Museum Jobs at Woodland Cultural Centre

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Short-Term Contract (September 28, 2020 – March 31, 2021)

15 hours/week

Closing Date:  September 23, 2020 at 4PM

 

The Woodland Cultural Centre shall be a leader in the revitalization and strengthening of the languages, values, arts, and knowledge found within the Indigenous Civilizations of the Eastern Woodland. It shall have as its aims and objectives the preservation, accurate documentation, education, decolonization and promotion of the values, practices, language, National Treasures and articles of both past and contemporary Indigenous Civilizations of the Eastern Woodland. Youth, Elders, students, scholars and people of both the Anishinaabek and Ǫgwehǫ:weh Civilizations can research, reaffirm, celebrate, learn, display and discuss their culture, language, history, art and values.

 

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:

Under the direction of the Projects & Language Coordinator, the Language Centre Cataloguer will assist in the cataloguing of the Language Resource Centre. The resources include paper archives, and audiovisual recordings such as CDs, cassette tapes, reel to reels, and digital files.

 

OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Language Cataloguer shall:

  1. Assist the Language Department with inventory, data-entry, and cataloging the collection
  2. Digitize paper & audiovisual archival assets
  3. Assist in the transcription and development of language materials & resources
  4. Assist with setting up the new Ǫgwehǫ:weh Language Resource Centre in the Mohawk Institute Building
  5. Interact with the public in a professional and courteous manner

 

OVERVIEW OF REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:

The Language Cataloguer shall have:

  1. Ideal candidates will have familiarity with at least one Ǫgwehǫ:weh language, and/or attend an Ǫgwehǫ:weh language program.
  2. Familiar with both Mac & PC operating systems, or willing to learn.
  3. Strong proficiency in Excel and/or experience working with databases.
  4. Experience in the PastPerfect Museum Software, or willingness to learn.
  5. Effective verbal and listening communication skills, and strong attention to detail.
  6. Time management skills, and efficient completion of assigned projects.
  7. Experience in cataloging, audiovisual editing software, and/or experience with the digitization of analog media are considered assets.

 

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 applicants 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,  Onondaga, or Mohawk.

 

Closing Date: September 18, 2020 at 4PM

 

If interested, please send cover letter and resumé with references by 4PM on September 23, 2020 to:

Attn: Projects & Language Coordinator

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street

Brantford, ON N3S 2X2

(519) 759-2650

projects@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

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

To learn more, visit: woodlandculturalcentre.ca 

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Museum Jobs at Woodland Cultural Centre

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Student Job Posting

Job Title: Fundraising Assistant
Duration: September 23 – December 31 2020, Part time
Wages: $14.00/hour, Contract is 246.5 hours total

Description:

The Woodland Cultural Centre is seeking an individual to assist in fundraising and donor management. This position requires a highly motivated individual who is interested in gaining experience in community engagement, partnership development, fundraising strategy, social media marketing, and administration. This position works directly with the Save the Evidence Coordinator and the Special Projects Consultant.

Job Duties:

  • Assist in all stages of fundraising endeavours, including off-site activities (if any)
  • Assist the Save the Evidence Coordinator in updating the database and expanding our partnerships
  • Compile all donations and sponsorship records, maintain a digital and paper records management system, and send out acknowledgement letters to donors, sponsors, and funders.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of a fundraising Social Media and Marketing strategy
  • Assist in preparations for Orange Shirt Day and our upcoming Survivors Gathering
  • Occasional front desk reception, welcoming guests as they come in and using the POS
  • Be familiar with the Centre’s programs and upcoming events
  • Promote a positive image of Woodland Cultural Centre to the community and the public

Qualifications:

  • Interest in helping the Woodland Cultural Centre develop and expand community partnerships
  • Knowledge of relevant computer software (emphasis on Microsoft Office and Google Drive)
  • Good organizational skills, and willing to learn in an office environment
  • Reliable access to internet, as this position will have some remote working
  • Effective verbal and listening communication skills
  • Time management skills, and completion of assigned projects
  • Able to work as a team as well as independently
  • Experience working on a fundraising campaign would be considered an asset
  • A full G licence with reliable access to a vehicle would be considered an asset
  • Knowledge of one or more Indigenous Languages would be considered an asset
  • Applicants MUST be a full-time student, and be under the age of 25 at the start of the placement

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

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage.

