Previous Events

August 19th, 2020

Mohawk Institute Residential School Virtual Tour

7-8PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


August 16th, 2020

Online Film Screening of Quilt of Belonging: A Place for All with Artist Esther Bryan

7-8PM

Do you know the story behind the making of Quilt of Belonging?

Our Team is excited to host another virtual event for the community at home. Join us August 16th for a Free Film Screening of “Quilt of Belonging; A Place for All” Documentary with a live introduction and Q & A with the Artist Esther Bryan.


August 5th, 2020

Mohawk Institute Residential School Virtual Tour

7-8PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


July 22, 2020
Mohawk Institute Residential School Virtual Tour

7-8PM

The Woodland Cultural Centre presents a screening of the Mohawk Institute Residential School as a fundraiser for the Save the Evidence fundraising campaign.

Join us every third Wednesday of the month this summer at 7pm and help us raise funds for this important project.

The virtual tour video was created with local production company Thru the RedDoor, and it follows the guide, Lorrie Gallant, as she gives a tour of the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School. During the video Lorrie provides the history of the institution over its 140 year history. Viewers will get to see the different rooms in the school, from the girls’ and boys’ dormitories, the cafeteria, laundry room, and other rooms throughout the building, as well as hear interviews from five Survivors of the Mohawk Institute.


June 21, 2020

National Indigenous People’s Day: Free Online Film Screening

7-9PM

Cost: FREE

To celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day, Woodland Cultural Centre will be hosting a Free Online Film Screening of the powerful documentary “6 Miles Deep”.

This is a documentary portrait of a group of women who led their community, the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve, in a historic blockade to protect their lands.

It’s important for us to provide a space where everyone can learn about Indigenous history, and culture.

This event also featured a live Q & A with director Sara Roque answering questions from the community after the film screening. It was an incredibly powerful event and we hope to bring more film screenings to you. Stay plugged into our Calendar to see upcoming events.

A replay is available of this film screening. Please email marketing@woodlandculturalcentre.ca for details

 


April 30, 2020
Online Book Reading of “Chuck in the City”

1PM

Cost: FREE

We are excited to start showcasing Indigenous Authors on our Online Book Readings. We wanted to start this series off with a special book for the youth. The recommended reading for this book is up to Grade 3.

In these challenging times, taking the time to read with children create connection and memories that last a life time. We encourage everyone to get the book before the date of the reading and follow along!

Book Synopsis:

Chuck In the City — Chuck and his mom are heading to the city. Chuck has an exciting escapade as he befriends and provokes some furry, fourlegged city critters, dodges skaters, gets lost and then uses his wiles to find his way back home.

Written by Jordan Wheeler.

Author Bio:

From the George Gordon First Nation, Jordan Wheeler’s been writing professionally since 1982 and working in film and television since 1984. Among his numerous writing credits are the books Digital Ogichida, Brothers In Arms and Just A Walk and as a scriptwriter and story editor the TV series Arctic Air, renegadepress.com and North of 60. Wheeler’s been nominated for and won numerous awards including a scriptwriting Gemini in 2006 for an episode of renegadepress.com. When not writing he teaches writing, scriptwriting, story edits, tells stories and plays golf. Born in Victoria in 1964, Wheeler has two kids and three step kids. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife Kim.

Special thank you to Jordan and Theytus Publishing for making this digital reading possible.

Also thank you to our community partner GoodMinds.com for providing the book and making it available to the community!

Order the Book Online here: https://goodminds.com/chuck-city-new-edition-paper-ed

Live stream will be posted on our main fanpage and reminders will be sent out through our Facebook Event (CLICK HERE to see the event on Facebook)

Please share and invite your friends with children.

We hope to bring more Digital Book readings to you and area currently looking for authors to give permission to share their work!
Email marketing@woodlandculturalcentre.ca if you are interested.

 


Ribbon Shirt & Skirt Making

March 7 & 8, 2020

 

Ribbon Skirt/Shirt Making Workshop at the Woodland Cultural Centre.

By participating in this 2 day workshop you will be  guided through a step by step process of making a ribbon skirt or a ribbon shirt using a sewing machine.

Indigenous people are a very progressive people, meaning we have been adapting different materials that have been made available to us over time.  When Europeans came to Turtle Island they brought many things including woven fabrics.  These fabrics were then used as trade materials between Europeans and Indigenous peoples which have had a huge influence on traditional Indigenous outfits.  Today ribbon shirts and skirts are significant items in the Indigenous fashion world.

