The Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures (GRASAC) is delighted to be hosting its second research conference with the renowned Woodland Cultural Centre at the Six Nations of the Grand River (Brantford, Ontario) on the 13th and 14th of June, 2014.

The conference will offer the chance to share knowledge and discuss research on Aboriginal cultures and arts of the Great Lakes region; learn about GRASAC’s improved database tools, indigenous language capacity, and new interface; meet acclaimed local artists and performers; and explore the collections of the Woodland Cultural Centre, its archives, and the rich history of the Six Nations of the Grand River.

Registration:  *NOW CLOSED: SOLD OUT*

A registration fee ($85 fully-employed or $50 for students or partially-employed) will cover delicious local catered meals for both days; registration for Six Nations, Wahta, and Tyendinaga community members will be free.  Please click here for the Registration Form (downloadable & printable as a PDF document).  We appreciate you registering for the conference in advance.  Please mail your completed registration form and payment by cheque (addressed to “Carleton University”) to: Kate Higginson,  201 St Patrick’s Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6.  Registration by cash or cheque will also be available on-site at the Woodland Cultural Centre on June 13th and 14th 2014.

Program Highlights & Schedule:

Please click here for the full program (downloadable and printable PDF document).

Keynote Addresses:

Tom Hill (Woodland Cultural Centre) on 8 Intriguing Pieces from the Woodland Cultural Centre’s Collection

Rick Hill (Deyohahá:ge Indigenous Knowledge Centre, Six Nations Polytechnic) on the Intent of Traditional Haudenosaunee Art 


  • Alan Corbiere (M’Chigeeng First Nation)
  • Alex Taitt (Southern Illinois University)
  • Alfred Keye (Six Nations)
  • Amber Sandy (University of Toronto)
  • Amos Key Jr (Woodland Cultural Centre)
  • Andrea Walsh (University of Victoria)
  • Anne de Stecher (Carleton University)
  • Carol James (Fiber Artist)
  • Carrie Dyck (Memorial University)
  • Cory Willmott (Southern Illinois University)
  • Crystal Migwans (Columbia University)
  • Daniel Robert Laxer (University of Toronto)
  • Darrel Manitowabi (Laurentian University)
  • Evan Habkirk (University of Western Ontario)
  • George Kennedy (University of Western Ontario)
  • Heather George (Six Nations Legacy Consortium)
  • Heidi Bohaker (University of Toronto)
  • Henrietta Lidchi (National Museums of Scotland)
  • Isaac Murdoch (Ojibway Connections)
  • John Moses (Carleton University)
  • Karen DeLeary (Walpole Island)
  • Karen Pheasant (University of Alberta)
  • Mary Pheasant (Laurentian University)
  • Maureen Matthews (Manitoba Museum)
  • Patricia Kennedy (Library & Archives Canada)
  • Penelope Kelsey (University of Colorado)
  • Richard Laurin (University of Toronto)
  • Ruth Phillips (Carleton University)
  • Tilley Laskey (Independent Scholar)

Additional Events:

  • Beading Workshop with Sam Thomas 
  • Film Screening of Shelley Niro’s Robert’s Paintings
  • Haudenosaunee Dance Performance by Tribal Visions
  • Tutorial on the new GRASAC Database Software 
  • Tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School
  • Workshop on How to Access Haudenosaunee Archival Material
  • Visits to Chiefswood, The Mohawk Chapel & Iroqrafts on June 15th


Please click here to see or download the conference poster — feel free to distribute it to anyone you think might be interested!


We have recommended two conference hotels: The Bear’s Inn at Oshweken, and the Best Western in Brantford.  For additional details please see the document linked here.

For more information:

Please contact Kate (the GRASAC Research Coordinator) by email at <kate.higginson[at at symbol]carleton.ca> or by phone at 613-520-2600 x 6761

Great Lakes Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts & Cultures:  201 St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, K1S 5B6.   https://grasac.org/gks/gks_about.php

Woodland Cultural Centre:  184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, Ontario, Canada.  519. 759.2650  http://www.woodland-centre.on.ca