours. Please note this is a part-time, permanent position.


Application Details


Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage. 

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


Applicants shall submit a cover letter, current CV or Resume, proof of qualifications
and three references by 4 pm Tuesday March 31, 2020 to: 


Woodland Cultural Centre 

Attn: WCC Executive Director 

184 Mohawk Street 

Brantford ON N3S 2X2

519 759-2650


Download Full Job Description Here

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Tanya Talaga lecture at Sanderson Centre postponed


Direct from the Friends & Neighbours of Save the Evidence Press Release: A lecture by author Tanya Talaga scheduled for the Sanderson Centre on March 24 has been postponed to the fall.

The decision to postpone was made in response to the recommendation of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer that gatherings of more than 250 be cancelled to limit the spread of Covid-19.

The free lecture, which was going to fill the 1,125-seat theatre, was sponsored by Friends and Neighbours, a grassroots committee of volunteers supporting the Woodland Cultural Centre’s Save The Evidence Campaign. The lecture was organized in partnership with Laurier Brantford and The Sanderson Centre.

“We thought it was the safest thing to do,” said Dave Neumann, chair of Friends and Neighbours. “It’s important that we all do whatever we can to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and keep our community safe.”

“We’re working closely with Ms. Talaga, the Sanderson Centre, Laurier, Woodland and our sponsors and supporters to reschedule the event for the fall,” he said.

Everyone who has booked a ticket for the March 24 event should hang on to it, said Sanderson Centre manager Glenn Brown. They will be honored on the new date.

Ticket holders wanting to return tickets can contact the Sanderson Centre box office by phone at 519-758-8090 or 800-265-0710. Note that during the city’s Covid-19 response, counter service at the box office is suspended.

Although the event is free to attend, tickets are necessary to reserve a seat.

Ms. Talega, who is of Ojibway and Polish descent, was to lecture on “Rights Before Reconciliation.” Her great-grandmother was a residential school survivor.

The award-winning investigative journalist is the author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which focuses on the lives of Indigenous students over a quarter century in Thunder Bay. In the book she delves into the history of the community that has come to represent Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.

The book won the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize for non-fiction and the 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

She delivered the CBC Massey Lectures in 2018 which were the basis for her book entitled All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward.

The Brantford lecture was to be the fifth and final event in the 2019-20 lecture series organized by Friends and Neighbours. Planning is underway for the 2020-21 series.

Save the Evidence is a capital campaign to raise awareness and support for the repair and renovation of the Mohawk Institute building.  Its goal is to ensure the physical evidence of the dark history of residential schools in Canada is never forgotten.

After its closure in 1970, the former Mohawk Institute reopened as the Woodland Cultural Centre, which operates as a museum, gallery, and cultural hub for indigenous history, language, education, art, and contemporary culture. The Save the Evidence campaign has received support from Six Nations Elected Council, the City of Brantford and the Province of Ontario, as well as from individuals and organizations

Click here to learn more about the Save the Evidence Campaign


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COVID-19 UPDATE: Woodland Cultural Centre Closed to the Public

The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus/covid-19 a pandemic.  The health and safety of WCC staff and visitors is our number one priority.  WCC will be closed to the public effective Saturday March 14th until future notice to stop the spread. 

We encourage everyone to stay plugged into our Social Media channels to keep up to date  Woodland Cultural Centre will do our best to continue to keep sharing important and engaging content even though our doors are closed.





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What Activities are there for the Youth for March Break in Brantford, Six Nations and surrounding area?


March Break is from March 16, 2020 to March March 20, 2020 and many parents are searching for activities to participate in.

We have compiled a few of the events, camps, and activities happening in the Brantford, Six Nations and Surrounding Area for March Break.

We want to remind all community members that for the March Break week we will offer a 2 FOR 1 admission into the Museum and Gallery. Our current exhibition is Quilt of Belonging, which is 120ft textile project encompassing every Nation in Canada. We encourage you to participate in the Quilt of Belonging Scavenger Hunt, and get your children engaged in this incredible piece.

See More Teacher and Educational Resources for Quilt of Belonging Here

Also right down the street from our facility is the Mohawk Chapel. Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks in Brantford, Ontario is the oldest surviving church building in Ontario and was the first Anglican church in Upper Canada. It is one of only three Chapels Royal in Canada. In 1981, the chapel was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

For the month of March the Mohawk Chapel has 10% off all tours, but for March Break they are offering a 50% discount on tours! Great day out to plan to come to the Museum and Gallery, and then head down the road to the Mohawk Chapel.

