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Job Opportunity: Arts Programming Associate


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Arts Programming Associate Job Description Details:


The Woodland Cultural Centre (WCC) is currently seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual to join our arts team in the position of Arts Programming Associate. Reporting to the Curator, the Arts Programming Associate will be responsible for the development and delivery of multi-disciplinary programmes, workshops, and events for diverse audiences. Weekend work and some evenings are a requirement for this position, as is travel and research.


  • Assist the Curator with research, development and implementation of multi-disciplinary arts programming inclusive of dance, theatre, film, music inclusive of: performances, events, workshops and exhibitions to engage diverse audiences in museum-related programming
  • Develop outcomes and evaluate programming activities to ensure goals and objectives are being met
  • Assist with the development and distribution of marketing materials as related to programming
  • Monitor and manage summer/co-op students within the Arts Department and assigning tasks for programming as required
  • Plan/Oversee/Attend artistic events when requested
  • Follow Woodland Personnel, Museum and Exhibition Policies and Procedures
  • Interact with the public in a professional and courteous manner
  • Liaison with artists and arts community maintaining regular contact with programmes stakeholders, both internal and external for the purposes of collaboration and promotion
  • Generate artist contracts and letters of agreement
  • Conduct day-to-day office administration inclusive of program booking, invoicing, payment processing, correspondence, maintain records and statistical data for reports as required
  • Share an interest in contemporary and traditional Indigenous visual and performing arts
  • Assist with Visitor Services and other Museum-related duties as assigned by the Curator


  • Keen interest in contemporary and traditional Indigenous multi-disciplinary and visual arts
  • College Diploma in Creative Arts, Arts Administration or Bachelor’s Degree in Visual and/or Performing Arts or equivalent certification in administrative or creative field
  • 3-5 years’ work experience within event planning, program development and delivery, arts administration, museum experience considered an asset
  • Natural curiosity and enthusiasm to share
  • Knowledge of computer software and various programs (Windows Office Suite and Adobe Photoshop)
  • Photography skills including ability to use a DSLR camera
  • Excellent organizational skills and quick to learn in an office environment
  • Effective verbal and listening communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills and completion of assigned projects
  • Ability to work as a team player as well as independently
  • Knowledge of Indigenous language with ties to the traditional community would be considered an asset
  • Valid driver’s license considered an asset
  • Applicants must have a clean criminal record and vulnerable sector check prior to employment

All applicants for this position shall submit a cover letter, a resume, and three references by 2 pm, Friday May 1, 2020 to:

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON N3S 2X2

(519) 759-2650

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


Download Full Job Description Here


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Summer Employment Opportunity: Library Assistant (Deadline Extension) – Position Open Immediately


Under the direction of the Librarian, assumes responsibility for the unpacking and organizing of the library, cataloguing and processing materials related to the history, language, artistic practices and teachings of the Haudenosaunee culture and other First Nations of North America.


Job Duties:

The Library Assistant is responsible for working within the strategic operations of the Woodland Cultural Centre Research Library.  This includes:

  • Program Administrative
    • Attend staff meetings 
  • Program Delivery 
    • Assist with unpacking and organizing library materials from storage 
    • Catalogue library materials on the WCC online catalogue 
    • Process library materials for public access 
  • Networking, partnerships, collaboration
    • Work with other WCC departments, researchers, and Residential School Survivors



  • Possess knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people, their culture, history and traditions, especially in Ontario 
  • Possess knowledge of group safety and dynamics
  • Possess knowledge of the WCC’s mandate, programs, services and resources  


Physical Requirements:

  • The Library Assistant position is heavy in office work, however there are times when heavy lifting is required. This would be in the range of boxes of books that would be 25lbs or less. 

