Local Indian Residential School transformation

Mohawk institute, former Indian residential school located in Brantford OntarioHow a former residential school is being transformed into a place for healing

The Woodland Cultural Centre’s Save the Evidence campaign is working to turn the former Mohawk Institute into a space for learning and reconciliation

The former Mohawk Institute is tucked away in a quiet part of Brantford, surrounded by a wide expanse of lawn. Until June 1970, it was a residential school, one of 17 established in Ontario. Today, only one other such structure remains, in Sault Ste. Marie. Most have been demolished: communities wanted them gone. They were a physical reminder of state-sanctioned suffering, broken families, and cultural traditions pushed to the brink of extinction. But this 114-year-old red-brick building was saved so that no one will ever forget its past.

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