Looking for a Day Camps in the Brantford Area?

There are many different Day Camps being offered within the City of Brantford and various age groups available.

See a List of Brantford March Break Camps Here

Looking for Day Camps in the Six Nations area?

The March Break Sports Camps are running at the Dajoh Youth and Elder Centre and are for ages 7-12.

A great way to get the kids active and socializing and developing teamwork and leadership skills.

For information and to register email or call 519-445-4311 ext. 5226

We hope to see lots of our local youth out enjoying the experience of March Break.

Woodland Cultural Centre will have our Quilt of Belonging Scavenger Hunt sheet available at the front desk or you can download it here.

We hope you all have a happy and safe March Break!

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Quilt of Belonging Teacher’s Resource Guide

The Quilt of Belonging has just arrived at Woodland Cultural Centre. As our staff work hard to unload and install the Quilt, we wanted to make sure all of the Teachers and Educators had access to the amazing Teacher’s Resources that come along with it.

We invite you to meet Esther Bryan, the visionary behind the Quilt as she takes us on a guided tour of the incredible textile piece at our Opening Reception, Saturday February 29 at 2PM.

As you go through the Teacher’s tool kit, remember Esther will be here to answer any questions at the Opening.

Quilt of Belonging is a richly hued portrait of the human family. It is a 120 ft long collaborative textile art project. The 263 blocks portray the rich cultural legacies of every nation of the world. The Quilt represents all First Peoples living in Canada, First Nations, Inuit and Métis; from Abenaki to Yellowknives Dene First Nation including community members of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.

In this textile mosaic, each person can experience a sense of belonging and find a place in the overall design – there is “A Place for All”. Together they record human history in textile, illustrating the beauty, complexity and sheer size of the human story.

This is a great way to demonstrate connection and belonging to your classroom.

Teacher Resources for Quilt of Belonging

There is a full Teacher’s Guide that takes you through grade by grade how to incorporate the Quilt into your lessons. A companion book is also available here at the Centre.

There are incredible ideas for Games to play, Arts and Crafts, Instructions on how to Create Your Own Quilt and Sample Projects for Teachers to reference. The Teacher’s Resources are broken down by grade to make it nice and easy for Teachers to incorporate the Quilt of Belonging into their curriculum.

We hope to see you and your students out to view the Quilt of Belonging, on display from February 29th to May 9th.


(Photos courtesy of

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Employment Opportunity -Manager of Operations


The Manager of Operations has oversight over Administration, Maintenance, and Visitor Services, to ensure core support services are in place and in compliance with industry standards, policy, procedure and systems, timelines and best practices. The Manager will work with the departmental teams to keep current on best practices and develop processes to ensure the seamless operations of the WCC.



The Manager of Operations assist the Executive Director (ED) by:

  • monitoring monthly financial reports, and forecasting to ensure resources are allocated appropriately
  • ensuring a responsive annual planning/budgeting cycle, and process for strategic planning
  • ensuring timely communications and management of meetings of the Board of Directors
  • assisting with special projects related to restoration to ensure appropriate policies and procedures are in place


Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience with annual planning, budget preparation, site management, and museum best practices acquired through a business degree or equivalent 3 years of experience.
  • Knowledge and experience with creating systems, policies and procedure to facilitate workflow, accountability and to meet the need of an evolving organization.
  • Attention to detail, professionalism, confidentiality and strong communication and interpersonal skills and experience in staff management.
  • Experience and advanced knowledge of a range of standard Office software: Excel, Power Point etc.
  • Ability to multitask, work in a fast-paced environment, and is solutions oriented.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to analyze needs.
  • Possession of a clear Police Records and Vulnerable Sector check or willingness to obtain

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants shall submit a cover letter, current CV or Resume, proof of qualifications and three references by 4 pm Friday March 13, 2020 to:

Woodland Cultural Centre
Attn: WCC Executive Director
184 Mohawk Street Brantford ON N3S 2X2
519 759-2650


Download Full Job Description and Salary Information Here


Want to see the other employment opportunities at Woodland Cultural Centre?

Click Here for Full List

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The Wadrihwa was first published by the Woodland Cultural Centre in 1985 and remained a treasured resource for Indigenous culture, art and history for all of the surrounding communities. The newsletter was known for sharing the stories of the Centre and keeping the community engaged in all of the incredible programming available.

We are excited to revive Wadrihwa and aim to give you a direct line into the programs and events happening here at the Centre.

The word “Wadrihwa” is a Cayuga word meaning “Spread the Word” or “Spread the News” and we hope this this Newsletter will be a resource used by many to help us do that.

