Woodland Cultural Centre Welcomes Survivors of Residential School,
Supporters, for Moving Forward Together Event
Brantford, ON – The Woodland Cultural Centre will welcome Survivors of the Residential School system from Six Nations, Northern Ontario, and Quebec for the first annual Moving Forward Together Survivor’s Gathering, a two-day event September 29th and 30th. Moving Forward Together will focus on the healing journey of the Survivor of Residential Schools, their families and support networks, and support from surrounding communities.
In association with Ontario Indian Residential School Support Services, the Woodland Cultural Centre will welcome Survivors on September 29th for a day of healing workshops and activities. The Keynote Address will be delivered by noted author and spiritual leader Tom Porter, Bear Clan. Evening entertainment provided by the incomparable Cec Sault.
A healing walk in support of Survivors will take place down the walkway of the Woodland Cultural Centre, site of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, on Saturday, September 30th beginning at 11am. Supporters will be encouraged to write words of healing and encouragement to Survivors in chalk along the walkway, and are welcome to bring signs featuring supportive messages.
Participants are invited to wear an orange shirt in honour of Orange Shirt Day; a day which honours Residential School Survivors across Canada. Orange shirts will be available for purchase at the Woodland Cultural Centre for $20 with proceeds going to support the Save the Evidence campaign.
For more information, visit the Woodland Cultural Centre website at www.woodlandculturalcentre.ca
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The Woodland Cultural Centre is a First Nations educational and cultural centre. It was established in 1972 to protect, promote, interpret and present the history, language, intellect and cultural heritage of the Anishinaabe and Ongwehon:weh. The member Nations of Woodland are the Wahta Mohawks, Six Nations of the Grand River, and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.
Photo Credit: Kaley Reuben, Woodland Cultural Centre
Contact: Carlie Myke, Outreach Coordinator