Facilitating the workshop will be Melanie Bomberry.

Participants must bring their own material and ribbon.
Date: March 7 & 8, 2020
Time: 12 pm – 4 pm 
Where: Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk St. Brantford, ON
Cost: $80.00/person**
**payments can be made at the front desk of the Woodlandland Cultural Centre or by calling 519-759-2650. To guarantee your spot in this workshop Payments must be made in full. 

 

For more information contact arts@woodlandculturalcentre.ca


March 14, 2020
Ohsweken Genealogy Society Meeting

1:30PM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Every month the Ohsweken Geneaology Society meets to help inform and educate community members.

The March genealogy meeting will be held on Saturday, March 14 Everyone is welcome to join in for our sharing of family stories, and potluck lunch.

The meeting is 1:00-3:30pm.

*POTLUCK*

Come a discover some possible new connections and family. We look forward to see everyone then.

 

See the Facebook Event here


Feb 29th, 2020
Artist Talk and Opening Reception

2PM – 4PM

Woodland Cultural Centre was excited to welcome “Quilt of Belonging” to our community. An Opening Reception and Artist Talk will be held February 29th, 2020 at 2PM with Esther Bryan presenting an intimate Artist Talk and guided tour. The “Quilt of Belonging” exhibition will be open for public display from February 29, 2020 to May 9, 2020. A companion book to the Quilt is available at the Woodland Cultural Centre.

 


Feb 24, 2020
Survivor Series with Blanche Hill-Easton

10am-12pm
Cost: $10

 

The last Monday of every month we hold our Survivor Series event from 10am-12pm.

Our Education staff will give our Residential School presentation, providing insight on the history of the Mohawk Institute and residential schools across Canada, as well as a glimpse inside the day to day life of a child at the “Mush Hole.”

Afterwards we will be joined by one of our Survivors who will share their stories, and engage with participants in a Q & A.

These Survivor Stories are an important part of understanding the effects of Residential Schools on Indigenous People and they are open to all members of the community.


Feb 15, 2020 at 1PM

Artist Meet & Greet and Final Day of the Art of Cornhusk

1-3PM

CLOSING RECEPTION and Artist Meet and Greet:
Feb 15th at 1PM at Woodland Cultural Centre
Free Event.

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.

Original Work From:
Elizabeth Doxater
Frazer Sundown

 

 


February 8, 2020

Ohsweken Genealogy Society Meeting

1:30PM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Every month the Ohsweken Geneaology Society meets to help inform and educate community members.

The February genealogy meeting will be held on Saturday, Feb 8th. Everyone is welcome to join in for our sharing of family stories, and potluck lunch.

The meeting is 1:00-3:30pm.

Come a discover some possible new connections and family. We look forward to see everyone then.

See the Facebook Event here

 


January 15: FILM SCREENING – Her Water Drum & Discussion with Jon Elliot

Free Event 7-9PM

Wilfred Laurier Research & Academic Centre Room RCW 002
150 Dalhousie St, Brantford ON

 

 

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

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 event is hosted by Friends & Neighbours of Save the Evidence


December 16th: Survivor Series – Geronimo Henry

10am

Cost: $10

The last Monday of every month we hold our Survivor Series event from 10am-12pm. This month we have changed the date due to the Holiday shut down. 

Our Education staff will give our Residential School presentation, providing insight on the history of the Mohawk Institute and residential schools across Canada, as well as a glimpse inside the day to day life of a child at the “Mush Hole.” Afterwards we will be joined by one of our Survivors who will share their stories, and engage with participants in a Q & A.

These Survivor Stories are an important part of understanding the effects of Residential Schools on Indigenous People and they are open to all members of the community.

This month we are grateful to share the stories of Geronimo Henry, who attended the Mohawk Institute Residential School for 11 consecutive years.


November 6: Free Lecture Series – Author Dr. David Macdonald, “Sleeping Giant Awakens”

7-9 pm

 

Dr. David B. MacDonald, from Treaty 4 territory and a professor at the University of Guelph, provides a unique perspective on the prospects for conciliation following the genocide of the residential school system and the “Sixties Scoop.” Presented in conjunction with The Reconciling Circle, organizers of Treaties Recognition Week.

