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The Woodland Cultural Centre is now accepting orders of Orange Shirts for Orange Shirt Day 2020.

 

Orange Shirt Day occurs on September 30th each year. It is a time for us to be mindful of the experiences of those who attended residential schools in Canada, and to acknowledge the resiliency of Survivors of the residential school system. Orange Shirt Day originated in British Columbia in recognition of a residential school Survivor whose grandmother had purchased a new orange shirt for them to wear on their first day of school; upon admission, that shirt was taken away and the Survivor never saw it again. The Orange Shirt has since been adopted as a visual representation of the things which our communities have endured throughout the legacy of residential schools and are a recognizable way for us to show our support for Survivors in their healing journeys.

For the fourth year, the Woodland Cultural Centre is selling Orange T-shirts, which can be ordered by students or staff for purchase ahead of the September 30th date. We are offering these t-shirts to classes ahead of the summer holidays so that classes can avoid the September rush.

 

T-Shirts are available in Youth Sizes Small-XL, and Adult Sizes Small-3XL. All sizes are unisex. The cost per t-shirt is $20.00, with available methods of payment being cash, debit/credit and cheque.

Orders are due Thursday, May the 7th.

 

Organizers for each school order will be contacted to inform them when shirts are available to be picked up, expected the first week of June. Delivery may be available for schools outside of the Brantford/Brant County/Six Nations/New Credit area for a fee and by special arrangement only.

All proceeds from the sale of these shirts go towards supporting the Save the Evidence campaign, which aims to repair and restore the former Mohawk Institute Residential School for use as an interpretive historic site. As one of only a handful of former residential school buildings still standing in Canada, and one of only two in Ontario, the site will be incorporated into Woodland Cultural Centre’s one-of-a-kind educational experience and stand testimony to continued Indigenous Resilience.

Download Order Forms for Schools

Download Order Forms for Organizations

 

Also coming this year is a limited supply of Orange Shirt Day Hoodies. Stay Plugged into our Facebook Page for more details.

 

 

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From the Hands of our Ancestors: The Art of Corn husk has brought the ancient connection between the Haudenosaunee people and corn to life for all to see.

“Corn husk is something that is natural and comes from the earth. It becomes medicinal when working with corn husk and brings a sense of peace when working with it. Working with corn husk also brings people together where language, culture, and history is passed on orally. That being said, working with corn husk is not only a revitalization of weaving, however it brings our culture alive in its truest form.” – Frazer Sundown

Frazer Sundown and Elizabeth Doxtater show the diverse uses, and the beauty of Corn husk.

Playing in the exhibition is Sundown’s recorded workshop with demonstrations of Corn husk twining and stories about the art.

According to Doxtater, the cornhusk doll goes back to the time of Creation when corn was first given to the Haudenosaunee people.

If the character is sad or happy they can picture that emotion on the dolls face,” she said. “The cornhusk doll was created to entertain the children and to help the parents teach them values.”

The cornhusk doll is also intentionally faceless to remind the people to stay humble and not become consumed with their external appearance. It also would inspire children to use their imagination when playing with the dolls.

Every piece in this collection tells a story, and holds a special energy that you can’t help but feel when you walk through the Gallery.

Watch a clip of the filmed Workshop of Cornhusk Twining with Frazer Sundown

 

 

FINAL DAY: February 15, 2020

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Request for Proposals!

Strategic Planner

 

Application Deadline: February 14, 2020 at 4 PM.

DOWNLOAD FULL RFP HERE

Background:

The Woodland Cultural Centre is a First Nations educational and cultural centre. It was established in 1972 to protect, promote, interpret, and present the history, language, intellect and cultural heritage of the Anishinaabe and Ongwehon:weh. This mandate is from our member Nations; Wahta Mohawks, Six Nations of the Grand River, and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

Further, the Mohawk Institute Residential School, as part of the Woodland Cultural Centre, is one of only a handful of Residential Schools left still standing in Canada. Through the Save the Evidence fundraising campaign, the impact of this site will service the professional arts and cultural heritage sector, along with the 15,000 visitors the site sees each year.

With this major site transformation, change in context and operations, and growing collections, exhibitions and educational programs, it is time to re-examine the Woodland Cultural Centre missions, mandate, goals/objectives and priorities through a five-year visioning lens.

