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Sunday June 30 – Main Stage

1pm – 2pm

James Wilson


Singer/Songwriter from Six Nations


James Wilson is a 21 year old singer/songwriter from the Six Nations of the Grand River. Wilson has performed at many venues and competitions around Canada and the United States. In 2017 he had the great opportunity to sing back-up for “Lorde” at the MMVA’s (Much Music Video Awards).

Currently Wilson is in the works of recording a full length album.

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Friday June 28 – Main Stage


Lacey Hill


Folk, Blues, R&B ,Oneida Wolf Clan, Six Nations based Singer/Songwriter


A soulful musician, singer, and songwriter, Lacey Hill composes her music in Southern Ontario on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve. She grew up “down the bush” (slang for ‘on the reserve’) where her passion for singing emerged when she was just a toddler. For over a decade Lacey has honed her talents singing back up vocals and cover songs with local bands. But she wanted more, and since 2013 has taken centre stage with her own original acoustic music that blends folk and blues. Currently, Lacey is booking shows and hustling her new sophomore album “M” (released Feb. 2017 and available on iTunes!), all while expanding her local fan bases in Six Nations, Hamilton,Toronto, and beyond by conducting half-a-dozen shows a month.

Some of her exciting accomplishments include: Planet IndigenUS Showcase at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, ON; JUNO Music Crawl in Hamilton, ON; The Red Ride Tour at Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, ON; And most recently, her own CD release part at Kanata Village, Six Nations, on Feb. 2018. Lacey’s new album “M” (528 Vol. 2), released Feb. ’17 is available everywhere digital music is sold.


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2019 Onkwehón:we Festival Schedule

June 28-30 at the Woodland Cultural Centre


Friday June 28th


Saturday June 29th

Sunday June 30th

  • 12 PM – 6 PM Vendor Village
  • 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Archeology
    Archaeology site
  • 10 AM – 4 PM Mural painting workshop (Aboriginal Legal)
    Front Fence
  • 12 PM – 3 PM Clay bead & Moccasin workshop
    Workshop Tent *drop in activity*
  • 12 PM – 6PM SAIL: Art making activity
    *Drop In* – Silver Trailer
  • 1 PM – 2 PM James Wilson
    Main Stage

    James Wilson

  • 1 PM – 5PM Red Pepper Spectacle Arts
    Site Wide

    Red Pepper Spectacle Arts

  • 2 PM – 3 PM Sinquah Family Dance Troupe
    Main Stage

    The Sinquah Family Dance Troupe

  • 3 PM – 4 PM Gerry Burning
    Main Stage
  • 4 PM – 6 PM Smoke Dance Contest & Social Dancing (ft Andy Thomas)
    Main stage

    Andy Thomas

  • All day *drop in* Identifying Traditional plant medicines
    Silver Trailer

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Fantastic news for attendees of the Onkwehón:we Festival! We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Beaded Strawberry Pin Workshop!

This workshop will be facilitated by the talented Stevie Johnathan. You can check out their phenomenal work on their page, Yohskats Art & Design

Where: Woodland Cultural Centre
When: Saturday June 29, 3:30-7:30pm
How: Snag your spot for $25*

For more information or to register, call (519) 759-2650 or email Jessie Hill at



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(At the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale, representatives from Mennonite Central Committee Mennonite Disaster Service, and Woodland Cultural Centre started an important step on the road to promoting reconciliation, healing and awareness by signing an agreement to work together on the Save the Evidence Project. Pictured left to right John Head, Executive Director of MCC Ontario, Nick Hamm (MDS ON Unit Chair), Carley Gallant (Save the Evidence Coordinator) from Woodland Cultural Centre). Photo credit: Jesse Bergen


May 22, 2019

For Immediate Release

Joint MCC, MDS project to promote healing, reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians

Project at former Mohawk Residential School in Brantford, Ont. “not a typical disaster response”

A joint release from MCC, MDS Canada, Woodland Cultural Centre
BRANTFORD, Ont. — How do you repair a disaster 142 years in the making? For Mennonite
Disaster Service (MDS) Canada and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), it will happen one
desk, one table, and one bench at a time.

