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Museum Jobs at Woodland Cultural CentreJob Posting: General Maintenance


Job Title:            General Maintenance

Posting Period:   November 12 to November 26, 2021 @ 4:30 p.m.

Location:            Woodland Cultural Centre

Job Status:         Contract till March 31, 2022

Wages:               $15-$17/hour, 40 hours per week (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm)


Job Purpose:

Reporting to the Buildings and Grounds Maintenance, General Maintenance will perform a range of maintenance and custodial duties, including security, grounds maintenance (grass cutting, snow removal), event set up and take down, mopping, finishing and buffing floors, dusting, vacuuming and shampooing carpets, cleaning and restocking restrooms.


Job Duties:

  • Performs general, routine maintenance duties for grounds care and building care including dusting, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning restrooms, and restocking paper and soap supplies.
  •  Conducts security checks for the premises and regularly monitors the buildings and grounds both in person and over closed-circuit camera systems.
  • Performs routine maintenance to equipment and supplies and performs cleaning and seasonal functions specific to the assigned facilities.
  • Empties trash receptacles, disposes trash into compactors and/or dumpsters, and bags trash for proper disposal.
  • Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  • Assist with snow removal activities and minor maintenance, such as replacing light bulbs, moving furniture, or other similar activities.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.



  • Have experience in maintenance or custodial work.
  • Have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, proof of insurance and a cell phone


Applicants shall submit a cover letter, resume, and three references by 4:30 pm November 8, 2021 to:

Administrative Assistant, Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford ON N3S 2X2

519 759-2650




All applicants for this position should submit a complete application. Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage. The Woodland Cultural Centre welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Woodland Cultural Centre Remembers Indigenous Veterans:

Hadri:yohs (Warrior)

We, the people of Tyendinaga, Wahta, and Six Nations of the Grand River, are the descendants of warriors.  Warriors were honoured and valued members of our society; instrumental in maintaining the Great Peace and protecting the Confederacy.  In keeping with the traditions of our ancestors the staff of the Woodland Cultural Centre have shared our remembrances of the warriors we descend from and the respect we have for these Haudenosaunee men and women.  We honour all Haudenosaunee warriors – names known and unknown.



Janis Monture Remembers

This Remembrance Day I remember Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture, who served in World War One as a nurse in the American Expeditionary Force in France.  Growing up she was my paternal great-grandmother who I was fortunate to have in my life.  I knew that she was the first Indigenous woman to become a nurse in Canada.  Despite not being allowed to get her nursing degree in Canada at the time, she crossed over the border to the United States to attain her nursing degree in New Rochelle, New York.  It was while she was in the United States, she volunteered to join the army nurse corps where she served at Base Hospital 23 in Vittel, France where she treated wounded soldiers.  Much of her time overseas she kept a diary where she recorded her experience as a nurse.

This Remembrance Day I also remember John A. Seymour, who served in World War Two as an Automobile Serviceman with the Army of the United States.  My maternal grandfather, prior to enlisting was attending Tri-State College in Angola, Indiana to study Chemical Engineering.  However, in April 1945 he joined the army.   My grandfather during his two years of serving spent time in the Aleutian Islands and received an Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.






Jessie Hill Remembers

My grandfather, Clarence Cecil “Doc” Hill, was born May 25, 1916. He served as part of the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II. When he returned home, he continued his life as a lacrosse player, an ironworker, and a farmer, spending a brief period of time employed by the Secretary of Indian War Veterans. He eventually married my grandmother, Elsie Merritt, and had nine children. He passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brantford, August 13, 1981.

I did not know my grandfather, as he had passed away before I was ever born. I never thought to ask my grandmother about him. As a child, you believe yourself and the people around you to be immortal, that you will always have time to ask about them. What we take for granted is that the people you want to know more about must have talked about their experiences – and when I asked my mother and her siblings, they reported that grandfather was such a person who did not talk about his time in service – but in their own research, we were able to piece together some of the information about his time at war.

Clarence Cecil Hill enlisted in the Royal Canadian Airforce on July 20, 1943. His Service Number was R263343. There is what appears to be conflicting information at this point, as there appears to be three different spaces he conducted his training in – letters indicate he was positioned to do his training in Mount Pleasant, PEI, but a copy of his regulation notebook indicates that he would have done his basic training in Newmarket, Ontario, while a mess hall membership card says he would have trained at the No. 3 Aircrew Graduate Training School, at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. It was likely all three, with the basic training of 14 weeks in Newmarket, intense physical training for three weeks in Quebec, and potentially undergoing further training at RCAF Station Mount Pleasant, No.10 Bombing and Gunnery School.