Our intention is to draft a Five-Year Strategic Plan which clearly maps a path into the future for the major assets of the Centre.

Objectives of the Consultancy:

The objective of this consultancy is to manage the process of creating an effective strategic plan to guide the vision and strategic priorities of the Woodland Cultural Centre.

Tasks and Duties of the Consultant:

Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, Executive Director:

  1. Review thoroughly the history, vision, mission, and recent work of the Woodland Cultural Centre to date, including meetings with relevant staff/board members, and all documents and marketing materials produced to date.
  2. Through an exercise of soliciting input from stakeholders including through individual and board meetings, leading focus groups, and facilitating a SWOT analysis, identifying priorities, gaps, needs, and actions for the Woodland Cultural Centre to meet its mission and goals.
  3. Meet with Administrative staff (including Executive Director and Finance) to assess current revenues and operational needs, in order to collect financial data to incorporate into the final report.
  4. Prepare a strategy based on the information collected, including specific approaches, indicators, and evaluation, including a plan for funding the Woodland Cultural Centre.
  5. Present the draft strategy in a board meeting to solicit input and feedback to improve the strategy, including key strategic objectives, operation approaches, funding models, and high-level indicators for success.
  6. Based on the input and consultation from this meeting, prepare a revised and final copy of the 5 Year Strategic Plan, including financial projections for 2020-2025.

The consultancy work will include the following specific tasks:

  • Consulting meetings with Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Staff
  • Hold SWOT meetings with appointed committees
  • Hold consultation sessions with support communities
  • Meet with any Woodland Cultural Centre committees, such as the Save the Evidence Advisory Committee
  • Organization of the consultation workshop with board members
  • Organization of the final validation meeting and endorsement of the final strategic plan
  • Review, discuss and complete the final report ready for approval and distribution.

Tangible and Measurable Deliverables of the Work Assignment:

Performing the above-mentioned activities, the consultant will be responsible for the delivery of the following outputs. The consultant must provide eight (8) paper copies and a digital copy for all reports to be presented to the Board.

  • Formalize a work plan for the work to be undertaken, including timelines
  • Interim report presented to the Board summarizing:
    • The results and status of the work accomplished to date, and the problem areas that need to be addressed.
    • A detailed summary of the process through which the goals were organized into short- and long-term goals, how the goals were prioritized, and a 5-year draft action plan.
    • Updated timeline and work plan for the remainder of the contract
  • Final Report of the 5-year Strategic Plan agreed upon in the final validation meeting.

Supervision of the work:

The consultant will work under the direct and overall supervision of the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Roles & Responsibilities

The WCC Board is responsible to:

  • Approve the Request for Proposals-Terms of Reference, and award the contract
  • Be available to meet with the facilitator/consultant
  • Review and discuss and as necessary direct revisions to the draft Report(s)
  • Signify approval of the Final Report via a Board Motion

Proposal Structure

The applicants shall provide eight (8) copies of their proposal that shall include the following details:

  • Background and experience in working with First Nations communities/organizations in the area of Strategic Planning
  • Client References including contact information.
  • Project Methodology (include detailed work plan).
  • Proposed Report Framework (components).
  • Proposed Timeframe for Project (express in terms of consecutive weeks required from the time the contract is awarded).
  • Total Project Cost (including detailed outline of fees and disbursements as per work plan (e.g. be sure to include proposed number and type of meetings and cost per meetings)
  • Proposed payment schedule (The consultant shall not be paid more than 90% of the agreed fees and disbursements until the Final Report has been reviewed and approved by the Board.)

Proposal Selection:

The WCC Board may award a contract based on the criteria laid out below:

  • Experience with First Nations and satisfactory performance on similar projects
  • Proposed Schedule for Project
  • Project Methodology
  • Schedule of Fees and Total Estimated Project CostPresentation
  • References
  • Priority will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage

Consultancy Requirements:

  • Minimum of 5-10 years of experience working with First Nation communities/organizations in the areas of strategic planning, organizational and change management.
  • Experience of working with non-profit and charitable organizations an advantage
  • Proven excellent communication and facilitation skills
  • Highly motivated and committed to the values of transparency and integrity
  • Knowledge of Indigenous culture and Residential Schools is an advantage.