This summer, the two organizations will be working together with the Woodland Cultural
Centre to help in the restoration of the former Mohawk Residential School in Brantford, Ont.
“It’s not a typical MDS disaster response,” says Nick Hamm, chair of the Ontario unit. “But
Residential Schools were a disaster for Canada’s Indigenous people.”
Through the project, “we can play a small role in promoting reconciliation and healing, and also
promote awareness to volunteers about what happened there . . . the building represents so
many horrors.”

During its time of operation from 1828 to 1970, thousands of Indigenous children were sent to
the school—separated from their families, stripped of their heritage and not allowed to use
their language. Some were physically, sexually, and psychologically abused.
When it closed, the school and lands were returned to the Six Nations of the Grand River, which
opened the Woodland Cultural Centre in 1972. In 2014, after a storm severely damaged the
building, the community was asked whether to tear it down or save it. An overwhelming
majority voted to restore it, launching a fundraising campaign titled “Save the Evidence.”
Through the campaign, grants for major repairs were received from various levels of
government. But assistance was still needed to complete exhibits for the Centre.

In 2016, Woodlands asked MCC if it could help. “We were honoured to receive the request, and
asked MDS to partner with us,” says Lyndsay Mollins Koene, who coordinates MCC’s Ontario
Indigenous Neighbours program. “We’re so glad they’ve come alongside.”
During the four-week project, which starts in July, youth groups from Ontario and B.C. will build
desks for a representative classroom where children studied, and the benches and tables for

the dining room where they ate. They will also help repair and organize the return move of the
Centre’s research library.
MDS is supplying the volunteers; MCC will assist with cultural orientation, along with funding
the cost of the materials.

“The project is steeped in a story we are a part of,” says Mollins Koene, noting Mennonites
founded and ran three residential schools in Northwestern Ontario.
Through the project, MCC and MDS are inviting its constituent churches “to work as part of a
story that talks about a colonial history that is still part of Canada today,” she adds, noting
Woodland Cultural Centre “has extended a hand to us to be members of a three-way

For Carley Gallant-Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator at Woodland, it’s “very important to us to
have MCC and MDS alongside, offering their support and services.”
After almost five years of work, “we are finally seeing the end in sight,” she says, adding the
assistance from MCC and MDS “will help us get back into the building.”
She’s excited about the contribution from the MDS volunteers.
“The furniture will help set the tone for the space, showing what it was like when children were
sent there,” Gallant-Jenkins says. The dining hall restoration will be particularly poignant. “Siblings who were sent to the school
were separated. In the dining hall, they couldn’t talk to each other, but at least they could see
each other from a distance,” she shares. In addition to the work, volunteers will get a chance to assist with an archeological dig taking
place on the grounds of the school. “That will make the experience even richer,” says Gallant-Jenkins. “Imagine what it will be like
to find something that once belonged to a student, a coin, a button or something else.”
Along with the work, volunteers will participate in cultural and historical orientations, and also
meet survivors. “They are hard stories to hear, but so important if we are to move forward together,” she
shares. Adds Mollins Koene: “The project is more than restoring a building. It’s about restoring
relationships between Nations, and between individuals.”

The first group of weekly youth volunteers, from Kitchener’s Stirling Avenue and St. Jacobs
Mennonite churches, arrives July 7, followed by youth from the Listowel and Elimira, Ont.

Mennonite churches, Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, B.C., and the Toronto
Chinese Mennonite Church.

