Discover new ideas. Challenge your opinions. Explore current events. Come once a month and listen to experts in their respective fields speak about topics that relate to issues we are facing in our lives, our community, and our world.

The lectures are held live on Zoom and run for one hour. Recordings are available on YouTube.

Register through our Events Calendar.

The 2021-2022 Halton Hills Lecture Series schedule:

The Turkish Harem

Virtual: Tuesday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. Register through our Events Calendar.

Enter into the forbidden world of the Harem, a place that was ‘hidden’, a segregated place for women that existed in many cultures around the world. Explore these secret, gilded cages with presenter Lianne Harris as she draws back the veil and reveals the rules, obligations, political agendas, and mysteries of harem culture in Turkey and learn of real women--and the men--who were destined to live behind its uncompromising walls.

Lianne Harris has been a history, culture and social studies resource specialist with the Toronto District School Board almost 20 years and has been the guest instructor and workshop leader for teachers across many boards in Southern Ontario. To date she has taught over 80,000 teachers and students. In 2003, she was selected by W.O.M.A.D. as one of Toronto’s Women of Influence. She is the author of many books including two medieval novels and non-fiction books on Bangladesh, India, great women in history, historical clothing and costuming, and world travel photography. She is a contributing author of the Canadian best seller business book, The Power of Women United. Pursuing her love of art, she has been an exhibiting artist at the Royal Ontario Museum, Roy Thomson Hall, The IDA Gallery, and The Shaw Festival.

Program offered in partnership with CFUW-Georgetown.

We Are Still Here: The Mississaugas of the Credit

Virtual: Tuesday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. Register through our Events Calendar. 

When the Mississaugas of the Credit ancestors arrived in Southern Ontario in the late 17th century, they found themselves stewards of approximately 4 million acres of land at the western end of Lake Ontario. The erosion of their land base, a declining population, and the continual encroachment of settlers threatened the very existence of the people, yet the Mississaugas of the Credit remain on their lands today and are proud of their resilience. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the history of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and treaties relevant to the Halton Region.

Program offered in partnership with CFUW-Georgetown.

Native Flutes

Virtual: Wednesday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. Register through our Events Calendar.

Join us in welcoming David Bouchard, educator, for a special evening about Native Flutes. Native Flutes are a wooden, bamboo or bone flute, known for centuries to have been used by various First Nations people from across North America. David will share the history and legends of Native Flutes, demonstrating the sound of various instruments by playing flutes from his personal collection.

David Bouchard is an award-winning writer and gifted storyteller. He is a former teacher and principal, and a past president of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria. In 2008, David Bouchard was named a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions on advocacy and as an author of children's books. David Bouchard Public School in Oshawa, Ontario is named in his honour.

An Evening with Rob Green

Virtual: Tuesday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. Register through our Events Calendar.

Join us for an evening with actor and singer-songwriter Rob Green. Rob will present the dramatic story of a young African man who is enslaved. He will then trace the history of his families’ movement via the underground railroad to Canada, which began 6 generations of Canadian Black History. Throughout the presentation, audience members will learn about the racism encountered and his ancestor’s journeys following the North Star from the U.S. to Canada, the evolution to today’s descendants, and the important role the church played as spiritual support for endurance, persistence, salvation and freedom.

Rob Green is a former Vice-Chair of the Halton Black History Awareness Society. He has an avid interest in the development of Black Canadian culture, and grew up in the Owen Sound BME church where his great grandfather was once an elder deacon.

Currently, Rob works as an actor, singer-songwriter, and producer of his own original music. His first CD, Soul Dancing, was nominated for best Indie Album in 2013. Rob’s music was also highlighted in a CBC talent search, outperforming numerous other contestants. Rob is a retired drama teacher who served for 37 years with the Hamilton-Wentworth School Board. While teaching, Rob initiated the drama program at his high school and served as Assistant Head of the English Department. He graduated from the University of Guelph with a Specialized Honours in Drama, The University of London with a Bachelor of Education and The University of Toronto (Faculty of Education) Honours Specialist in Drama.

Program offered in partnership with CFUW-Georgetown.

