Published On: November 9, 2020Categories: Events, News, Online Activities, Save the Evidence

Woodland Cultural Centre knows Giving Tuesday 2020 and a generous matching Donor will help them push them over the finish line to complete Phase 2 of Construction of “Save the Evidence”


Woodland Cultural Centre is looking for community support this Giving Tuesday December 1, 2020 to help with the final phase of construction at the former Mohawk Institute Residential School and has announced a special contest.



The Save the Evidence team at WCC has released an update on the Woodland Cultural Centre’s Save the Evidence campaign as they work to complete Phase 2, which is the bricks and mortar restoration. 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. The team is eager to complete fundraising for Phase 2 of the project which includes external masonry restoration, remaining window and important accessibility features.  The Woodland Cultural Centre needs to raise an additional $75,000 to complete their $500,000 goal for Phase 2. 

December 1, 2020 is Giving Tuesday. It is a great way to support the campaign this year. Not only has a special Donor offered to MATCH donations that come in on GivingTuesday, but everyone who makes a donation on this day will be entered into a draw to be the first person taken on an in person tour of the renovations thus far.


This year your donations to the Save the Evidence campaign can be twice as powerful. As part of the December 1st, Giving Tuesday campaign Woodland Cultural Centre announced the support of the Dufresne-Ray Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation, who will match donations for that day. Community support like this is so vital for the success of the campaign, and when everyone works together we can achieve so much more. 

“We believe in bringing this important national restoration project to fruition and hope many people are inspired to contribute.” Dufresne-Ray Family

Every dollar raised is an expression of community trust and allows them to join us on a path of reconciliation. Your donations on December 1 will be matched, and give you the chance to win the personal tour. 

Follow the Save the Evidence Campaign on their website and make a donation at

 Make sure to hit “Attending” on our Facebook Event so you get updates on our progress all day and the special invitation to our Facebook Live!


We are so grateful to see the community coming together to start fundraising already. We have had people hold bake sales, some are biking across the province like Maddy Pillon in the photo to the right, local businesses like Oakhill Marketplace holding auctions on Facebook Live, businesses donating proceeds of merchandise sold, and even 100 Sweaty Sweats from Alex McGillivray who is raising money sweating every day to donate on December 1st.

When we all come together, we can achieve so much. Even the simple act of sharing this page, spreading the word with your contacts and networks and on your social media, goes a long long way.

The Save the Evidence campaign would not have made it this far into the project without the grassroots support of community members like you.

Make sure to respond to the Facebook Event and follow us on Instagram so we can update you of all the different fundraising initiatives that are ongoing from supporters.

If you’re looking for help on fundraising ideas our Save the Evidence team is here to assist. Contact for more information.

Bookmark this Page and enter your Donations Here on December 1, 2020 through Canada Helps to get them matched by the Dufresne Ray Fund

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