Copyright and Project Documents:

The information, both written and intellectual, produced in this project is considered to be the property of the WCC, and the Consultant shall not use any documents or information that result from this project without the written permission of the WCC. Further, the Consultant shall treat all information that results from this study, both written and verbal, in strict confidence.

Privilege Clauses:

The WCC may at its sole discretion, reject or retain for its consideration proposals that are non-conforming because they do not contain the content or form required.

Notwithstanding any other provision in the Request for Proposals or practice or custom in the industry, the WCC Board shall have the right to:

  • Accept any Proposal
  • Reject any Proposal
  • Reject all Proposals
  • Accept a Proposal which is not the lowest bid

Any person who submits a Proposal shall be deemed to have agreed to the restrictions in the Request for Proposal documents, including the privilege clauses.

 

Interested candidates should send their complete proposal with CV and three references
by February 14, 2020 at 4 PM to:

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

(519) 759-2650
administration@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Priority will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage.

 

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Join our Team!

New Deadline for Applications: January 27th @ 4PM.

Executive Director

Under the guidance of the Woodland Cultural Centre Board of Directors, the Executive Director guides the strategic vision, mandate, mission and goals of the organization. As a local and national leader, the Executive Director will perform a wide range of complex management activities related to financial, governance, human resource management, community engagement, programme development, marketing/branding, advocacy and fundraising from both the public and private sectors.

The Executive Director will engage in a process of strategic planning and implementation in support of the mission, vision, mandate and goals of the Centre, and will ensure the Centre retains its leadership in all areas related to its Constitution.

The Executive Director will be visionary in fundraising, community engagement, and policy frameworks which will enable the Centre to achieve sustainability and leadership within a non-profit, charitable operational structure, while ensuring responsiveness to its primary stakeholder communities, partners and funders.

The Executive Director will lead the Centre into the important next phase of its history, building upon the foundational achievements of the past 47 years.

Overview of Responsibilities:

The Executive Director is responsible for the strategic operations of the WCC. This includes the day-to-day operations of the Museum/Gallery, the Mohawk Institute Historic Site, the Library/Archives, the Language programme and all other associated activities.

1) To work with the Centre’s Board of Directors to ensure a dynamic, forward-looking, vision, mission and goals for the Centre.
2) To create a progressive operational/management infrastructure in financial and human resource management, programme development, community engagement, marketing, education, collection management, museum and gallery exhibitions, historic site management, language resources and library and archives to operationalize the Centre’s strategic vision.
3) To advocate and fundraise with the public, private and corporate sectors with a view towards sustainability and growth of the Centre’s strategic goals.
4) To ensure responsibility and responsiveness to community stakeholders.
5) To ensure strategic short, medium and long term planning and financial supports.
6) To manage, motivate and develop a highly effective staff and volunteer team.
7) To develop and implement robust marketing, media and social media strategies to support the Centre’s activities and aspirations.
8) To demonstrate leadership within the Centre, locally and nationally on issues related to WCC mission.

Qualifications:

The Executive Director shall have:

1) Respect, have knowledge and sensitivity to Indigenous Ontario and beyond; its culture, heritage, traditions, histories, aspirations, and protocols, and Woodland Cultural Centre goals and objectives.
2) Proven senior management leadership expertise developed over 5 years of experience and relevant academic qualifications such as Business Administration/Cultural Management and/or other related education.
3) A track record of strategic planning with achievable and proven results.
4) Progressive expertise in fundraising from the public, private and corporate sectors.
5) Demonstrated and innovative approaches to financial and resource management.
6) The ability to communicate effectively to a range of stakeholders both verbally and in written form.
7) Recognized success in overseeing the development of innovative educational frameworks.
8) Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills and the ability to facilitate a positive work environment that supports staff development and success.

 

DOWNLOAD FULL JOB DESCRIPTION HERE

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.

 

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

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

(519) 759-2650
administration@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

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

 

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Join our team!

Librarian

The Woodland Cultural Centre is currently seeking to train a new Librarian, to take over when our current Librarian retires in fall 2020. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Librarian assumes the responsibility for acquiring, organizing, managing and distributing library resources, and ensuring that library provision meets the needs of all its users. Please note this is a mentored position, with the new Librarian assuming all roles and responsibilities by fall 2020.

