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 Woodland Cultural Centre (WCC) is excited to announce the upcoming virtual film screening  of the musical documentary “The Road Forward” on February 21, 2021 at 7PM. This event is part of the Teioia’ks iakwatero:roks  “We Watch Movies” Film Series.  Join us together with Patricia Deadman, Curator (WCC) for a viewing of film followed by a question and answer period.

the road forward marie clements

The film The Road Forward connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history, the be beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930’s with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. Shot in musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with blues, rock and traditional beats. Woodland Cultural Centre is excited to bring virtual programming, and film screenings that are not only available to local community members but now can be available to anyone, anywhere with a computer and wifi connection.

“Art continues to remain as a tool for activism. Marie Clements is a storyteller. She masterfully weaves layers of history and influences together from the past that inform the present through film, theatre, writing. Marie eloquently creates an awareness to issues of politics, race and gender that affect individuals and community. The Road Forward engages audiences to consider the resiliency of community.” –Patricia Deadman, Curator


Featuring local artists and speakers Murray Porter, Cheri Maracle and Jennifer Kreisburg, the Road Forward uses song and melody to tell a powerful story. This film was based of a live performance that many enjoyed in person and now with technology, can continue to experience globally.


WCC offers the invitation for this FREE EVENT to all, and hopes many will join us for this virtual film screening. The Arts department has a suggested minimum donation of $5 to help the Arts department continue to provide digital programming during these challenging times. Pay what you can and come watch movies with us!

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The “Teioia’ks iakwatero:roks” We Watch Movies Film Series is a monthly virtual event hosted by the WCC Arts Department to bring the community together in this time of social distance to celebrate Indigenous Films, Actors, and Film makers.


Date: February 21st, 2021 at 7PM

Admission: Free with a suggested donation


Admission is based on donation and all are welcome. Your donations go towards the Arts Department and allow WCC to continue to provide programming all year round.

For those that are able we ask that you make a donation through the buttons below. Your zoom registration link will be sent to your email.


Click the Link to Make a Donation or email to Register without Donation.

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Our Save the Evidence campaign would not have made it this far in the project without the support from local community businesses. Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc have supported the project by donating funds to the campaign and also contributing the time of their staff to learn about the history of residential schools in Canada.


We send many Nya:wehs to those that continue to lock arms with us to cross the finish line and appreciate this statement made from TMHC.


TMHC donated to the Save the Evidence campaign and supports the efforts to preserve the building as a long-standing reminder of the residential school era to ensure that it is not erased from mainstream Canadian history.

The stories of the survivors need to be told and preserved as part of this shared colonial history. They are emotional, heart-breaking and raw.

Many people will never fully appreciate what life was like at residential schools. Yet hearing the personal memories of survivors helps adults and children alike better understand the day-to-day trauma they experienced in a familiar, relatable way.

Some of our staff had the privilege of touring the facility during the Ontario Archaeological Society’s conference held in Brantford in 2017 with the theme of “From Truth to Reconciliation: Redefining Archaeology in Ontario.”

We were forever changed by the experience.

– Holly Martelle, Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc.


This story was featured in our last Save the Evidence Newsletter. Our next newsletter is in editing stages so CLICK HERE NOW to enter your email so you don’t miss the updates.

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The Vision: Ga:hǫh ne’ hni’ ga:howe:kso/Covered and Uncovered – An Online Auction of Face Masks


“Artists respond to the world around them in a way that only they can.  To showcase these masks truly represent the impacts a global pandemic has had on individuals and communities.  The impacts the pandemic had on artists and arts organizations like Woodland Cultural Centre has been detrimental.  However, I saw artists and arts organizations shift their activities in new ways to ensure that we continued to create and present art.  With this auction, I hope that it brings to light the importance art is to our world and more specifically to our communities.” Janis Monture, Executive Director


WCC’s National Call for Submission is requesting Indigenous artists to create new original works of art in the form of a face mask in response to the new realities created by the global coronavirus pandemic impacting so many Indigenous communities across the country. The artful masks created may include any mixed media inclusive of but not limited to glass bead, quill, leather, found objects etc. The mask can be either functional or sculptural. WCC will host our first online fundraising auction in mid-April with 50% of proceeds shared with artists and 50% to support WCC programs, specifically School Visits & Educational Programming and Exhibitions.

Photo Courtesy of Santee Smith.

The masks represent resilience and perseverance in this difficult and uncertain time.

Indigenous artists continue to find creative methods that share cultural knowledge and provide a guiding light and offer hope and resilience. Artists are asked to create a face mask that now has become universal, omnipresent and mandated. They are a blessing and a curse; they keep you safe yet obstruct our interactions and expressions. Masks have become personalized yet they are uncomfortable and make it difficult to breathe. What do masks represent to you and how do you view it?


WCC recognizes the contribution of artistic creativity and offers an online opportunity to support initiatives. WCC continues to develop its operating and programming initiatives to find creative and innovative new ways to serve our communities. 


Woodland Cultural Centre was established in October 1972 upon the closure of the Mohawk Institute Residential School. The purpose of the Centre is visionary and includes, the preservation and interpretation of the original Residential School site which historically functioned to strip children and communities of their language, history and culture with a view towards assimilation; and a counterpoint Museum and Art Gallery building which serves to showcase the rich Haudenosaunee civilizations of the Great Lakes area and the contemporary artistic practices. The WCC offers unique programming including school visits, special events, workshops, performances, historic and contemporary exhibitions, an active language program, a library and archive.