As this training would indicate, he flew in bomber aircrafts; his role was that of a tail gunner. He conducted his tour as part of the No 158 Squadron RAF (41 Base), stationed at RAF Lissett, Yorkshire, England. He was one of eight crewmembers at the time. Although he had been trained using a Lancaster Bomber, throughout his career, he actually flew in a Handley Page Halifax.

Based on the dates of flight and the records of his squadron, it’s possible that he flew as part of the Normandy Invasions, but we know the majority of his tour was spent flying as part of a strategic bomber force. Throughout his tour, he logged a combined total of 361 hours and 18 minutes in flight – we know this because we are lucky enough to have his flight logbook. Those hours were almost evenly split between day and night flight, with 173 hours and 48 minutes in the day, and the remaining 187 hours and 30 minutes flying at night. His last flight was recorded March 11, 1945; when he was discharged from service, he was ranked as a Sergeant.

A tail gunner’s responsibilities were primarily those of lookouts in defense of not only their own aircraft, but those of the aircrafts flying above them.  As such, it was an incredibly dangerous positions to be in, with roughly 20,000 tail gunners losing their lives throughout WW2. On top of that pressure was the reality that the gunner’s position was a very small space, far from the rest of the crew, and having to be constantly alert and coherent to communicate with their pilot for evasive action – or if need be, to attack. Knowing how high the risk of fatality was and how lonely it could be, I suppose it is not that difficult to understand why my grandfather did not talk about his time at war often.

My grandfather was not the only member of his family who served in World War 2. His younger sister, Ethel Kathleen Hill (1925-1999), served as a Leading Aircraftwoman (LAW) for the R.C.A.F. To the best of my knowledge she stayed stationed in Canada throughout her service and was focused on administrative/clerical work. I am still researching the work Aunt Ethel would have done, as the role of women in the Second World War began limited to administrative and clerical, but throughout the war would evolve to include aircraft mechanics, parachute riggers, air traffic controllers, etc.

Grampa’s older brother, James William “Willie” Hill (1913-2001), was a Leading Aircraftman (LAC). Uncle Willie served as a radio operator/navigator on both the East and West coast during his tour, with the task of looking for submarines from enemy forces. After his time in service, he returned to a life of farming and eventually worked for Indian Affairs for 25 years, then an additional 21 years working at Styres Funeral Home.

Grandpa’s brothers-in-law also served in the Second World War. Prior to joining the war, Lorne Wellington Merritt was a truck driver, joining the army at the age of 19 on July 30, 1940. During his brief time in the service he was a gunner in the Royal Canadian Artillery, serving with the “A” troop of the 37th Battery, R.C.A., C.A.S.F. Uncle Lorne (service #H/54644) is said to have died from a bursting appendicitis in the General Hospital in Pembroke, passing away on November 27, 1940.

My grandmother’s twin brother, Cecil Glen Merritt (service number #R218590), enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in 1942 – he graduated from his training as an Air Gunner from Mt. Joli, Quebec, in 1943. As a gunner, he flew with the #426 Thunderbird Squadron, and completed 29 flights over enemy territory. He was reported missing and presumed dead in 1944 – it was later confirmed that he had died in action July 28/29, 1944, as his crew’s plane was shot down by a night-fighter. Like his brother, Uncle Glen was only 19 years old when he died.






Tara and Kourtney Froman Remember

We are fortunate to be able to honour living veterans in our family.

Our father, Elwood W. Froman served two tours of duty in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, 1968-1970.  Stationed in the port city of Da Nang, Dad was on riverboat patrol of the Hau River in South Vietnam.  Each seaman on the riverboat had to be able to do any of the duties the patrol required but Dad preferred being assigned to gunner duty.  Discharged in 1970 as an E3 Seaman, Dad went on to ironwork out of Local 736.  Now a proud To:tah of eight, he is active in the Six Nations Veterans Association and can be seen marching at Six Nations’ annual Veterans’ Day service

Arleen Froman (now Morrow), Elwood’s older sister, enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1959.  A Leading Airwoman (LAW), “Enie” specialized as a fighter control operator.  Our Aunt was stationed at RCAF Clinton.  She continues to proudly serve in the various roles she assumes at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 616 near Ottawa.








