By: The Working Forest Staff
BRANTFORD —The Government of Canada is investing over $7.6 million in this project through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $1.8 million, while the Woodland Cultural Centre is contributing $378,437.
The project involves restoring the building’s masonry, restoring and replacing over 100 windows, upgrading the HVAC system, and finishing interior restorations including door frames, flooring, baseboards, and fireplaces. Improvements also include accessibility upgrades such as the addition of a barrier-free main entrance, an elevator, and accessible pathways around the building.
The work will allow the Woodland Cultural Centre to restore the Mohawk Institute Residential School site, allowing it to open as a national historical-cultural site for public education and healing.
All orders of government continue to work together for the people of Ontario to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when needed most.
- Through the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $14.2 billion in over 3,880 infrastructure projects.
- Across Canada, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has contributed $9.7 billion to 3,500 infrastructure projects.
- Ontario is investing $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community, and other priority infrastructure.
- Across the province and over the next 10 years, Ontario is investing approximately $320 million and Canada is investing approximately $407 million under the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This stream supports the construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities that improve community infrastructure (community centres, libraries), recreational venues (arenas, recreational spaces), and cultural spaces (theatres, museums).
“Across the country, Indigenous communities and Canadians are mourning as more unmarked graves are located at the sites of former Residential Schools. Ensuring Canadians have space where they can learn and acknowledge the past is an important step in reconciliation. Today’s announcement for the third phase of the Save the Evidence project at the Woodland Cultural Centre, will help rehabilitate the Mohawk Institute Residential School site in Six Nations of the Grand River, and allow for healing and the preservation of a past that should not be forgotten. In partnership with Indigenous peoples, provinces, and territories, we continue our work to advance reconciliation and ensure Indigenous communities have the tools needed to succeed and ensure the well-being of their people,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
“The restoration of the Mohawk Institute Residential School will provide current and future generations a space to heal and to share the truth of residential schools. I want to extend my sincere gratitude to all those involved in the Woodland Cultural Centre for sharing stories, art, language, and cultural knowledge of the Six Nations of the Grand River, Wahta Mohawks, and Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, as we continue on the path to reconciliation,” said Pam Damoff Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for Oakville North–Burlington.
“In the first few weeks of my mandate, as MPP for Brantford-Brant, I was honoured with a tour of the Woodland Cultural Centre – the site of the old Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford. Today is a very important day, not only for the Six Nations of the Grand River but for all Indigenous Peoples across Ontario and Canada who are reliving the pain of the past. We stand with the Woodland Cultural Centre in its efforts to Save the Evidence. I can say that the Government of Ontario will be on the path of healing, understanding and reconciliation with all Indigenous communities across Ontario,” said Will Bouma
Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s Minister of Finance and Member of Provincial Parliament for Brantford–Brent on behalf of the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure.
“Our government stands shoulder to shoulder with Indigenous partners as we support community-directed work to identify and commemorate Indigenous Residential School sites across the province. Today’s investment in the Woodland Cultural Centre is critical to the important work being done by Six Nations of the Grand River to build a national resource to support public education and centre for healing for the community,” said Greg Rickford Ontario’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs.
“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,” said Janis Monture Executive Director of the Woodland Cultural Centre.