Wilfred Laurier Brantford

Research and Academic Centre Room RCE 004.

 

Free Event

All are Welcome

Hosted By: Friends & Neighbours of Save the Evidence

 


November 16: Corn Soup Cook-Off

5-7PM

Do you or someone you know make the BEST Corn Soup? Tag them in our Nomination post

$500 Grand Prize for the soup who gets the most votes!

 

Cash Prizes for 2nd and 3rd Place. All soup entries will be entered into a Raffle.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE NOV 13
Call: 519- 759 – 2650 ext 223

 

To all our Hungry Community Judges… join us November 16th from 5-7pm ready to fill your bellies!

$10 Admission
Includes your Official Ballot
Keep the Mug!

 


Nov 27: Free Lecture Series – Senator Dr. Mary Jane McCallum, “Seeking Shelter”

7-9 PM

 

Seeking Shelter: Indigenous People Seeking Safety in Their Own Country –

Senator Dr. Mary Jane McCallum, a dentist of Cree heritage, has provided dental care to First Nations communities across Manitoba. She will share her experience as a residential school survivor as part of her ongoing effort to raise awareness and understanding.

 

Wilfred Laurier Brantford

Research and Academic Centre Room RCE 004.

 

Free Event

All are Welcome

Hosted By: Friends & Neighbours of Save the Evidence

 

October 28: Survivor Series

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $10

The last Monday of each month we hold our Survivor Series event from 10am-12pm.

Our Education staff will give our Residential School presentation, providing insight on the history of the Mohawk Institute and residential schools across Canada, as well as a glimpse inside the day to day life of a child at the “Mush Hole.” Afterwards we will be joined by one of our Survivors who will share their stories, and engage with participants in a Q & A.

These Survivor Stories are an important part of understanding the effects of Residential Schools on Indigenous People and they are open to all members of the community.

This event requires pre-registration with a maximum of 90 guests.

To register for this event, please contact our Group Tours and Facility Registrar at tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

 

*** This Event is almost Completely Booked ***


November 2: 22nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair

9am – 4pm

 

Get a head start on your Holiday Shopping and check out the handcrafted Indigenous Craft Vendors at our 22nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair.

Support Local Indigenous Artisans, Jewellers, Crafters, Distributors, Artists, Carvers and Cooks!

Click Here to join the Facebook Event for Updates!

 

Limited Space for Indigenous Vendors.

To secure your spot please email arts@woodlandculturalcentre.ca


October 19th: Coffee House & Open Mic

7pm – 9pm

Cost: $5

Come and celebrate local Indigenous Artists, Musicians, Poets, and Creatives in our popular annual Coffee House & Open Mic Night. This year special performances by RT Miller, Jim Jacobs and Karonhyawake Jeff Dorreen.

RT Miller is a singer, song-writer and musician from Six Nations.  Electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, mandolin and vocals are his passions.  Starting his musical journey as early as five years old signing in a school talent show and by the age of 15 he was playing in bands covering everything from country to rock-n-roll, blues and southern rock.  In order to convey a wider array of music he began creating his own style of songwriting and musicianship. As a local band member of “The Healers”, Randy also does acoustic unplugged sessions with unique vocals accompanied with a country, folk, bluegrass flavour of music that will capture your attention with deep lyrics and soulful rhythms.

Jim Jacobs grew up on a farm at the corner of Smoothtown in Six Nations Ontario. Spent 10 years in Nashville TN playing guitar and writing songs. Currently working on an album in Nashville TN that will soon be finished and released. Biggest musical influences include George, Merle, Johnny, Waylon and Willie, Straight, Johnson. And many others of the 70’s outlaw country era and a lot of the 80’s and 90’s country.

Karonhyawake Jeff Doreen and Ozhaawashkozi Anang Kwe Laura Kooji began playing music together several years ago.They will be performing Beatles songs which have been translated into the Mohawk Language. These familiar songs, translated into one of the traditional languages of the Haudenosaunee People will have you singing along even if you aren’t a fluent language speaker!

 


October 9: Lecture Series with Allan Downey author of The Creator’s Game

 

Allan Downey is the author of The Creator’s Game – the history of lacrosse. In this Lecture he describes how the game was used by Indigenous people to resist the residential school experiences and display their sovereignty.

This event is Free for all to Attend.

