Opening the Doors to Dialogue

Posted 15/11/18 in NEWS

Opening the Doors to Dialogue is a collaborative project involving artists, organizations, Elders, and community members both native and non-native made up of residential school survivors, their descendants, and the general public. Through a series of beadwork sessions we will bead seven (7) doors salvaged from residential schools across Canada. These sessions will provide a forum for open dialogue while sharing culture through the creation of a monumental work of art. Through the creative process the dialogue that will occur will assist in opening the doors to the healing process. This project will not only open the dialogue between several people during the creative development of the art work proposed, but will continue to create dialogue for thousands of viewers for years to come through the finished work and public exhibition. The project is led by Samuel Thomas (Six Nations of the Grand River- Cayuga), a researcher, artist, and educator of Iroquois beadwork in partnership with Paula Whitlow, Woodland Cultural Centre Museum Director and Woodland Cultural Centre staff support.

The official project launch date is November 3rd 2015 and workshop sessions will begin in early 2016. We will be salvaging interior doors from former IRS buildings across Canada. We have to-date been in contact with:

Blue Quills, St. Paul Alberta

Schubenacadie , Nova Scotia

Muscowequan, Muskowekwan First Nation, Lestock Saskatchewan

Birtle, Manitoba

Secwepemc, Kamloops British Columbia

We are looking for a total of seven (7)interior wooden doors original to the building. As we are still in the development phase of the project, we are asking for any assistance in acquiring a door. If you know of any possibilities or you can be of assistance please call Samuel Thomas at 905-353-8155 or email or facebook at