The Mohawk Institute Residential School was among the oldest and longest-running residential schools in Canada; today, it is only one of a handful of residential school buildings still left standing in Canada. The building serves as a physical reminder of the dark legacy which the residential school system has left on generations of First Nations children and their families.
As part of the Woodland Cultural Centre, more than 15,000 people have visited the site each year to hear and understand the stories, and to honour the lives and experiences of those who attended these schools, and where Survivors of the schools themselves can share their stories and speak their truths.
The Challenge: In 2013, major roof leaks caused significant damage to the building. Save the Evidence was launched to raise the necessary funds for repairs, and to restore the building to a fully-interpreted and era-accurate historic site to help visitors better understand the residential school system and its impact on First Nations people. Help us to create this one-of-a-kind facility to preserve the truth of this chapter of Canadian history: Help us to Save the Evidence!