Save The Evidence Fundraising Campaign

Posted 15/05/05 in NEWS

Save The Evidence

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Woodland Cultural Centre
Brantford, ON., N3S 2X2
ATTN: Save The Evidence


The Woodland Cultural Centre needs your help! In 2013, major roof leaks caused significant and costly damage to the historic Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School building. The Save The Evidence fundraising campaign was launched in response. Its goal is to raise the necessary funds for repairs and renovations to ensure the physical evidence of the dark history of Residential Schools in Canada is never forgotten. 

About Save The Evidence

With such large costs to repair the building, the Woodland Cultural Centre conducted several Community Consultations to gauge the level of support from the community. The results were overwhelming, with more than 98% in support of the restoration of the Mohawk Institute. Since then, the Woodland Cultural Centre has worked tirelessly to generate awareness and funds to save this historic site. 

The first phase of the Save The Evidence project has a goal of $1,000,000. This phase responds to the immediate need to repair the roof to prevent any further damage to the building. 

Woodland Cultural Centre would like to thank the following Gold Donors for their contributions to the Save The Evidence campaign:

- Six Nations Elected Council
- City of Brantford
- Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs of the Province of Ontario
- Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport of the Province of Ontario
- Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise  

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. 

The Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School Building, as part of the Woodland Cultural Centre, has been providing in-depth and historically significant insight into the Residential School System for the past 44 years. With close to 10,000 visitors every year, their tours and programs offer a distinctive look into First Nations and Canadian history. 

How You Can Help

Every dollar you donate or fundraise is making a difference to the Save The Evidence campaign. Just $50 provides us with the membrane roofing material to prevent water damage in the future! Your support matters. Thank you! 

Are you a business, organization or individual who wants to make a significant donation to the Save The Evidence campaign? Contact Jessica Powless to discuss our donor benefits and recognition program.

Jessica Powless
Outreach Coordinator


Check out our YouTube video on the campaign - click here

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