Previous Events

October 21th, 2020

Mohawk Institute Residential School Virtual Tour

7-8PM

Cost: $10 minimum donation

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.

 


OCT 14, 2020

Pat Ningewance: Reclaiming our Territory Word by Word Virtual Book Launch and Live Mohawk Language Demo

7PM

Pat’s Book is an essential tool for teaching languages. This book of lesson plans is designed to help anyone who is fluent to teach family and friends to learn oral language in an informal setting. Fluent Indigenous language speakers may be gone in 20 years or less so we must teach the language to the next generation.

The young people are learning their languages to gain a sense of identity and a link to their family and community. Our languages contain our unique worldview and our connection to the earth. Our languages must survive. This book not only preserves languages but encourages the oral connection of sitting down one on one with your instructor and speaking together.

Join us for a discussion with Pat Ningewance and a Live Demo of how the book works in the Mohawk Language 


October 3, 2020

Continuance: Yonkwa’nikonhrakontáhkwen – Our consciousness continues unchanged

9PM

Continuance: Yonkwa'nikonhrakontáhkwen - our consciousness continues unchangedMarking This Moment! The National Arts Centre (NAC) has engaged 11 companies from across Canada to create large-scale performances this Fall. Each show will be performed outdoors for live audiences all over Canada – and they’ll be filmed so we can watch them all online too!

Creative Producer, Director, Performer
Santee Smith

Continuance is the state of remaining in existence.

Continuance as a Grand Act is an embodiment of resilience. A celebration of Indigenous continuance the drive-in theatre shines light, 3D mapping on the dark oppressiveness of the Mohawk Institute Residential School.

With an immersive interplay with live intergenerational Haudenosaunee performers, the new media incorporates ancient-future imagery illuminating that the 142 year history of the school did not destroy cultural perpetuity. Disintegrating the facade of the school into images portraying cultural strength, beauty and iconic Haudenosaunee imagery. Coded within our iconographies are meaningful ways to live in the world with balanced harmony.

The performance is scheduled for Oct 3, 2020 at 9:00pm and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre will be on site to share this experience with all of us.

This is a free event, with limited tickets due to COVID-19 restrictions. All performances will be recorded and shared for those that are unable to attend the live performance.


Oct 2-4, 2020

Orange Shirt Day Virtual Public Events

Oct 2, 30 – 6:30pm-8:30pm

Oct 4 – 1:30pm-3:30pm

Program Overview:

Appropriate for grades 6+

  • Introduction by Woodland Cultural Centre Education Coordinator (15 minutes)
  • Virtual Tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School (45 minutes)
  • Survivor Speaker Testimonials (20 minutes)
  • Q & A session (30 minutes)
  • Home Study Resource package including activities to prepare your family for participation, follow up activities and further list of resources to for use as background


September 29, 30 & October 1, 2020

Orange Shirt Day Virtual School Events

9:30-12:30am

Cost: $6.50/person

Program Overview:

Appropriate for grades 6+

  • Introduction by Woodland Cultural Centre Education Coordinator (15 minutes)
  • Virtual Tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School (45 minutes)
  • Survivor Speaker Testimonials (20 minutes)
  • Q & A session (30 minutes)
  • Teachers’ Resource package including activities to prepare your class for participation, follow up activities and further list of resources to for use with students and as background

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


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