Mika Patterson Remembers

This Remembrance Day, like all those previous, I think of my Great-Great Uncle, Corporal Welby Lloyd Patterson. Though I never got the chance to meet him, his name and contributions to the war effort have always been a constant in my life. One of my earliest memories of Remembrance Day was a history lesson about the Second World War from my Dad. He showed me Welby’s picture and a short biography in the Forgotten Soldiers book by Fred Gaffen. My Dad made a point to mention how significant the efforts of soldiers from Six Nations have been in major world conflicts, such as the First and Second World Wars. From that point on, I always made sure to commemorate Welby in school and conversations about Remembrance Day. As I’ve grown older and conducted research of my own, I’ve learned more about the line of warriors Welby comes from.

Welby (B 139427) was born on June 10, 1922, on Six Nations Reserve to Thomas and Sarah Patterson. He was described as well-built and active; he played baseball, lacrosse, and hockey. Welby was also an avid hunter and worked on his family’s farm. Welby, along with many other Six Nations soldiers who enlisted in the Second World War, came from a long line of military participants. For Welby, his Father Thomas Patterson enlisted with the 114th Battalion during the First World War. Upon Welby’s enlistment, it is noted that his older brother Wesley Arnold Patterson was already overseas. Despite this known fact, I, unfortunately, know very little about Wesley’s efforts. As an adult, Welby began his career as an ironworker, working in Buffalo, New York; however, during enlistment, he was cited saying he wished to return to farming. Welby’s story is both worth celebrating and remembering solemnly. He was educated at the Mohawk Institute Residential School and only a few short years later enlisted with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s). Though Welby’s contributions are well documented, I am often reminded of the life cut short. I and I’m sure other family members wonder what life would have looked like for him upon his return home. Unfortunately, at the tender age of 22, he died in action, halting the assuredly bright future ahead of him.  His biography in the Album of Honour for Brant County: World War II 1939-1945 reads, “Cpl. Welby Lloyd Patterson, MM., son of Mr. Thomas Patterson, Ohsweken, lost his life on April 14, 1945, in Friesoythe, Germany, serving with the R.C.A.M.C., after a distinguished and gallant career as a soldier. He had been awarded the Military Medal for his heroism […]” The passage goes on to describe the actions that led to his nomination, stating, “on the night of September 9, 1944, an infantry company was among other sub-units of a Canadian infantry brigade which had successfully set a small bridgehead over the canal at Moerbrugge, Belgium. The enemy counter-attacked in great strength, and, acting on his own initiative, Cpl. Patterson worked his way through the intense mortar and machine gun fire to a position behind two stumps, where, for three hours, he fired with such coolness and devastating accuracy that the enemy was unable to effectively counter-attack the main position. The courage, initiative and complete disregard for personal safety shown by Cpl. Patterson was undoubtedly responsible for the defeat of repeated enemy thrusts at his unit’s position.” Welby is believed to be the first member of Six Nations to receive a Military Medal during the Second World War.

As a continuation to Welby’s history, it is worth quickly noting his father (as not much is known), Thomas Patterson’s (Regimental No. 739262) contributions to the First World War. Thomas was born on September 15, 1883, to Samson and Phoebe Patterson. He grew up on Six Nations Reserve and listed his occupation as a farmer. Thomas enlisted with the 114th Battalion in 1916, noting previous service with the 37th Haldimand Rifles. He was 32 on the date of enlistment and had five children with his wife Sarah; upon his return, he would have five more children. In his military file, he is noted to have been transferred to the 107th Battalion, a converted pioneering battalion that served in France and Belgium. According to Thomas’ active service forms, he spent time in England, France, and Belgium, in a presumably labour-intensive role. He was demobilized in May of 1919 and returned home to his family. Thomas died in February of 1951, at the age of 68.


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The Woodland Cultural Centre and the Save the Evidence campaign have had great success on Giving Tuesday thanks to the generous donors and repeat matching donor for 2021!

Did you know over 75 countries and 34.8 billion people participated in Giving Tuesday?

