Virtual Tour of the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School

Sponsored by the NAJC Human Rights Committee

Sunday, February 21, 2021 3pm to 4:30pm EST  (12noon PST | 1pm MST | 2pm CST)

The NAJC Human Rights Committee is sponsoring a 1-hour Virtual Tour of the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School, followed by a 30-minute Q&A on Sunday, February 21st from 3:00pm – 4:30pm EST. This unique educational opportunity will be facilitated by the “Save the Evidence” Coordinator for the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario. The event is a free event but limited to 40 participants in order to preserve the intimacy and engagement with this intense learning experience. The format will be meeting style with attendees visible to each other for the Q & A). The tour was first hosted by the Toronto NAJC and in the words of one participant “Like the Japanese Canadian story, people need to know about this history . . . More of Canada’s ugly past needs to come to light in order to create a peaceful and inclusive environment for everyone. We need to learn from the mistakes in order to create a better future. Reconciliation is a must. It doesn’t matter how many years and generations it takes, it needs to be done.”

Book your spot by emailing the Chair of the Human Rights Committee, NAJC VP Lynn Deutscher Kobayashi at with subject line “Virtual Tour Reservation”.  Confirmation of your interest will be acknowledged within 48 hours and a link to the event will be sent by Saturday, February 20. Pre-event resources will also be provided. 

 This virtual tour video was created with local production company Thru the Red Door, and it follows the guide, Lorrie Gallant, as she gives a tour of the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School in Brantford, Ontario which is 30 minutes from Hamilton. During the video, Lorrie provides the history of the institution over its 140-year history. Viewers will get to see the different rooms in the school, from the girls’ and boys’ dormitories, the cafeteria,laundry room, and other rooms throughout the building, as well as hear interviews from five Survivors of the Mohawk Institute. Learn more: 

Lynn Deutscher Kobayashi, Chair
Kei Ebata, Winnipeg
Judy Hanazawa, Vancouver
Connor Hasegawa, Montreal
Pauline Kajiura, Hamilton
Maryka Omatsu, Toronto-Vancouver
April Sora, Saskatoon
Fumi Torigai, Whitehorse

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