 

Lecture to take place at:

Wilfred Laurier University, Research and Academic Centre

150 Dalhousie St

RCE004

7- 9PM

 

 

 

 

 


SEPT 30: Orange Shirt Day Programming for Students and Educators

 

A special announcement to all Educators!

On Monday September 30th, Woodland Cultural Centre will be welcoming schools across Ontario for a day of education, truth, and reconciliation on the nationally recognized Orange Shirt Day. This is a full day of events, speakers, and workshops running from 9:30am – 2pm and has been specifically programmed for students Grade 5+.

Space is very limited for this event

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange Shirt Day is a a day where the entire country comes together, wearing orange, to recognize and acknowledge the history of Residential Schools in Canada. Our goal is to ensure education systems and schools participate in a meaningful experience related to the history and legacy of Residential Schools.

 
Our education staff has carefully crafted our programming to teach students and teachers, to help them understand the effects of the Residential School system and create a deeper more meaningful connection to the Indigenous roots of Canada.

** VERY LIMITED SPACE so please email tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca Immediately to secure your spot **

Why Bring Your Class? Read More Here


SEPT 29: Survivors Gathering 2019

 

On Sunday, September 29th we welcome Residential School Survivors, their families, our surrounding communities, friends, neighbours; and the public at-large for a day of workshops and presentations.

The event will culminate in a healing walk from the steps of the former Mohawk Institute to the end of the lane way before returning to the centre for the final roster of workshops and the keynote address.

Our vision is to create a healing space for Survivors, their families, and our communities.

Speakers and Schedule TBA on our website

Where: Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk ST, Brantford ON, N3S 2X2

When: September 29th 1pm – 5pm

 

🔸 Interactive Drop in Workshops
🔸 Survivor Stories
🔸 Sacred Fire
🔸 Guest Speakers
🔸 Food Vendors
🔸 Brick Tours
🔸 Healing Walk

Six Nations Authors Double Book Launch and Reading, Sept 21 2019

Woodland Cultural Centre has always supported Indigenous writers, and houses one of the provinces larges First Nation book collections.

Bookland Press is proud to present two new titles by two Six Nations authors!

Marie Hess and Janet Rogers invite you to their double book in celebration of their newly released titles. Going Back Home is Marie Hess’s bravely written residential school memoir.

Tsi Niió:re Enkarakhoténhseke is the Mohawk language edition of Janet Rogers’ poetry collection As Long As the Sun Shines translated by Jeremy Green.

Both authors will be joined by guest readers; Marie Hess’s sisters will provide introductions and Candace Maracle will read Janet’s poetry in Kanien’keha.

This event is free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served and the author’s books will be for sale. Please bring cash.

See Facebook Event Here


Oil Painting Workshop July 20th, 2019

Are you interested in developing your skills for Oil Painting? We here at Woodland Cultural Centre are

excited to announce that our Featured Artist of Indigenous Art 2019, Deron Douglas, is facilitating an Oil Painting Workshop here at the Centre!

Where: Woodland Cultural Centre
When: July 20, 2019, from 10am – 3pm
Cost: $30.00

 


Black Ash Basket Weaving Workshop – Aug 3-5, 2019

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Black Ash Feast Basket Making Workshop! The Black Ash Feast Basket is labour intensive  but culturally significant workshop lasting THREE full days, from August 3 – August 5th. Bring your lunch, bring your stories, and bring your friends for a unique, traditional, and challenging experience.

You won’t want to miss out, so call 519-759-2650 to register!

Cost: $120.00*
Time: 10am – 5pm
Dates: August 3 – August 5 (all three days attendance required)

 

 


Onkwehón:we Festival 2019 – June 28-30, 2019

Join us as Haudenosaunee artists and other Indigenous nations from across Turtle Island come to celebrate and showcase their artistic gifts. The festival has become a destination for artists and audiences alike.

The Onkwehón:we Festival celebrates contemporary and traditional Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse) artistic performances. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in unique and vibrant traditions that have been practiced for generations. Performances and events include storytelling, dance, music, theatre, visual arts, film and workshops. On Sunday June 30th there will be a special performance from the Sinquah Family Dance Troupe, an Indigenous dance troupe of the Hopi/Tewa/Choctaw Nations from northern Arizona, as well as a Smoke Dance contest.

