Registration is Officially Open for Orange Shirt Day 2021 Virtual Programming!
Our team at Woodland Cultural Centre has been working hard to organize virtual programming for all grades this year as well as the public at home. We wanted to provide some new and exciting programs as a way to show our appreciation to our community for the overwhelming support you have shown us over the past couple of months.
Programs are being offered from September 20 – September 30, 2021, with 2 time slots available per day!
Orange Shirt Day 2021 Virtual Programming and Events:
Thanksgiving Address: Ages 5-13, 1 Hour
This workshop will endeavour to pass on the knowledge of the importance of embodying the teachings from The Thanksgiving Address in our daily lives.
Virtual Tour of the Former Mohawk Institute Residential School: Grade 6+, 1.5 Hours
The virtual tour will guide you through the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School, giving the history of the institution over its 140 year history.
Truth and Reconciliation: Grade 9+, 1.5 hours
This comprehensive presentation, developed by Woodland Cultural Centre’s Education Department, covers topics from the Imperial Context, Canada’s Indigenous Policy, and The Indian Residential Settlement Agreement, to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The presentation allows for an in-depth understanding of TRC’s final report, its 10 Principles and 94 Calls to Action.
Space is Very Limited! Book Now to Ensure Your Spot!
On September 30, 1973, just 50 years ago, six-year-old Phyllis Webstad’s new orange shirt was taken away from her on her first day of the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in British Columbia. That act has come to symbolize how Indigenous culture has been stolen from generations of Indigenous Peoples, Communities and Nations across Canada, and the lasting damage this has caused. As Mohawk Institute Survivor Tony Bomberry reminds us, “residential school is the only school where you didn’t graduate – you survived.” Sadly, we know not all children who were brought to the Institute did survive. The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation provides the chance to reflect on this history and how the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples can be healed. It is not easy, and it will take time, but it is possible, provided there is a willingness to understand the hurt of the past and see the possibility of a new relationship. Truth requires the recognition of a dark history and its on-going impacts. Reconciliation (or as Metis Scholar David Garneau has pointed out the more appropriate term “conciliation”), requires an awareness and appreciation of “the other.” The word “Canada” comes from the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) word kaná:ta meaning a village. Based in a Rotinonhsyón:ni (Hodinohsho:ni) worldview, it means that everyone has a role and responsibility, that everyone is cared for, that no one goes without, and that we keep each other safe and maintain peace in our community. While the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada has often been at odds with the spirit of the word kaná:ta, at Woodland Cultural Centre we are grateful to all who are helping build a kinder, more inclusive, and just future for this territory. My hope is that we will all find truth and conciliation in kaná:ta. Heather GeorgeExecutive DirectorWoodland Cultural Centre#TruthandConciliation ... See MoreSee Less