Duties Include
• selecting, developing, cataloguing and classifying library resources
• answering readers’ enquiries
• using library systems and specialist computer applications
• recruiting and managing summer students and volunteers
• liaising with Woodland Cultural Centre staff, external organisations and suppliers
• ensuring that library services meet the needs of particular groups of users (e.g. staff, postgraduate students, disabled users)
• managing budgets and resources
• supporting independent research and learning
• developing IT facilities
• assist readers to use computer equipment, conduct literature searches etc.
• prepares narrative reports with statistical data for board reports and annual reports
• maintains website information about the library and provides book reviews
• must be able to travel as required

Qualifications
• selecting, developing, cataloguing and classifying library resources
• answering readers’ enquiries
• using library systems and specialist computer applications
• recruiting and managing summer students and volunteers
• liaising with Woodland Cultural Centre staff, external organisations and suppliers
• ensuring that library services meet the needs of particular groups of users (e.g. staff, postgraduate students, disabled users)
• managing budgets and resources
• supporting independent research and learning
• developing IT facilities
• assist readers to use computer equipment, conduct literature searches etc.
• prepares narrative reports with statistical data for board reports and annual reports
• maintains website information about the library and provides book reviews
• must be able to travel as required

 

DOWNLOAD FULL JOB DESCRIPTION HERE

 

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage.

All applicants for this position should submit a cover letter, a current resume, and three references by 4 pm Tuesday January 21st, 2020 to:

Attn: Virve Wiland, Librarian
Woodland Cultural Centre
184 Mohawk Street
Brantford, ON N3S 2X2
library@woodlandculturalcentre.ca
(519) 759-2650

 

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

 

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Free Screening & Director Talk “Her Water Drum” by Jonathan Elliot

On January 15th, Friends & Neighbours of Save the Evidence will continue their popular lecture series with a Free Film Screening of “Her Water Drum” with a talk with the Indigenous Director, Jonathan Elliot.

What’s the film about?

In the wake of her daughter’s disappearance, Jolene, a single Mohawk mother, is forced to pick up the pieces of her life and navigate an increasingly strenuous relationship with her troubled son David. As secrets emerge, their relationship faces its toughest challenge yet as they confront the reality of their situation. This film deals with the topic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada, highlighting the impact it has on individual families and their communities.

The issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is one that has widespread effects across Turtle Island. Too many of our people have suffered from the loss of their loved ones and we need to continually do our part in honouring all those affected. This film was my attempt to show how the loved ones of these women who have been murdered and gone missing are left to deal with the fallout of these tragic events. By showing a family in the wake of this terrible situation, I wanted to show the strength and resiliency of Indigenous families and how our people overcome and persevere through difficult times by coming together and supporting each other.” – Jonathan Elliot

About the Director:

JONATHAN ELLIOTT is a Tuscarora filmmaker from the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. Since attending York University’s Film Production program, he has worked as a director and cinematographer on a variety of projects, including: Along the Water’s Edge (Taking it Global funded film) Even in the Silence (Voices with Impact funded short film, entirely in the Mohawk language), Taken Home (Toronto Arts Council funded film), Her Water Drum (imagineNATIVE commissioned film), Wild Archaeology (APTN TV series), This Wild Season (imagineNATIVE 2017 film festival), and Blood Child (Blood in the Snow film festival).

Jonathan’s award-winning work has been nationally broadcast on TV and screened at various film festivals internationally in New Zealand, Italy, Germany, London, the United States and Canada. Some of these festivals include: imagineNATIVE, LA Skins Festival, Red Nation International Film Festival, Maoriland Film Festival, Art With Impact, etc. His body of work focuses on telling contemporary Indigenous stories that explores individuals complex relationships to their cultural identity, families and communities.

Jonathan was the 2018 artist-in-residence for the imagineNATIVE/CSV development program. He was selected as one of the Emerging 20 artists at the 2018 Reel World Film Festival and has been the recipient of grants through the Toronto Arts Council, imagineNATIVE, Taking it Global and Art With Impact to produce his work.

Currently, Jonathan is in development on several projects, including his first feature film.

