BRANTFORD, Ontario, October 14, 2011 – The Woodland Cultural Centre will raise awareness of the role of the Six Nations Confederacy in the War of 1812, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament (Brant), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
The Woodland Cultural Centre is a First Nations educational and cultural centre located on Six Nations of the Grand River territory in Brantford. This investment will allow the Centre to create and present an exhibit about the role of the Six Nations Confederacy in the War of 1812. The project will include the research, planning and design of the exhibition, which will be on display at the Woodland Cultural Centre to coincide with the War of 1812 Bicentennial commemorations at Six Nations of the Grand River.
“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in projects that improve the preservation and presentation of Canada’s heritage collections,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting the Woodland Cultural Centre, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage.”
“The 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 is an opportunity for all of us to take pride in our history,” said Mr. McColeman. “It is a great pleasure to be here today to announce our Government’s investment in this exhibition, which will increase awareness about this important anniversary for Canada.”
“This exhibit will expose the Canadian public to the unknown contributions and the very role the Haudenosaunee warriors played in the War of 1812,” said Janis Monture, Executive Director of the Woodland Cultural Centre. “The contribution by the Haudenosaunee warriors both in the United States and in Canada is an unheard and unacknowledged history that caused great strife within the Six Nations Confederacy.”
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $113,700 over two years (2011–2012 and 2012–2013) through the Aboriginal Heritage component of the Museums Assistance Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.