If interested, please send cover letter and resumé with references by September 21 2020 to:

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

Attn: Melissa Mt. Pleasant

(519) 759-2650   administration@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted

 

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Student Job Posting

Job Title: Education Program Assistant
Duration: September 23 – December 31 2020, Part time
Wages: $14.00/hour, Contract is 246.5 hours total

Description:

The Woodland Cultural Centre offers an opportunity for a youth to assist in the Centre’s education program. This position requires a highly motivated student who works well independently, has an education, research, or administrative background, and is interested in helping develop and expand digital educational programming in the areas of Indigenous cultures, histories, arts, and language.

Job Duties:

  • Assist in managing education programming and group bookings requests
  • Compile an inventory of arts and craft supplies
  • Build and test kits for workshops
  • Research and assist in adapting workshops for online access
  • Assist in the facilitation of online workshops
  • Assist in finding new multimedia and audiovisual materials for educational programs
  • Catalogue the educational resource available at the Centre
  • Occasional front desk reception, welcoming guests as they come in and using the POS
  • Be familiar with the Centre’s programs and upcoming events
  • Promote a positive image of Woodland Cultural Centre to the community and the public
  • General administrative duties as required

Qualifications:

  • Interest in helping the Woodland Cultural Centre develop and expand educational programming
  • Strong computer literacy (Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Zoom)
  • Good organizational skills, and willing to learn in an office environment
  • Reliable access to internet, as this position will have some remote working
  • Effective verbal, written, and telephone communication skills
  • Time management skills, and completion of assigned projects
  • Able to work as a team as well as independently
  • A full G licence with reliable access to a vehicle would be considered an asset
  • Knowledge of one or more Indigenous Languages would be considered an asset
  • Applicants MUST be a full-time student, and be under the age of 25 at the start of the placement

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

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage.

If interested, please send cover letter and resumé with references by September 21 2020 to:

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

Attn: Melissa Mt. Pleasant

(519) 759-2650   administration@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted

 

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Get ready for Grand Acts of Theatre!

Marking This Moment! The National Arts Centre (NAC) has engaged 11 companies from across Canada to create large-scale performances this Fall. Each show will be performed outdoors for live audiences all over Canada – and they’ll be filmed so we can watch them all online too!

Creative Producer, Director, Performer
Santee Smith

 

Continuance is the state of remaining in existence.

Continuance as a Grand Act is an embodiment of resilience. A celebration of Indigenous continuance the drive-in theatre shines light, 3D mapping on the dark oppressiveness of the Mohawk Institute Residential School.

With an immersive interplay with live intergenerational Haudenosaunee performers, the new media incorporates ancient-future imagery illuminating that the 142 year history of the school did not destroy cultural perpetuity. Disintegrating the facade of the school into images portraying cultural strength, beauty and iconic Haudenosaunee imagery. Coded within our iconographies are meaningful ways to live in the world with balanced harmony.

The performance is scheduled for Oct 3, 2020 at 9:00pm and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre will be on site to share this experience with all of us.

This is a free event, with limited tickets due to COVID-19 restrictions. All performances will be recorded and shared for those that are unable to attend the live performance.

Read more about Grand Acts of Theatre and see the other performance events

 

Register your Free Ticket Below (limit of 2 per person) More Details to follow.

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Woodland Cultural Centre announces “Unplugged” a Socially Distanced outdoor concert celebrating Nationally renowned Indigenous Singer Songwriters. 

 

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. The evening will be hosted by Santee Smith, founding and Managing Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre; Chancellor of McMaster University in Hamiliton; Artist and Guest Speaker.  Santee Smith is an internationally recognized leader in the performing arts, a multidisciplinary artist, choreographer and producer from the Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk) Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario.

 

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. 

 

Advance tickets will be on sale at WoodlandCulturalCentre.ca for $15 each or $25 family ticket (4 people max) and also available at the door the day of the event.

 

Woodland Cultural Centre is excited to be opening back up to the public, however limited tickets will be available to stay within COVID protocols.

Purchase Single Ticket Online

Single admission to the event.

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Family Pass to the event (max 4 people)

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Woodland Cultural Centre Re-Opening Protocols

Welcome back to the Woodland Cultural Centre! We are ecstatic to be able to reopen the doors to our Museum and Art Galleries to the public. New protocols have been implemented to protect all visitors and staff, following the government guidelines (Six Nations-Phase II).