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For more information about Woodland Cultural Centre or the MCC/MDS project, contact:
Carley Gallant-Jenkins, Woodland Cultural Centre, 519-759-2650,
Lyndsay Mollins Koene, MCC, 705-264-2494,
Nick Hamm, MDS Canada, 905-401-3990,

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The Creator’s Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood

A review by Virve Wiland, WCC Librarian


Here I am, the reader of the book “The Creator’s Game” – Lacrosse, thinking I am being given an insight into the history of Indigenous Lacrosse.  What I am really being given is an insight into how Lacrosse helped to bring Indigenous nations together and provide them with a doorway to “Identity and Indigenous Nationhood”.

Allan tells us his personal story as an intergenerational Survivor of Residential Schools; some trickster tales; how Canada appropriated Lacrosse as its National Sport; and how Lacrosse gave Indigenous Nations a powerful tool for reunification and went way beyond to demand sovereignty on the world stage.

The claim that Lacrosse represented a civilized Canadian identity became so pervasive that it was used as an assimilation tool to further cultural genocide at Residential Schools.

In his last chapter Allan Downey explains that he decided not to cover ceremonial games in this book.  “I and the mentors with whom I worked shared only what we wanted to share.  So much has been taken from our communities that I wanted to start giving some of the stories back”.

Allan Downey will be giving a lecture at Laurier Brantford in October 2019 to support the Save the Evidence Campaign in fundraising to repair the former Mohawk Institute Residential School building.  We hope that many of you Lacrosse enthusiasts will come out to hear Allan’s story.  Keep an eye on this website for details.


You can purchase a copy of The Creator’s Game from Good Minds


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You could help us win $10,000!

June is #GivingChallengeCA and EVERY DOLLAR donated to Save the Evidence via or automatically gives us a chance to win a $10,000 donation.

Donating has never been easier – go directly to our page and donate today by clicking these links: or


Or simply follow these steps below!

– Go to or
– Type in the search bar “Woodland Cultural Centre”
– Click “Woodland Cultural Centre”
– Click the “donate” button

We can’t do this without your support!

Help Us Win $10,000


If you would like to organize a fundraising event, or make a contribution to our Save the Evidence campaign at any time, please contact our Save the Evidence Coordinator Carley Gallant-Jenkins at You can also donate online at

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Join our Team!

Museum & Arts Curator

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Museum & Arts Curator assumes the responsibilities for managing, developing, maintaining and overseeing all aspects of the Museum and Art Gallery for the Woodland Cultural Centre. This includes: research and development of exhibitions, overseeing the collections management and acquisitions, publications and critical writing, artist relations, grant preparation, budget preparation and donor relations, public programming, exhibit production, public/community engagement and advocacy and awareness about the place of the WCC in the larger museum and gallery context nationally. The candidate will lead a team of staff, and report to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.

Overview of Responsibilities:

The Museum/Art Curator is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of the Museum and Art Gallery initiatives which supports the WCC as a leader in the field of Indigenous material culture education and programming (including exhibitions, critical writing, artistic events and performances) both local for WCC support communities and nationally.

• Oversees the management of day to day operations of the Museum and Art Gallery.
• Recommends and develops work objectives, policies, projects, and special initiatives related to the Museum and Art Gallery.
• Creates, develops and coordinates artistic and historic exhibitions/permanent galleries and public programming at Woodland Cultural Centre and with other partner institutions.
• Researches and creates plans for executing museum exhibits, interpretation, and other supporting content.
• Recruits, supervises, trains, and mentors staff for the Museum and Art Gallery.
• Maintains the professional policies and procedures necessary to meet provincial and regional standards for Museum and Art Galleries in Ontario and Canada.
• Ensures the proper development, storage, and preservation of the Museum and Art collections.
• Identifies key contacts and organizations which could assist the Centre in meeting cultural and special interest programming objectives.
• Attending events and special programming outside of the centre to grow relationships and networks with provincial and national museums, museum organizations, art galleries and cultural centres.
• Hires artists and negotiates contract conditions for artists.
• Develops fundraising proposals, grants and researches and develops funding opportunities for the Museum and Art Gallery.
• Manages finances for the Museum and Gallery including the creation of budgets, tracking expenses and revenues, and financial reports.
• Works with the Marketing Coordinator to create engaging marketing, media, social media and community engagement campaigns for Museum and Art Gallery exhibits and events.