This festival provides a space for Haudenosaunee artists and other indigenous nations from across Turtle Island. The vision is to create and grow a festival within the community that will be a destination for artists, audiences, organizations, and presenters to enjoy.

Thanks to support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Celebrate Ontario, and the Department of Canadian Heritage, admission to the festival, as well as to our museum and galleries will be free throughout the weekend.

All are welcome! Click HERE to learn more

Festival Schedule – View Here!

Media Contact: Loretta Hill
Woodland Cultural Centre
www.wcc.events | 519-759-2650
marketing@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

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Indigenous Art 2019 – Opening Reception | May 25, 2019 | 7PM

Established in 1975, Indigenous Art, formally known as First Nations Art, is one of the longest running annual exhibits that provides a space for established and emerging Indigenous artists to exhibit their work in a gallery setting. This open call and juried show brings together artists from across Turtle Island, showcasing traditionally-based and contemporary art form in all visual art mediums.

Please join us for the catered opening reception of Indigenous Art 2019, and help us celebrate our amazing Indigenous Artists!

 


Annual Corn Soup Cook-Off | NOVEMBER 17 2018 | 5PM

 


Coffee House and Open Mic | October 27th | 7PM

Join us for an evening of live music!

The evening will feature music from Joel Johnson, Brendt Thomas (Kariwa:the) Diabo & The Ramblers, and James Wilson.

To Register for Open Mic:
Please contact the Fine Arts department at Woodland Cultural Centre at 519 759 2650 ext. 243 or email arts@woodlandculturalcentre.ca for more information. Sign ups will also be in the front lobby prior to the performances. Spots are limited!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


21st Annual Christmas Craft Fair | November 3rd | 9AM – 4PM

 

Click here for Vendor Application


Survivors Gathering 2018 | September 29th and 30th

The Woodland Cultural Centre, in partnership with Six Nations Elected Council and Ontario Indian Residential School Support Services, is pleased to invite you to the 2018 Gathering for Survivors of Residential Schools. The two-day event will take place at the Woodland Cultural Centre, the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, on Sept 29th & 30th 2018. The event will coincide with National Orange Shirt Day on September 30th: a day which Canadians are encouraged to stand in solidarity with survivors of the residential school system.

The gathering will bring together Residential School Survivors, their families, local organizations, and schools across communities for an event with activities and presentations focused on healing, support, wellness, and resilience.

We will welcome Survivors and their families, intergenerational Survivors, and supporters. The event will open at 10am on Sat Sept 29th, and will feature presentations by Sto:lo author, poet, and professor Lee Maracle; Anishinaabe Elder and water activist Josephine Mandamin; and the Keynote Address will be delivered by Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba. Drop-in workshops and wellness activities will be available throughout the day, lunch and dinner provided, and will end with a musical performance by Sugar & Old Spice.

Sun Sept 30th the site will open at 10am. The Opening Ceremonies will be followed by our Healing Walk, from the steps of the former Mohawk Institute to the end of the laneway and back. The Healing Walk is an opportunity to show our support for Survivors and their families, and to join in behind them on their healing journeys. Afterwards, we will welcome all visitors to join us for lunch and refreshments. Both days are open to the public, all are welcome.

For more information contact Carlie Myke, Outreach Coordinator at the Woodland Cultural Centre at 519-759-2650 or ste@woodlandculturalcentre.ca


Alan Michelson: HISTORICITY  | OPENING RECEPTION | Sep 15, 2018 | 7PM

The Woodland Cultural Centre is proud to present a new solo exhibition by internationally-recognized New York-based artist, curator, writer, lecturer and member of Six Nations of the Grand River – Alan Michelson.

The exhibition features new and recent new-media work by the acclaimed artist. Among them is the debut of Hanodaga:yas (Town Destroyer), as well as the Six Nations debut of the four-channel video installation Two Row IIThis showcase also presents the Canadian premiere of the 12-channel version of RoundDance, previously exhibited in Moscow (RUS).  

The exhibition runs September 15 through December 21, 2018 


Salmon Girl | May 13, 2018 | 4 PM

Salmon Girl explores the world of water and salmon. Through theatre, dance, music and puppetry, this piece for all ages follows the journey of a young girl into this magical world. A visually stunning work that shares a First Nations perspective on the importance of Salmon. Choreographer Michelle Olson from the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation and playwright Quelemia Sparrow from the Musquem First Nation bring together their respective cultural perspectives and stories to create a piece that is both meaningful and delightful to all audiences.