Woodland Cultural Centre reopens

NEW SAFETY MEASURES

The continued health and safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. Woodland Cultural Centre will maintain strict social distancing protocols limiting building capacity within the museum and galleries to an occupancy level of ten (10) allowing employees and visitors to keep a physical distance of at least two (2) metres, except for brief exchanges.

The following steps will be enforced under public health orders:

  • For the safety of all staff and visitors, we will be utilizing a timed-entry ticketing system. Please book your ticket online in advance before visiting the Centre. We are limiting the number of people in the Museum/Gallery at any one time to allow for physical distancing which means you do not need to stand in line. Your entry time will be specified, so please ensure that you are on time. Once you are inside, you may enjoy the Museum and Gallery for one hour.
  • Upon arrival, employees and visitors must complete an assessment questionnaire. WCC supports public health efforts to assist with contact tracing, and is committed to protecting the privacy of everyone entering the building and will only retain personal information for so long as is necessary. Everyone is to follow all health and safety procedures, including wearing masks, and staying two (2) metres apart. Any staff or visitors who are feeling unwell will not be permitted entrance.
  • Touchless payment (i.e. credit and debit cards) is preferred over cash
  • Plexi-glass barriers at Reception DeskPlease leave backpacks and large bags at home
  • There will be no guided tours, only self-guided tours
  • Please wait your turn. There are a limited number of visitors allowed inside the Museum and Art Galleries at all times. Follow the social distancing markers

Health Precautions

• Visitors are required to wear masks during the entire visit*. Masks available on site for a nominal charge if you forget to bring your own
• Do not gather in groups; please keep your “social circle” to a maximum of 4 people
• We ask that all visitors sanitize their hands upon entry. Hand-sanitation stations are located throughout the museum and galleries.
• Stringent cleaning practices and schedules have increased. High traffic areas are cleaned and disinfected multiple times daily
• Employees and visitors must self-screen before visiting the Woodland Cultural Centre
• Don’t visit the Woodland Cultural Centre if you feel unwell
Public Spaces & Onsite Cleaning
• Follow directional arrows and signage for entering and exiting the building and in gallery spaces and hallways to maintain social distancing and prevent congestion
• No coat check or locker rentals will be allowed
• No seating will be in the museum or galleries
• Washrooms have frequent sanitization and are restricted to 2 individuals at a time
• Personal water bottles with locking lids and baby bottles are permitted in the museum and galleries. Please be careful around the art. Beverages and snacks are not available for purchase.

Book your Ticket

Please book your ticket online or by phone in advance to your visit. Call Visitor Services: 519.759.2650 or, register for your admission tickets from our website https://woodlandculturalcentre.ca/admission where you will be given a specific time for entry.

Walk-in visitors will be accommodated on a first come first served basis and as space allows.

In an effort to reduce physical contact, download our visitor guide and a map of the museum and galleries!

 

New Hours

Tuesday to Friday 10 am – 3 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday closed.

The first hour, from 10 am to 11 am, is reserved for individuals who are deemed vulnerable.

*All visitors over 2 years of age are required to wear a mask or face covering while visiting the Woodland Cultural Centre. We ask that all our visitors help us keep everyone healthy and safe by wearing a mask or face covering while visiting the Centre. If it is not possible for you to wear a mask / face covering or a face shield due to a pre-existing health condition, or due to any other reasons protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code, please email our Visitor Services Coordinator -frontdesk@woodlandculturalcentre.ca – in advance of your visit and we will attempt to accommodate you wherever possible.

 

Got Questions? Check out our COVID FAQ page

 

Nia:wen/Thank you for your cooperation.
See you soon.

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Woodland Cultural Centre to host virtual Orange Shirt Day events for schools and families at home.

 

orange shirt day virtual events 2020

Woodland Cultural Centre will be hosting multiple days of virtual Orange Shirt Day events for both the classroom and also families at home from Sept 29 – Oct 4.

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange Shirt Day (September 30th) is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to Residential Schools in Canada and learn more about the history of these schools. It has become a National Campaign to raise awareness and provide education about Residential Schools in Canada. 

Last year Woodland Cultural Centre invited over 400 guests for the Survivors Gathering, and over 150 students came to the centre for an educational experience on Orange Shirt Day. Unfortunately, this year the programming will have to be modified due to our current COVID procedures. 

Education is still our primary focus, and the Orange Shirt Day campaign stands for an important lesson we must all understand and acknowledge. This year our events will be happening virtually through the use of ZOOM. We will have multiple days available for schools and organizations, and also several public sessions for families who are at home yet still want to participate.

