Woodland Cultural Centre receives $9.4 million in upgrades
The Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, ON will receive $9.4 million in funding to complete phase three of its Save the Evidence project.
The Centre, located on the site of the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School in Six Nations of the Grand River, preserves and promotes Indigenous history, art, language and culture. It includes an interactive museum and gallery, library and language resource centre, and five acres of land with outdoor exhibits.
The initiative will restore the residential school site and allow it to open as a national historical cultural site for public education and healing.
More than $7.6 million in funding for the project will come from the federal government and approximately $1.8 million will come from the province, while the Woodland Cultural Centre will contribute $378,437.
As well as interior and exterior improvements, the initiative will restore the building’s masonry, restore and replace more than 100 windows, and upgrade fireplaces and the HVAC system.
“With this funding we are that much closer to realizing our dream of opening up the former Mohawk Institute Residential School as an important interpretive heritage site to educate Canada and to uncover the truth,” says Janis Monture, executive director of the Woodland Cultural Centre.