Published On: November 18, 2020Categories: Events, News, Online Activities, Save the Evidence

All of us here at Woodland Cultural Centre are thrilled to announce that we are so close to raising our goal to complete the “Bricks and Morter” Restoration of the Mohawk Institute Residential School.

“We just need to raise $75,000 more to complete the Phase 2 construction.”


Phase 1 saw the condemned site undergo a major restoration of its roof, HVAC, removal of hazardous materials, foundation restoration, floors, electrical, drywall, some historic windows replacement and much more.

The total budget for the physical restoration of the Mohawk Institute Residential School building is $23.5 million. We are eager to complete fundraising for Phase 2 of the project which includes external masonry restoration, remaining windows and important accessibility features. The Woodland Cultural Centre needs to raise an additional $75,000 to complete our $500,000 goal for Phase 2.

Now, more than ever, we need you to support the Woodland Cultural Centre’s Save the Evidence campaign to complete the nationally important restoration of the Mohawk Institute Residential School.

We have had unprecedented success to date raising $425,000 from donations large and small and every dollar has helped as a demonstration of your support. The Save the Evidence restoration project, as well as our on-going important work with Mohawk Institute Residential School Survivors, ensures this important history is preserved for future generations.

December starts with Giving Tuesday as a way to share gratitude before the holiday season! As part of the December 1st, Giving Tuesday campaign we are very honoured and grateful to have the support of the, Dufresne-Ray Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation, who will match your donations for the day.

Our Fall Campaign letter is being sent out to thousands of local businesses and organizations this week and we are sure with the upcoming Giving Tuesday push, we will reach our goals.

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It has been a challenging year, but at the Woodland Cultural Centre we are extremely grateful for your on-going support for the Save the Evidence campaign.The remaining $75,000 will complete the important “bricks and mortar” restoration. We’re asking donors to support our campaign by donating what they can, so that we can realize our remaining $75,000 goal by the end of this 2020.

Every dollar raised is an expression of community trust and joins us on a path of reconciliation.

Community non-profit organizations, private businesses both large and small, service organizations, educational and faith groups and individual donors together have helped make this restoration project a reality. If we look back over the last 3 to 4 years, we would not have anticipated the outpouring of support from across the country.

It is time to help us cross the finish line by helping us raise the remaining $75,000 to realize the completed physical restoration. From condemned, to fully restored, and close to the Survivors final dream of having the Mohawk Institute Residential School open as a nationally important historic and educational site, and the only fully restored residential school site in Canada to stand as a testament to history and “site of conscience” for all our future generations. All funds raised will help us reach our goal of completing this historic and monumental project.

To follow the physical restoration you can visit:

Read More about the special contest and how you could win an in person tour of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School and see how your contributions in action.

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