The goal of the Wadrihwa is to share the resources of the Woodland Cultural Centre with everyone who wants to learn and give you a glimpse inside of the many departments and programs available.

Printed copies of this 24 page edition will be available to our community partners. If you are interested in showcasing our newsletter in your office or organization, please contact to be put on our Distribution List.

A digital pdf copy is available through email for everyone in the community.

Simply join our E-newsletter at


The Newsletter download link will be sent to your email upon registration!

Wadrihwa Highlights:

  • New Staff Announcements
  • Winter/Spring Exhibitions
  • Bean Woman Story
  • Indigenous Art 2020 Call for Entry
  • Guest Writer Ga:hgwihsǫhk Tracy Deer

Enter your email HERE and get your copy of the Wadrihwa today.

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Quilt of Belonging is a collaborative work of art whose mission is to recognize Canada’s diversity, celebrate our common humanity and promote harmony and compassion among people.

BRANTFORD (ONTARIO) CANADA – February 7th, 2020: Woodland Cultural Centre is excited to welcome “Quilt of Belonging” to our community. An Opening Reception and Artist Talk will be held February 29th, 2020 at 2PM with Esther Bryan presenting an intimate Artist Talk and guided tour. The “Quilt of Belonging” exhibition will be open for public display from February 29, 2020 to May 9, 2020. A companion book to the Quilt is available at the Woodland Cultural Centre.

Quilt of Belonging was begun in the fall of 1998 by artist, pianist, teacher, wife, mother, grandmother, volunteer Esther Bryan. Born in Dijon, France, she married Gary Bryan in 1971 and raised two daughters and a son and is currently a proud grandparent. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University (Montreal) and has been working as both artist and pianist for the past 40 years. She has been awarded many honours including the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal in 2016 recognizing her work for the Quilt of Belonging project.

In 1995 she went on a life-changing journey to Slovakia with her parents to find the family and home her father had left behind 43 years earlier. The dream of making this artwork was born as she recognized that everyone has a story to tell, each culture has a unique beauty and that the experiences and values of our past inform who we are today. In this textile mosaic, each person can experience a sense of belonging and find a place in the overall design – there is “A Place for All”. Together they record human history in textile, illustrating the beauty, complexity and sheer size of the human story.
Quilt of Belonging is a richly hued portrait of the human family. It is a 120 ft long collaborative textile art project. The 263 blocks portray the rich cultural legacies of every nation of the world. The Quilt represents all First Peoples living in Canada, First Nations, Inuit and Métis; from Abenaki to Yellowknives Dene First Nation including community members of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.

Six Nations Members who contributed to the Quilt:

• Lorna Thomas-Hill, Wolf Clan, Cayuga First Nation, and her son Samuel Thomas
• Barbara Little Bear, Mohawk
• Towanna Miller, Seneca, Kahnawake Reserve in Quebec
• Marilyn Cornelius, Oneida, with the help of her two nieces
• The Six Nations Women’s Singing Society, Onondaga
• Julia Stiles Vernon, Tuscarora

“It embraces the same philosophies that we have as Mohawk people that there is an inclusiveness. What better way to symbolize the fact that we are all here together in one place? There’s an old Mohawk philosophy of “One Bowl and One Spoon” and it really fits into what the Quilt symbolizes. The fact that everyone is here together and connected. A quilt is about connected patterns and squares in order to bring unity.” – Russell Roundpoint, Akwesasne Mohawk Territory

This monumental artwork is Canada’s most comprehensive textile art project. It is the work of volunteers from Victoria to Newfoundland to the Arctic Circle. From across Canada, participants were invited to contribute their talents and ideas, reflected through the prism of their cultural backgrounds. Over 3 million visitors have seen the Quilt and the artwork is also used in a variety of projects and education programs creating an impact nationally and around the world.

Educational resources available for teachers and a 48-minute documentary available through the website.

This exhibition has been made possible in part by Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage.


Have you seen the documentary?

Woodland Cultural Centre is located at
184 Mohawk St, Brantford ON, N3S 2X2
Open Monday – Friday 9 to 4:00pm, Saturday 10-5:00pm

Adults – $7.00
Seniors (65+) – $5.00
Students (5 – 18) – $5.00
Children (4 & Under) – FREE

All support community members receive FREE admission to the museum including: Six Nations of the Grand River, Tyendinaga & Wahta


For more information and publicity photos contact:
Layla Black
Marketing Coordinator
184 Mohawk St. Brantford ON
519-759-2650 x 250