The Museum/Art Curator shall have:
• Degree in Museum Studies/History/Visual Arts, or a related discipline, with a minimum of 5 years experience at the Director/Curator level.
• A dedication and interest in contemporary Indigenous art and the preservation of history, and ideally a knowledge/understanding of the Indigenous Civilizations of the Eastern Woodland including their history, geography, cultural practices and language.
• Proven ability to manage multiple assignments effectively, problem solve and set priorities in an environment with multiple competing deadlines.
• A history of solid fiscal management, and be well versed in the creation of annual budgets, capital budgets and budget tracking.
• A curatorial track record of solid collections management, acquisition, research, publications, interpretation and exhibition creation, fabrication and installation.
• An in-depth knowledge of curatorial and educational programming.
• A working knowledge of Museum methods and techniques, such as those relating to the identification and cataloguing of objects
• High degree of professionalism with outstanding ability to work effectively and efficiently with colleagues at all levels of management.
• Have experience in strategic planning, forecasting and financial management, fundraising/grant writing, and working with non-profit board.



All applicants for this position should submit a cover letter, a current CV or Resume, and three references and two samples of published writing.

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage.


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

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

Attn: Melanie Fernandez
Interim Executive Director
(519) 759-2650

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


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Please note this posting is now closed

Marketing Coordinator

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Marketing Coordinator assumes the responsibilities for developing and implementing strategies for raising the organizational profile of the centre by managing digital marketing and website updates, and creating event-specific content and plans across all platforms including online, print, video, radio, and social media. The Marketing Coordinator will take the lead on liaising with outside contractors to ensure consistency of the WCC brand identity and creating strategies for reaching the broadest possible public.

Overview of Responsibilities:

The Marketing Coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing, media, social media and community engagement campaigns which support the WCC as a leader in the field of Indigenous cultural education and programming (including exhibitions, artistic events and performances).

• Develops and implements robust marketing, media and social media strategies to support the Centre’s activities and aspirations.
• Ensures a consistent brand awareness and reputation on all media platforms (web, print, video, radio, social media).
• Creates marketing, media, social media and community engagement campaigns with clear objectives and analysis of performance of channels, campaigns, and programs on a regular basis.
• Work collaboratively with the WCC staff to ensure marketing priorities are embedded in all aspects of WCC activities as a cultural centre.
• Manages and maintains promotional materials inventory.
• Creates content for website, email campaigns, e-newsletter, social media, and other platforms and designs a content plan and schedule.
• Coordinates with design, print, and other suppliers.
• Develops partnerships to further the WCC profile and objectives.
• Ensures timely and impactful communications related to WCC.
• Proofreads all communication materials for spelling, grammatical and typographical errors, and checks that all elements are correct and factual.
• Creation of marketing reports to be reviewed by the Board of Directors.


The Marketing Coordinator shall have:
• Education in marketing with a minimum of 3 years experience.
• Proven ability to develop and implement marketing projects and campaigns.
• A track record of strategic approaches with proven results.
• Ability to work with software and online tools including: WordPress, Microsoft and Google applications, email delivery and management platforms (MailChimp), and social media platforms.
• Strong creative copywriting skills with a commitment to quality and detail.
• Experience in fundraising in the public and/or private sectors.
• The ability to manage projects, finances, timelines, deliverables and staff teams.
• High degree of professionalism with outstanding ability to work effectively and efficiently with colleagues at all levels of management.
• Ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
• Graphic design skills and proficiency with Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign an asset.



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

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage.

Closing Date: Wednesday June 12th 2019


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

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

Attn: Melanie Fernandez
Interim Executive Director
(519) 759-2650

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