 

This Free event is hosted by Friends & Neighbours of Save the Evidence

Wednesday January 15th, 7PM
Brantford Laurier Campus,
150 Dalhousie St
Research & Academic Center
Room RCW 002

Join the Discussion on Facebook Here

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Welcome to 2020 at Woodland Cultural Centre!

The Centre will be open again on Monday, January 6th and the first half of 2020 is going to be very exciting. Make sure to save the dates for these unique and thought provoking collections. Here is a quick glance at the first half of the year’s exhibition schedule.

Current Exhibition:

From the Hands of our Ancestors: The Art of Cornhusk

January 6 2020 – Feb 15, 2020

This exhibition is an acknowledgement and honouring of cornhusk, one of the most important and ancient materials used by the Haudenosaunne. Read the Full Article Here

Exhibiting artwork made from corn husk as well as sharing the versatility of the corn plant.

“Cornhusk protects.  It has protected the integrity of the corn seed on each cob, on every stalk in every field, every year, for too many years to count.  Corn is still gathered, and the husk is still braided for storing the same way that it has been for several years over many generations.  The husk that has and continues to protect the integrity of each kernel of corn is now used to protect the stories.”  – Elizabeth Doxtater

Elizabeth Doxtater is one of the featured artists in this Exhibit alongside Frazer Sundown.

“Corn husk is something that is natural and comes from the earth. It becomes medicinal when working with corn husk and brings a sense of peace when working with it. Working with corn husk also brings people together where language, culture, and history is passed on orally. That being said, working with corn husk is not only a revitalization of weaving, however it brings our culture alive in its truest form.” – Frazer Sundown

This exhibition will be on display in the Tom Hill and Judy Harris galleries of the Woodland Cultural Centre from December 7.2019 – February 15 2020.

All support community members receive FREE admission to the museum including: Six Nations of the Grand River, Tyendinaga & Wahta

 

 

Exhibit Dates:

Dec 7 – Feb 15th

184 Mohawk St, Brantford ON


Upcoming Exhibitions:

Quilt of Belonging:

Feb 29, 2020 – May 9, 2020

A richly hued portrait of the human family, Quilt of Belonging is a 120 ft long collaborative textile art project. The 263 blocks portray the rich cultural legacies of all the First Peoples in Canada and every nation of the world.

Over 3 million visitors have seen the Quilt and the artwork is also used in a variety of projects and education programs creating an impact nationally and around the world.

Quilt of Belonging was begun in the fall of 1998 by artist Esther Bryan. In 1995 she went on a life-changing journey to Slovakia with her parents to find the family and home her father had left behind 43 years earlier. The dream of making this artwork was born as she recognized that everyone has a story to tell, each culture has a unique beauty and that the experiences and values of our past inform who we are today. In this textile mosaic, each person can experience a sense of belonging and find a place in the overall design – there is “A Place for All”. Together they record human history in textile, illustrating the beauty, complexity and sheer size of the human story.

This monumental artwork, Canada’s most comprehensive textile art project, is the work of volunteers from Victoria to Newfoundland to the Arctic Circle. From across Canada, participants were invited to contribute their talents and ideas, reflected through the prism of their cultural backgrounds. The range of materials is astonishing, from sealskin to African mud-cloth, from embroidered silk to gossamer wings of butterflies.

Units on the project are in school textbooks across Canada in both official languages. This work of art is creating an impact as it is used in a variety of projects and educational programs nationally and around the world. Free educational resources are available online for Teachers.

Check Teacher Resources Online


Indigenous Art 2020

May 23, 2020 – August 14th 2020

As a leader in the field of Indigenous artist endeavors and cultural programming, the Woodland Cultural Centre has been presenting this Annual Indigenous Art exhibit since 1975. It is one of the longest running annual exhibits that provide established and emerging Indigenous artists an excellent opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a fine art gallery.

The dynamic contemporary pieces communicate a unique and powerful Indigenous voice. Year after year the incredible work creates emotion and conversation, and we are excited for this upcoming 2020 collection.

Submissions opening soon. Keep an eye on our Social Media and Email Newsletter for the Call for Artists.