This year, Giving Tuesday will be Tuesday November 30th, and Woodland Cultural Centre is hoping that you will consider supporting the work of the Centre. This year’s campaign is targeted to help support Phase 4 of the restoration of the Mohawk Institute Residential School site at Woodland Cultural Centre.

Phase 4 will cover the final work on the site and is one of the most important aspects. Phase 4 will be the installation of the exhibits and interpretative elements that will tell the stories of the Survivors and the history of the Mohawk Institute and the residential school system. This last phase will hopefully overlap with the final physical restorations, and if all goes well, will enable the site to open to the public in late fall 2024.

The Hamilton Community Foundation has been an invaluable partner throughout the Save the Evidence campaign offering support, advice and generous donations. Once again, in partnership with the Hamilton Community Foundation, the generous matching donor from our 2020 Giving Tuesday campaign has stepped up again!

The Woodland Cultural Centre is honoured and grateful to have the support of the, Dufresne- Ray Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation, who for the second year in a row will match your donations for the day up to $5000.

The Save the Evidence is so close to realizing our goal for our final phase of the campaign.  Our hope is that through Giving Tuesday our fundraising goal can be reached and the important work of the interpretation can begin. – Janis Monture, Executive Director

Many community supporters, schools and organizations are using the month of November to raise awareness and funds to double the impact of their donation by making it on November 30th. WCC encourages all fundraisers to contact

Help us spread the word by clicking “attending” on the Facebook Event and inviting your friends!

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Museum Jobs at Woodland Cultural CentreJOB POSTING: Development Assistant (Maternity Leave)


Posting Period:  November 8 – November 22, 2021 @ 4:00p.m.

Position:             Development Assistant (Maternity Leave)

Location:            Woodland Cultural Centre

Job Status:                  Contract until June 6, 2023

Hours of Work:      37.5

Hourly Rate:      $16.50 – $18.00



Under the direction of the Development Coordinator, the Development Assistant is responsible for assisting the Development Coordinator in the implementation of several fundraising initiatives.  This position requires a highly motivated individual who is interested in gaining experience in database management, tracking of donations, development, partnership development, fundraising strategy, social media marketing, and administration.  The Development Assistant will work within the policies and procedures established by the Woodland Cultural Centre.



  • Assist in maintaining our fundraising files and databases
  • Assist with major fundraising initiatives like Orange Shirt Day and Giving Tuesday
  • Administration related to donor management, including thank you letters and website updates
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of fundraising social media and Marketing strategy
  • Supporting the roll out of third-party fundraising initiatives and programs to encourage greater support of Woodland Cultural Centre.
  • Providing support to the development team by updating tracking documents, building reports, and creating presentations.
  • Managing the development’s email inbox, responding with professionalism to all inquiries in a timely and thoughtful manner.



***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: November 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm




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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Celeigh Cardinal

“I’ve always connected with artists whose voices resonate; you can feel it in your body.  That is what I’ve always wanted to be.”

Discovery is the beauty of music. It reveals itself in layers. Such is the evolution of 2020 JUNO Award winner, Celeigh Cardinal.  Following a time-tested path from singing in church to performing in cover bands to writing original material, Cardinal has reinvented herself with each new chapter in her career. With a confident voice and boundless energy, Cardinal owns a stage, connecting deeply with her audience through humour, passion and love. Whether sweetly strumming an acoustic guitar or leading her band in a rocking rave-up, she commands our attention.  Her singing is rich and deep with a burnished maturity and a nimble technical virtuosity that wraps itself around notes with a purr, a snarl or something in the middle.  With two full-length albums completed, and a future release in the planning stages, Cardinal is poised to expand her profile which already includes awards from the 2020 Juno Awards, the 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards, multiple Edmonton Music Awards, and recently she received two nominations for the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards for Indigenous Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

“Everything I’ve ever done has put me on this path to exactly where I am right now.”

Celeigh has performed across North America and internationally, including Reeperbahn in Germany, and tours in The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.

As well as her flourishing musical career, Celeigh is the first Indigenous radio personality on Alberta’s own CKUA Radio Network, and she’s the first Indigenous member of CBC Edmonton’s Radio Arts Column, the In Crowd. Creating more opportunities for Indigenous representation in Media and Music is not only essential to Celeigh, it is her inspiration.  Celeigh strives to use the space she takes to lift up other Indigenous artists and be/have the representation she desired as a young girl, and the representation she desires for all Indigenous peoples.