 


Program Overview for School Events

Sept 29, 30, & Oct 1 – 9:30am to 11:30am

Appropriate for grades 6+

Woodland Cultural Centre’s Education Team invites schools across Turtle Island to gather with us to acknowledge and understand the significance of Orange Shirt Day. The programming will be delivered through a ZOOM, and each classroom will come together to learn together. Multiple screening dates available.

  • Introduction by Woodland Cultural Centre Education Coordinator (15 minutes)
  • Virtual Tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School (45 minutes)
  • Survivor Speaker Testimonials (20 minutes)
  • Q & A session (30 minutes)
  • Teachers’ Resource package including activities to prepare your class for participation, follow up activities and further list of resources to for use with students and as background

Click Here Now to Download the Registration Package

 

To register your class for this Virtual Orange Shirt Day event please 

Melissa Mt. Pleasant
administration@woodlandculturalcentre.ca


Program Overview for Public Family Events

Oct 2 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm and Oct 4 – 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Appropriate for grades 6+

Woodland Cultural Centre understands that during these uncertain times, not all of our youth will be attending school. We have created separate events for families at home who wish to attend our virtual Orange Shirt Day event. Multiple screening dates available.

  • Introduction by Woodland Cultural Centre Education Coordinator (15 minutes)
  • Virtual Tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School (45 minutes)
  • Survivor Speaker Testimonials (20 minutes)
  • Q & A session (30 minutes)
  • Teachers’ Resource package including activities to prepare your class for participation, follow up activities and further list of resources to for use with students and as background

Click Here to Book Tickets October 2, 2020 @6:30pm

 

Click Here to Book Tickets October 4, 2020 @1:30pm

 


Home Study/Teacher’s Prepackage Now Available:

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 Hodinohsho:ni/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.

 

Orange Shirts available for pre-order before the event http://woodlandculturalcentre.com/orange-shirts-online

School Order Deadline: September 15th, 2020

 

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word of the day six nations

 

The First Nations Language program is dedicated to rationalizing, revitalizing and maintaining First Nations Languages, locally, regionally and nationally in the capacity of advisory services and best practices.

After 35 years, the Language Department is excited about the increasing interests in raising the bar from offering mere NSL Program Delivery mode to a First Nations Bilingualism mode in a Language Immersion setting. In Language Immersion the First Nations communities are coming to realize the potential and value of the intellect, wisdom and genius of their original First Nations Civilizations in Ontario.

First Nations are actively articulating the value and the fact that all sectors, partners and levels of governments are celebrating First Nations Bilingualism in the 21st century.

Our staff have been working on a collection of short instructional videos to help you learn to pronounce words from the Six Nations.

 

Mohawk  – Kanyen’kéha ka

August – Sehskéha

Time of Freshness or Green Vegetables

Cayuga  – Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ

Summer – Gęnhéhneh

 

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Last weekend the Woodland Cultural Centre Art staff hosted a free virtual screening of the Quilt of Belonging Documentary. The film was introduced by artists Esther Bryan, who also stayed after the film for a live Q & A session.

Quilt of Belonging is 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.

The feedback from everyone was powerful and inspiring. Quilt of Belonging Exhibition at Woodland Cultural Centre has been extended to October 31st, 2020 and will be available for viewing with timed tickets within the next couple of weeks.

Here are just a few of the comments from community members:

“I love that you recorded everyone speaking their own languages, you didn’t require anyone to speak English to participate. Very cool.” – Elisabeth Sunnen

“Thank you so much for this – I can’t wait to be able to come back to WCC!” – Amber Wood

“This is a national treasure! thank you!” – Phyllis Goodfellow

“Niá:wen, I really enjoyed this presentation tonight!” – Jennifer Hayward

We’ve had many requests for the replay of this virtual event. Our staff were able to record the screening and the Q & A so that those who missed it live can still participate. Make sure to Subscribe to our Youtube Channel for more video updates!

Several educators and parents were watching the Online Film Screening of the Quilt of Belonging, and saw the significance of adding the message of the Quilt to their curriculum and sharing it with their children. Quilt of Belonging has a full range of online resources available to help teachers and guide them on projects and lessons to introduce the Quilt.

See Quilt of Belonging Teacher’s Resources here

Watch the Replay of the Online Film Screening of Quilt of Belonging Below

 

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