 

View FULL CALENDAR of Events and Exhibits

To learn about other upcoming workshops and events, contact Jessie Hill at frontdesk@woodlandculturalcentre.ca or visit our events page here: wcc.events

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Happy Holidays from all of us here at Woodland Cultural Centre

We hope all of you have a safe and joyous Holiday Season! Please remember that we are closed her at the Centre from Dec 21st – Jan 5th. If you’re looking for a last minute gift that is more than just another box of chocolates or a gift card, stop by our Museum and see the various gift packages we have available for sale. Larger selection of products available for purchase on site.

 

Gifts under $40 that support the “Save the Evidence” Campaign

 

Why not give a gift that has a deeper meaning and impact? All of the proceeds from our Online Store go towards the Save the Evidence Campaign. We have something for everyone, young and old. Knowing that your gift is going to help to preserve an important part of history, make both the Giver and the Receiver feel good about their presents!

Gift a Brick

The Gift a Brick initiative is a great way to share the Save the Evidence with many of your loved ones this year.

For just $5 you can sign your loved ones name on the replica brick and allow others to be a part of the Save the Evidence campaign. We encourage you to tell the story of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, and your Gift not only saves a brick out of the 400,000 Brick project, but also helps us spread awareness about the project. Read More about the Gift a Brick Campaign

Stop into the Museum before December 20th to pick up your Brick Certificate or email us for the printable download if you donate ONLINE at CanadaHelps.

$5

 


 

Save the Evidence T-Shirts (Black or White)

One of our favourite items this year is our Save the Evidence Shirts with the Mohawk Institute Building on the front. These shirts now are available in white and black, and are a great way to spread awareness about the significance of the project! Where your support proudly and you’ll be shocked at how many people ask you “What is Save the Evidence?”

These shirts make the perfect gift for teachers, coworkers, friends and family.

Currently only available in adult sizes.

$25

 


Fatty Legs: A True Story

This book is an interesting story of an Inuit girl who wanted to learn to read. This incredible story has been wildly honoured in the Childrens’ book world. It documents the young girl’s experience at a Residential School and shares the true story of what many Indigenous children experienced during that time.

Fatty Legs made the Globe and Mail’s Ten Best Children’s Books of the Year in 2010 and was named a finalist for the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, part of the BC Book Prize awards. 

This book is a grade 4+ reading level.

A great gift idea for someone younger, or even a teacher who teaches at that Grade level for their classroom.

$22


A Stranger at Home: Sequel to the Powerful Memoir Fatty Legs

The sequel to the award-winning Fatty Legs, A Stranger at Home continues the story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, who again works with her daughter-in-law, Christy Jordon-Fenton, to tell her tale. This part of the story tells about the young girl’s return home and the struggles of going back to her family and community after her experience at the Residential School. Her own mother does not recognize her. It’s a

A Stranger at Home book is a grade 4+ reading level.

The perfect combination with Fatty Legs.

$22


Residential School: A Children’s History

Residential Schools: With the Words and Images of Survivors, A National History EPUB honours the Survivors of residential schools.  A finalist for the Norma Fleck award, this book offers a first-person perspective of the residential school system in Canada, as it shares the memories of more than 70 survivors from across Canada, as well as 125 archival and contemporary images (65 black & white photographs, 51 colour, some never before published).

The detailed, full colour map showing residential schools, timeline with key dates, glossary, and a helpful index (including names of survivors and schools) make this vital resource a must-have for students at both a secondary and post-secondary level, libraries, and the general reader looking for more information about Residential Schools.

Residential School: A Children’s History is recommended for secondary and post secondary reading levels

$35

 

All of these Gift Ideas support the Save the Evidence Campaign directly and can be purchased at our Front Desk or also online!

Visit our Online Store Here

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This exhibition is an acknowledgement and honouring of cornhusk, one of the most important and ancient materials used by the Haudenosaunne.

Exhibiting artwork made from corn husk as well as sharing the versatility of the corn plant.

“Cornhusk protects.  It has protected the integrity of the corn seed on each cob, on every stalk in every field, every year, for too many years to count.  Corn is still gathered, and the husk is still braided for storing the same way that it has been for several years over many generations.  The husk that has and continues to protect the integrity of each kernel of corn is now used to protect the stories.”  – Elizabeth Doxtater

Elizabeth Doxtater is one of the featured artists in this Exhibit alongside Frazer Sundown.