Don Amero

An engaging storyteller, singer-songwriter, performer and three-time JUNO Award nominee, Amero has been tirelessly touring, performing and speaking across Canada for the last decade, earning the respect and attention of the Canadian music industry and fans alike. With the rare ability to effortlessly and genuinely connect with his audience, Amero has taken the skills he utilizes on stage and applied them to his advocacy work within Indigenous communities and beyond, including his participation as a youth mentor for the Winnipeg Jets and True North Youth Foundation’s ‘Project 11’. An avid public speaker, Amero created the ‘Music Is Medicine’ workshop, presenting the impact and power music has mentally and physically, and he now serves as the first ever advisor and Chair of the CCMA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Next up, Amero is set to host the Manitoba Country Music Association Awards, where he is also up for SIX awards himself including Male Artist of the Year.


Semiah Smith

Semiah is a singer/songwriter from Six Nations, Ontario. She began professionally singing traditional music from her Haudenosaunee heritage in her late teens in solo performances and as a member of the singing trio, Hatiyo (the good voice). At the same time, she also began writing songs in English, however had never published any of her contemporary works until her first single, ‘Nothing Can Kill My Love for You’ debuted on May 14th, 2021. Semiah continues to challenge herself in her song writing to explore the nuances of identity, love, and the growing pains of her twenties.


Aysanabee’s family is from Sandy Lake First Nation where he spent time living as a child, but later moved to rural Kaministiquia, located outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario. His grandfather taught him how to bow hunt and his brother taught him how to play the guitar. With no real reference for producing music, Aysanabee developed a unique guitar style involving string tapping, harmonics and rhythmic percussion all while singing lyrics inspired by love, loss, dreams and lived experience.



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LOGO CONTEST Vote for the Dwadwenaga:dat Language Centre offers $300 Prize

These are the final four submissions from community members for the new logo for the Dwadwenaga:dat Language Centre. (pronounced Dwad-wen-ah-ga-dot) which roughly translates to “Let’s Interpret” or more specifically “let us all interpret/orally translate between two languages”. 

Our team feels this new name is very fitting for the world we live in today as Onkwehonwe, in our attempts to preserve maintain languages and ceremonies for each of our languages in today’s modern times. We believe that each of our Onkwehonweneha (Our ways/our language) are just as important as the next. 


A $250 grand prize will be given to the winner! 


Leave a comment on our Social Media Post to cast your vote.


For questions about how to support the Dwadwenaga:dat Language Centre please contact

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Project Description:

The Mush Hole Project was an immersive, site-specific art and performance event that took place at the Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford) September 16, 17 and 18, 2016. This collaborative project aimed to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and to preserve, query, and reveal the complex personal, political, and public narratives around Canada’s residential school system, in general, and the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School, in particular.

Now 5 years later, the Mush Hole Project is offering an open call for Indigenous artists to reflect on the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action and if reconciliation is really happening in Canada in the year 2021.

This project aims to raise the public profile of residential schools and their ongoing devastating impact through a cross-cultural artistic lens that will be showcased digitally to a national audience as a 3-day virtual stream. This project has been funded through the Canada Council for the Art’s Digital Now Fund.

Selection Process:

We are embracing works from a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, fine art, art installations, film and media, sound art, performance art, dance and theatrical or musical performances. We are looking for a variety of works utilizing different media or disciplines that will address our selected themes. We will give preference to works that specifically animate, or draw upon, some aspect of the former school’s building or grounds. We are requesting that artist write, narrate, illustrate a short essay/prose (500-750 words) reflecting on their process. This submission will be archived for publication.


Submissions may be received electronically

If selected, artists will receive an artist fee in the amount of $1102 which includes the short essay/prose.

In addition, artists will receive funding for content creation [materials or shipping] which is capped at $530. Artists are responsible for the packaging and organizing of shipping requirements. Artists will also be responsible for the technical operation of any devices required. If an artist requires additional funding, we encourage you to apply to Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant.

All components of the project must be prepared for the installation window between June 1 to June 15, 2022. Selected artists will be contacted to confirm the schedule.

Dates and Deadlines

Entry Deadline November 24 Notification Date December 6 Installation Window: June 1 – 15, 2022

Please contact the 24 Hour Residential School Crisis Line at 1- 866-925-4419 if you require emotional support.