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Monday, April 2 • 8:00am - 7:00pm
First Nations Art & Culture

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Full day bus trip

Venue: Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford) www.woodland-centre.on.ca

Maximum capacity: 31

Supported by the ARLIS/NA Alternative Voices Fund.

Bus departs promptly at 8:00am from the Richmond Street Entrance, Sheraton Hotel. 

Disabled Access--No

This all-day excursion is a very special and unique opportunity to gain insight into Aboriginal art and culture. You will travel by motor coach to the Woodland Cultural Centre on the Six Nations Reserve in Brantford, southern Ontario. During the bus ride, a film by a First Nations artist will be screened.  

The WCC 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 Onkwehon:we. The complex includes a museum housing 35,000 artifacts, and a library situated in a former residential school for Aboriginal children, the only such controversial building still standing in the province of Ontario.

Your visit begins with a welcome, a guided tour of the museum and the library, followed by a catered lunch of traditional Native cuisine. Following lunch, two prominent contemporary artists, Shelley Niro and Tom Hill, will speak about their art and the issues facing them as artists of First Nations ancestry. Ms. Niro will then welcome you to her studio in downtown Brantford. 

The day will end with a stop to indulge your shopping pleasure at Iroqrafts which is known for traditional and ceremonial Iroquois arts and crafts. 

Speakers are generously sponsored by the ARLIS/NA Alternative Speakers Fund. 

8:00am - Bus departs promptly from Richmond Street Entrance, Sheraton Hotel

8:00am to 10:00am – Film by First Nations filmmaker will be screened en route

10:00am to noon – Arrival and orientation at the Woodland Cultural Centre; tours of current exhibitions and library, hands-on workshop

12:00pm to 1:00pm - Lunch catered by Family Traditions of the Grand

1:00pm to 3:00pm- Presentations and discussions by Tom Hill and Shelley Niro.

3:00pm to 4:00pm – Visit to Shelley Niro’s studio

4:00pm to 5:00pm - Iroqrafts

5:00pm - Depart Brantford

6:30pm/7:00pm – Arrival back at Sheraton Hotel


Monday April 2, 2012 8:00am - 7:00pm
Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford) Brantford, Ontario

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