Submission Deadlines

  • Pre-registration/expressions of interest required by March 12, 2021
  • Masks must be received at the WCC by April 26, 2021
  • Submissions will be juried and accepted from invited artists only
  • Artists will be notified of confirmation of participation by March 29, 2021


Submission Guidelines

  • Marketing and media to be managed by the WCC and artists must agree to have images used for promotional purposes
  • Artists will be advised of exact online auction dates and items will have a minimum bid attached
  • 50% of sales amount will be remitted back to the artists and 50% retained by WCC
  • A short artist statement should accompany the submission (100 word limit) and short bio (100 word limit)
  • Masks will be mounted and photographed for the online auction and artists will receive a high-resolution copy for their own use, giving recognition to the photographer


Submission Conditions

  • Complete and sign entry form.
  • Upon delivery, works must have identification labels attached.
  • Delivery of their artworks is the responsibility of the artist and should be made in-person when possible. Any works that are shipped must be prepaid. WCC will not accept collect shipments. Please pack with care.
  • The artist, by submission of entry, retains copyright and grants the Woodland Cultural Centre the right to photograph art works for publicity, educational, and reference purposes.
  • All selected work will be insured by the Woodland Cultural Centre while on the premises.

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Posting Period:      February 10 – February 24, 2021 @ 4:00p.m

Position:                  Digital Learning Coordinator

Location:                 Woodland Cultural Centre

Job Status:              Contract until December 31, 2021

Hours of Work:      35



Reporting to the Curator, the Digital Learning Coordinator will evaluate and update educational workshops to be delivered virtually, coordinate the creation of new videos, coordinate the production of a virtual museum tour and implement a self-guided tour app.  The Digital Learning Coordinator will work within the policies and procedures established by the Woodland Cultural Centre.


  • To evaluate and update nine (9) WCC educational workshops to be delivered virtually, and in alignment with the Ontario curriculum
  • To coordinate the production of eighteen (18) 10-15 minute videos (2 per workshop) interviewing community members and knowledge holders regarding key topics in the educational workshops
  • Work with Marketing to coordinate the launching of these 9 workshops on a compatible digital platform
  • To coordinate the production of a 60 minute (1 hour) virtual tour film of the WCC Museum, including overseeing script development, being the primary contact with the video production company, scheduling interviews and meetings as needed, and working with key staff to review the film following post-production.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the DriftScape app as a self-guided tour tool for the WCC museum and galleries
  • To work with staff across the organization, including Education, Marketing, Museum, Collections, and Language
  • Report writing as directly related to this project (summaries for marketing, and narratives for reporting purposes)
  • Perform other administrative duties as required



***For a full description of the Essential Duties & Responsibilities and Education/Experience, please refer to attached Job Description for further details***




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


Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage.


Closing Date: February 24, 2021 @ 4:00p.m


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


Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3S 2X2


Administrative Assistant

(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




Nia:wen/Thank You

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Continuance: Yonkwa’nikonhrakontáhkwen – Our Consciousness Continues Unchanged


Continuance is the state of remaining in existence.


This powerful performance has been released by National Arts Centre for public viewing.

Watch the Performance on the National Art Centre website here now

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.

Continuance was performed for a live audience on site here at Woodland Cultural Centre on Saturday, October 3, 2020 in Six Nations, ON.

Watch the introduction here.


Presented by National Arts Centre English Theatre’s


Watch more Grand Acts of Theatre here:

Supported by RBC and The Jenepher Hooper Fund for Theatre.

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Presentation Partner: Woodland Cultural Centre

Creative Producer, Director, Performer: Santee Smith

Production: Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

Performers: Julianne Blackbird, Ascension Harjo, Raelyn Metcalfe, Montana Summers

3D Mapping Design: AVA – Animation & Visual Arts: Emma Lopez and Pedro Narvaez, Co-Directors

Lighting and Staging Design: Lindy Kinoshameg

Cinematographer, Editor: Jon Elliott

Score Composition, Arrangement: Adrian Dion Harjo

Songwriters/Singers: Jennifer Kreisberg, Semiah Smith

Singers: Ascension Harjo, Lindyn Hill, Biine Kwe Elijah, Blayze Longboat, Imani Mitten, Santee Smith

Opening Address and Singer: Biine Kwe Elijah

Green Screen Videographer: Thru The Red Door – Shane Powless

Costume Designer: Adriana Fulop

Production Stage Manager: Candace Scott Moore

Advisor: Roberta Hill

Kanienʼkéha Translator: Tehahenteh Miller

Production Stage Manager Mentee: Donika Stonefish

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Matrilineal Bundle


Godi’nigoha’ (The Women’s Mind)

The exhibition Godi’nigoha’ – The Women’s Mind was composed of pieces from contemporary Iroquoian women artists, Patricia Deadman, Kelly Greene, Shelley Niro, and Jolene Rickard. It is “an examination of an Iroquois women’s perspective on the land and landscape”. The catalogue has photos of the photographs, paintings, and installments that make up the exhibit. A one-day interdisciplinary symposium was held to further explore related questions around Iroquoian women’s traditional relationship to land. The catalogue also includes a small written by Dr. Deborah Doxtator exploring Iroquois women and their connection to the land pre and post contact.



Patches was an exhibition that ran from January 28 to March 6, 1983 showcasing the art of quilt making on the Six Nations and New Credit Reserves. The exhibit included quilts dating from the 1920’s to the 1980’s. The exhibit catalogue has photos of many beautiful quilts, some of which are apart of the Woodland Cultural Centre’s permanent collection. The catalogue also has a brief history of quilting coming to the Six Nations and New Credit reserves.


Keepers of Our Culture

Keepers of Our Culture was an exhibit to celebrate native women in the living arts held at the Woodland Cultural Centre. The catalogue showcases some of the various forms of art created by native women with photos of pottery, paintings, sculptures, and masks. Biographies of all the Keepers of Our Culture artists are listed. The catalogue includes the Quills and Quilts segment of the exhibition held at the Glenhyrst Arts Centre.



See the Library’s online catalogue here