Born and raised on the Six Nations /Grand River Territory Elizabeth is a multi-media artist who explores and celebrates our history & stories through many mediums.  She paints, does beadwork, and works with cornhusk.

For Elizabeth, working with cornhusk is like reaching back in time and working with the same material that our ancient ancestors worked with.  

Elizabeth is the author of the books Dreamfast (2018) and Art of Peace (2016.)  Most recently Elizabeth was commissioned by the Ontario College of Teachers to represent the four ethical standards of the teaching practice: Care, Integrity, Respect and Trust.  Elizabeth and her family run a small gallery and shop in Ohsweken, called Everything Cornhusk

We are grateful that Elizabeth is keeping this art form alive to pass on to the next generations. Frazer Sundown acknolwedges Elizabeth as one of his inspirations in his own journey.

“I’m just honoured to be a part of something that celebrates our stories in a really traditional manner. My understanding is that cornhusk is a protector, since the time of creation it’s protected every kernel on every corn field, since that time and it continues to do that. What I try to do, is use that cornhusk to try and protect the stories,” – Elizabeth Doxtater

Frazer Sundown comes from the Oneida Nation of the Turtle Clan and has been working and creating with corn husk for over a decade.  He started by braiding corn husks for ceremonial purposes as a helper for the people of his communities. Frazer was first taught by his father, Sheldon Sundown, who taught him the technique of weaving.

He was taught how to twine corn husk by Jamie Jacobs of the Tonawanda Reservation. This is the community where Frazer grew up and gained a vast amount of knowledge of culture including singing. Today Frazer resides in London, Ontario, where he creates many objects and artworks made of corn husk. 

“Corn husk is something that is natural and comes from the earth. It becomes medicinal when working with corn husk and brings a sense of peace when working with it. Working with corn husk also brings people together where language, culture, and history is passed on orally. That being said, working with corn husk is not only a revitalization of weaving, however it brings our culture alive in its truest form.” – Frazer Sundown

This exhibition will be on display in the Tom Hill and Judy Harris galleries of the Woodland Cultural Centre from December 7.2019 – February 15 2020.

All support community members receive FREE admission to the museum including: Six Nations of the Grand River, Tyendinaga & Wahta

Throughout the exhibit you will see many stories shared through the Art of Cornhusk. The Creation story and the Peacemaker’s Journey are two stunning dioramas created by Doxtater. These are two very significant stories that have been told for many many years. We invite all educators, students, and community members out to learn these stories through such a beautiful art form.

We hope to see the surrounding communities out to share the history from the Hands of our Ancestors, and experience the stories held within this beautiful art work.

 

Exhibit Dates:

Dec 7 – Feb 15th

184 Mohawk St, Brantford ON

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Every Single Brick Has a Story.

The picture on the left is Geronimo Henry’s brick. Geronimo is a Survivor who attended the Mohawk Institute from the age of 5 to 16 and will be this month’s speaker at the Survivor Series Monday December 16 at 10am (more details on our events calendar).
He has spoke at over 100 schools about his experiences in Residential Schools, to allow everyone to truly understand the trauma the Indigenous children experienced for over 150 years.
A few days ago, he took one of our staff on a Brick Tour around the former Mohawk Institute and shared stories from the bricks. He managed to find a few of his friends’ names.
“A lot of the names on these bricks have passed away now, but it’s like they are still here” Geronimo said as he put his hand on the brick.
The masonry work to preserve the original bricks, where so many Survivors have left their names and numbers and messages, will require approximately 400,000 bricks be restored at around $5 a Brick.
This year on #GivingTuesdayCA, which is a global movement to “Do Good” following Black Friday and Cyber Monday… we are asking for your support.
The Save the Evidence Team has set a goal to save 1000 Bricks, in one day, and kick the Season of Giving the right way.

*** LISTEN TO THIS: An anonymous donor has agreed to match all donations made on Tuesday December 3, 2019 which is #GivingTuesdayCA for up to $5000 ***

 

We thank you for your support in this very important project. 

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With Gratitude, 

The Woodland Cultural Centre Team

184 Mohawk St, Brantford ON
519-759-2650