The running time is approximately 50 minutes.

Suitable for family audience’s ages 6+
Admission: Pay-What-You-Can

 

 

 

Indigenous Art Opening Reception | May 26, 2018 | 7 PM

The Woodland Cultural Centre (WCC), a leader in the field of First Nations museum exhibitions, artistic endeavors, research facilities and cultural programming, is delighted to present the 43rd Annual Indigenous Art exhibition. Established in 1975, Indigenous Art (formerly known as First Nations Art) 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 setting. The Centre is extending an invitation to all artists of Indigenous ancestry to submit up to three works of art, for presentation in this year’s Indigenous Art. For more information, check out our news page.

This years Featured Artist, Catherine Dallaire, is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose work possesses a unique form and energy, balancing elements and teachings from traditional Woodland art/Anishinaabe art/culture with contemporary techniques and subjects.

Join us at her exhibit Gichitwaawizi’igewin: Honouring as it opens the same night as Indigenous Art, fully catered with live music – May 26, 2018 at 7 PM.  

 

 

 

Survivor Series | 10 AM – 12 PM

Every month, a Mohawk Institute Survivor will share their experience and stories of living in The Mohawk Residential School. Admission is $10 per person. Pre-Registration is required.
To register, please email tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca or by calling 519-759-2650

Upcoming dates:

April 9, 2018
April 23, 2018
May 7, 2018
May 28, 2018
June 11, 2018
June 25, 2018
July 16, 2018
August 13, 2018

 

 

 

…since forever… | January 22 – May 4, 2018

The Woodland Cultural Centre is proud to present the exhibition …since forever… a celebration of Indigenous existence, resistance and survival. From its inception, this exhibition has recognised the importance of critical reflection upon Indigenous peoples’ inherent right to be heard.

The thematic content of the works each address celebration juxtaposed with history. Their work was not produced in the service of a sesquicentennial anniversary. Theirs is an honest statement from the perspective of Indigenistance. In this respect …since forever… contributes to the dialogue and process of healing and reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and Canadians.

Featured Artists: Tracey Anthony, Elizabeth Doxtater, Barbara-Helen Hill

 

 

 

Despite All Misconception and Loss | January 22 – May 4, 2018

This retrospective exhibition features works by Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) artist Kelly Greene. Her body of work focuses on the meaning and implications of “commemoration” of national events and her own dubious sentiments towards their celebration. Kelly Greene has created works that without waver have been grounded in revealing hidden historical narratives and our relationships with the earth. The range of subject matter is personal to the artist and most often presents sensitive issues for Canadians including: land claims, nationalism, residential school, religion and the costs of our environmental consumption.  The Woodland Cultural Centre is proud to exhibit “Despite all Misconception & Loss” with works spanning a 20 year period.

Featured Artist: Kelly Greene

Nôhkom | March 2 | 8PM – March 3 | 2PM

“There are two halves to every family. We all come from two strains of thought, twin strands of experience,” writes Greyeyes.

From this starting point, an eloquent narrative emerges in which the author and narrator peels away the layers of a family’s oral history, moving from joyous childhood memories, to unspoken truths and the harsh secrets held by every family.

Austere like the land from which this story emerges, Nôhkom remembers the writer’s grandmother, Margaret Greyeyes, but it’s also about the writer’s late father, George Greyeyes. Combining text and dance, this theatre work moves through complex moments in the life of the author’s father, who grew up on the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan during the Great Depression. It revolves around remembered experience, a mysterious affair, and one extraordinary winter, which tested nôhkom to her very soul as she found herself alone, living in a canvas tent caring for her two small children.

Moving through the visceral history of Canada’s Indian Residential school system, the fragile nature of memory, and the exquisite power of dance, Nôhkom is a portrait of resilience and a testament to the potential of forgiveness.

Written by Michael Greyeyes
Directed by Yvette Nolan
Choreography by Michael Greyeyes, with Nancy Latoszewski, Daniel McArthur (and Michael Sean Marye)
Music and Sound Design by Miquelon Rodriguez
Costume Design by Erika Isserhoff
Performed by: Michael Greyeyes, Nancy Latoszewski (Greyeyes) & Daniel McArthur
Produced by: Brittany Ryan

 

Artist Tea & Talk | January 28, 2018 | 2 PM

Join us for this casual round table discussion with several of the artists featured in the exhibitions “Despite all Misconception and Loss” and “…since forever…” We welcome you to sip tea and join in conversation with the featured artists as they discuss their works, artistic processes, and whatever else may come up. This event is open and free to the public.