Download Full Job Description Here


Applicants must qualify for GREAT summer student funding to be qualified for the position.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants shall submit a cover letter, resume, and two references by to: 

Administrative Assistant

Woodland Cultural Centre 

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford ON N3S 2X2

519 759-2650

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Summer Employment Opportunity: Maintenance Assistant


Job Duties 

  • Routine detail cleaning of museum building: museum, gallery spaces, meeting rooms, offices, kitchen and washroom especially on weekend shifts
  • Maintenance of grounds includes weed eating, leaf blowing, power wash etc.
  • Some heavy lifting and moving 
  • Set up and take down for facility rentals and tours 


Job Responsibilities:

  • Ability to take direction as required 
  • Self-starter working with minimal supervision
  • Organized with attention to detail 
  • Willing to work within a public environment 



  • Be able to communicate effectively 
  • Attention to detail, professionalism, confidentiality, strong communication & interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to multitask and is solution oriented 
  • Excellent organizational skills


Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift chairs, boxes and other moderately weighted objects
  • Must be able to carry boxes up and down flights of stairs 
  • Indoor and outdoor physical labour 

Download Full Job Description Here

Applicants must qualify for GREAT summer student funding to be qualified for the position.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants shall submit a cover letter, resume, and two references to: 

Administrative Assistant

Woodland Cultural Centre 

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford ON N3S 2X2

519 759-2650

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Summer Employment Opportunity: Arts Programming Assistant




The Woodland Culture Centre offers an opportunity for an individual to assist in various artistic programming initiatives. This position requires a highly motivated student who is interested in working within the public arts sector, assisting with exhibitions and special events offered at the museum. Particular emphasis will be placed on arts program planning, including preparation for exhibitions and special events at the Woodland Cultural Centre.


Job Duties:

  • Collection care and handling of art 
  • Assist with maintaining exhibition areas 
  • Attend any/all relevant training sessions
  • Basic administration duties as required 
  • Research as it relates to arts collection
  • Any other museum duties as they arise 



  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Computer literate 
  • Interest in the contemporary arts, arts administration, museum studies, heritage, history, culture, tourism and/or education
  • Self-motivated, highly independent, and organizational skills a must 
  • Demonstrated research skill 
  • Knowledge of a Haudenosaunee language an asset


Physical Requirements:

The Arts Programming Assistant position will be heavy in office work, however, there will be times when the Assistant will need to assist in gallery preparation and event set-up. 

Download Full Job Description Here


Applicants must qualify for GREAT summer student funding to be qualified for the position.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants shall submit a cover letter, resume, and two references to 

Administrative Assistant

Woodland Cultural Centre 

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford ON N3S 2X2

519 759-2650

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Summer Employment Opportunity: Marketing & Photography Assistant




The Woodland Cultural Centre is seeking a student to assist in Marketing, and to help create visual support materials for a number of different projects and events. This position requires a highly motivated and self-directed individual who is interested in gaining experience in marketing, the creation of visual support materials, social media marketing, basic administration, and in expanding their photography portfolio. This position is supervised by the Marketing Coordinator.

Job Duties:

  • Attend all Woodland events and provide photography
  • Take photos of all Education activities and programming to expand our online presence
  • Help increase Woodland stock photography
  • Assist the Marketing Coordinator with other duties, including administrative duties, the creation of marketing materials, and the creation and implementation of online and social media content
  • Assist in the implementation of the Marketing Event Campaign
  • Occasional front desk reception, welcoming guests as they come in and using the POS
  • Promote a positive image of Woodland Cultural Centre to the community and the public
  • Assist in the documentation of Survivor Interviews, Audios and Videos



  • Good organizational skills, and willingness to learn in an office environment
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Time management skills, and completion of assigned projects
  • Able to work as a team as well as independently
  • Knowledge and experience in photography
  • Knowledge of relevant computer software (Adobe Spark, Elements, and Microsoft Office)
  • Artistic skills and creativity

Download Full Job Description Here.

Applicants must qualify for GREAT summer student funding to be qualified for the position.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants shall submit a cover letter, resume, and two references by 4 pm Friday May 1, 2020 to: 

Administrative Assistant

Woodland Cultural Centre 

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford ON N3S 2X2

519 759-2650

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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


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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.