The Campaign

Save the Evidence is a campaign to raise awareness and support for the restoration of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, and to develop the building into an Interpreted Historic Site and Educational Resource. As a site of conscience, the final goal is to create a fully realized Interpretive Centre that will be the definitive destination for information about the history of Residential Schools in Canada, the experiences of Survivors of the schools, and the impact that the Residential School system has had on our communities.

Our community overwhelmingly wanted to repair the building – to Save the Evidence of what happened there during this dark chapter in Canadian history and to ensure this history is never forgotten. Every donation helps us to realize this nationally important project.

A Brief History of the Mohawk Institute

The Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School operated in Brantford, Ontario from 1828 to 1970. It served as a boarding school for First Nations children from Six Nations, as well as other communities throughout Ontario and Quebec. It served as a key tool in the effort to assimilate First Nations children into European Christian society, and sever the continuity of culture from parent to child.

After closing in 1970, it reopened in 1972 as the Woodland Cultural Centre, a non-profit organization that serves to preserve and promote First Nations culture and heritage.

How Can You Help?

There are many ways that individuals and groups can get involved in the Save the Evidence campaign.

Your Support will be used to:

  • Complete restoration on the Mohawk Institute Residential School, and help us reopen the building as an interpretation centre
  • Audio and Video documentation of Survivor Stories
  • Development of educational resource materials
  • Development of the exhibits
  • Create an endowment fund to ensure the Mohawk Institute legacy in perpetuity

See our list of Supporters


Interested in Fundraising for Save the Evidence or the Woodland Cultural Centre? 

Please start by completing our third-party fundraiser form and submitting it to


Interested in hosting a walk or run that comes on Woodland Cultural Centre grounds? Please begin by completing this request form and submitting it at least 90 days in advance to for review.


Inquiries about fundraising for the Save the Evidence campaign and completed request forms can be sent to


The Save the Evidence Team

For more information about Save the Evidence or about the Woodland Cultural Centre contact the Development Coordinator, Trisha Kelley at or at 519-759-2650 ext 232.

Charitable registration number: 891177990RR0001