For more information about the featured exhibitions please visit: Current/Upcoming Exhibitions

 

 

The Mush Hole – Workshop Performance | January 13 & 14, 2018

The Mush Hole – Workshop Performance acknowledges the lives and spirits of Mohawk Institute residential school survivors. Keeping hope as the driving force the performance offers truth and relives the devastating impacts on the students and parents without their children. It is about survival, resilience, and is an embodied way to say: “Enskwakhwahshón:rien” – we will feed your hunger, “kwè:iahre – we remember you, kwanorónhkhwa – we love you. Conceived by Six Nations Artist/Director Santee Smith in collaboration with Onkwehon:wen artists Julianne Blackbird, Montana Summers, Semiah Smith, Brandon A. Oakes, The Mush Hole opens the mind, heart and spirit toward a path of feeling and experiencing. We welcome all to share in dialogue and reflect on the performance during this creative development phase of the work. This presentation is for general audiences.  Please be aware there are mature themes involved and not recommended for ages 12 and under.

The Mush Hole – Workshop Performance Dates:
January 13, 2018 – Matinee @ 3:00PM
January 14, 2018 – Evening @ 6:00PM

Presented as a part of Woodland’s -Tehonkieron:nions (They are Entertaining) series. A performing arts series funded by the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Mush Hole creation is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council. Creator Santee Smith is committing her recent REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award to the development of the performance. 

 

Coffee House & Open Mic Night | October 14, 2017 | 7 PM

Join us for an evening of live music with EMCEE Chilly Chase! Doors open at 6:45PM.

The evening will feature music from Murray Porter, Brendt Thomas (Kariwa:the) Diabo and Nick Sherman.

To Register for Open Mic:
Please contact the Fine Arts department at Woodland Cultural Centre at 519 759 2650 ext. 243 or email arts@woodlandculturalcentre.ca for more information. Sign ups will also be in the front lobby prior to the performances. Spots are limited!

 

Smoke Dance Competition | October 7, 2017 | 1 PM

We are pleased to present our 15th Annual Smoke Dance Competition on Saturday October 7, 2017. Presented in years past to much success, the ‘Smoke Dance Competition’ offers a chance to showcase our culture and dance. Visitors are encouraged to come out and see veteran performers, as well as new rising talents.

Smoke Dance Singer: Cam Hill Sr.
Emcee: Dexter Jimerson

VENDORS ARE WELCOME!

Food and drinks will be on sale and don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs!

 

 

“Ęgaenagadat: – They Raise their Voices to the Creator” | March 4, 2017 | 7 PM

The Woodland Cultural Centre is pleased to present “Ęgaenagadat: – They Raise their Voices to the Creator” featuring three phenomenal Indigenous women. The evening will feature live music from artists Cheri Maracle, Genevieve Fisher, and IsKwé who will take the stage and perform at the annual Coffee House event.

To Register for Open Mic: Please contact the Fine Arts department at Woodland Cultural Centre at 519 759 2650 ext. 243 or email arts@woodland-centre.on.ca for more information.
Sign ups will also be in the front lobby prior to the performances. Spots are limited!

 

The Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School Survivor Series 

Every month, a Mohawk Institute Survivor will share their experience and stories of living in The Mohawk Residential School. Pre-Registration is required.

January 16 & 30, 2017 at 10AM & 1PM
February 13 & 27, 2017 at 10AM & 1PM
Admission is $10 per person.

 

Theresa McCarthy Book Launch: In Divided Unity | February 24, 2017 | 7 – 9 PM
‘In Divided Unity’ Haudenosaunee Reclamation at Grand River

In February 2006, the Six Nations occupation of a 132-acre construction site in Caledonia, Ontario, reignited a 200-year-long struggle to reclaim land and rights in the Grand River region. Framed by this ongoing reclamation, In Divided Unity explores community-based initiatives that promote Haudenosaunee traditionalism and languages at Six Nations of the Grand River as crucial enactments of sovereignty both historically and in the present.

For more information:  University of Arizona Press.