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Enlightening virtual tour of Mohawk Institute Residential School available through Museum

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The St. Marys Museum will facilitate a virtual tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School, hosted by the Woodland Cultural Centre on Friday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. Located in Brantford 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. The Institute sought to assimilate these children into European Christian society, severing the continuity of indigenous culture from parent to child.

Guided by Lorie Gallant, author, illustrator, artist and storyteller from the Six Nations Reserve, participants will virtually tour through the 140-year history of the institution. As the tour moves through different areas in the school, including the girls’ and boys’ dormitories, the cafeteria and laundry room, visitors will gain a more tangible understanding of the conditions that students experienced. Riveting interviews from five Survivors of the Mohawk Institute are also included.

“This tour is an opportunity to educate ourselves about how recently, and how close to home, these terrible conditions existed,” says St. Marys Mayor Al Strathdee. “It is only through listening, and learning about the disturbing and tragic truths of residential schools, that we can begin to build stronger ties between communities.”  

The virtual tour will last approximately two hours, and will include a question and answer period. It was created with local production company Thru the Reddoor.

Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. The cost is $10.00 per person, and 100 percent of the fee is donated to the Save the Evidence campaign, which raises awareness and support for the development of an Interpreted Historic Site and Educational Resource at the site of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School.

To register, call the St. Marys Museum at 519-284-3556 or email museum@town.stmarys.on.ca.

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Contact
Amy Cubberley | Cultural Services Supervisor
519-284-2340, ext. 405 | acubberley@town.stmarys.on.ca

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