Mohawk Chapel & Village Tour
Sunday 12:30 to 4:00 – $30
In keeping with the theme of the 2017 OAS Symposium, Truth and Reconciliation in Archaeology, we have prepared for a tour of the Mohawk Chapel and former lands of the Mohawk Village which will be followed by a tour of the accessible areas of the Mohawk Institute building and Woodland Cultural Centre Museum. Her Majesty’s Mohawk Chapel of the Mohawks (originally known as St. Paul’s) was constructed in 1785 by the Crown at the Mohawk Village near what would later become Brantford. Arguably the oldest Anglican Church in Canada, the Chapel and establishment of the Mohawk Village was intended to replace losses suffered by Haudenosaunee in New York state following the American Revolution. By 1830 a mechanics institute and precursor to the residential school system had been established at the Mohawk Village. With changing ideas regarding the education and immersion of indigenous youth into settler society, the residential school system was established and saw the dispersal of the Mohawk Village residents and their relegation to reserves.
The extant Mohawk Institute building, constructed in 1903, is the third such building to exist at the site. As the name ‘residential’ implies, this building was home to Indigenous youth from all over Ontario for their education prescribed by white settlers. The Mohawk Institute did not close until 1970. Join the OAS for an intimate look at these properties and to learn more about the Mohawk Village and Mohawk Institute residential school. The Woodland Cultural Centre museum will also be open during our tour and is highlighting Indigenous settlement along the Grand River with contributed archaeological collections as part of the exhibit.
**12:30-bus pick up from Best Western
1 to 1:45 pm – tour the Mohawk Chapel and village grounds
2 to 3:30 pm – tour interior of Mohawk Institute building and Woodland Cultural Centre