An Evening with Raymond Mason

Virtual: Wednesday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. Register through our Events Calendar.

Raymond Mason is an Ojibway activist and Elder from Peguis First Nation, Manitoba. He joins us to discuss the history of Canada’s residential and day school systems and the impact the systems had on survivors.  

In the mid-1980s, Raymond Mason founded Spirit Wind Inc. This Winnipeg-based non-profit organization played a key role in the development of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (2006) and the Day School Class Action (2019). These settlement agreements provided compensation to survivors of the residential and day school systems. 

In 2021, Raymond Mason was presented an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Queen’s University. His memoir, Spirit of the Grassroots People: Seeking Justice for Indigenous Survivors of Canada's Colonial Education System, shares a firsthand account of the personal and political challenges that he faced while campaigning for the rights of residential school survivors. The memoir uses two-eyed seeing and storytelling, a technique that combines Indigenous oral traditions with a Western approach to historical documentation. The oral history shares Raymond Mason’s experiences as a residential and day school survivor. His story is contextualized through the broader historical narrative shared by researchers Theodore Michael Christou and Jackson Pind from Queen’s University.

The Orange Shirt Story

Virtual: Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. Register through our Events Calendar.

Every year on September 30th, we wear orange shirts to honour residential school survivors. Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at residential school, told for the first time in May 2013. It has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. For this lecture, Phyllis Webstad joins us to discuss the origins of the Orange Shirt Story.

Phyllis Webstad is Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). She comes from mixed Secwepemc and European heritage, was born in Dog Creek, and lives in Williams Lake, BC. She is the Ambassador and Founder of the Orange Shirt Society, and tours the country telling her story and raising awareness about the impacts of the residential school system. She has now published two books,” The Orange Shirt Story" and "Phyllis's Orange Shirt" for younger children, and co-authored Orange Shirt Society’s “Orange Shirt Day”. Her third book, “Beyond the Orange Shirt Story”, was released in September 2021.

Program offered in partnership with CFUW-Georgetown.

Top Trees for Your Green Yard

Virtual: Tuesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. Register through our Events Calendar.

Join Melanie Kramer from Credit Valley Conservation to discover the best native trees for curb appeal, habitat, shade and fall colour. Learn what trees will work best in your yard and what to grow with them.

With a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Master of Environmental Studies, Melanie Kramer previously worked as a landscape designer until moving to Credit Valley Conservation over thirteen years ago. As the Senior Coordinator of Sustainable Home Landscapes at Credit Valley Conservation, Melanie leads the Your Green Yard program in promoting the beauty and importance of sustainable landscaping. Melanie’s vision is to see all home gardens and landscapes helping to maintain a healthy, climate-resilient environment while flourishing with local, native trees, shrubs and wildflowers.

Hummingbird Migration

Virtual: Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Register through our Events Calendar.

Explore the fascinating world of the one of the largest families of birds. Hummingbirds are tiny little guys that will surprise you, make you laugh, and leave you pondering the question that has left scientists stumped for years: just where did hummingbirds come from? Richard Tofflemire joins us to discuss how this beloved backyard bird overcomes the hardships that they must endure every day.

Richard Tofflemire was born in Don Mills, Ontario. He spent his childhood exploring the Don River valley, often bringing home critters to keep as pets. His parents were supportive but had a strict rule about keeping wild things. As a teenager, Richard was always looking for a way to go “up north” camping and canoe tripping. Hawks were his first love. He started trying to identify them as a young boy and got so good that his parents used to tell him that someday birds would be a guiding force in his life. Then Richard met his wife, whose second love interest was insects. Together they go walking in the woods, taking a long time to cover a short distance as there is always something to see and explore at their feet or overhead.

Invasive Insects and Tree Health: Ongoing Issues and Emerging Threats

Virtual: Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Register through our Events Calendar.

Come learn more about the LDD Moth (aka Gypsy Moth) with Bryana McLaughlin of Credit Valley Conservation. This lecture will discuss the insect, its history in Ontario, and what is currently being done in Halton Hills to address the issue. In addition to the LDD Moth, you will also learn about emerging threats such as the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and Asian Longhorn Beetle. Bryana will provide tips on what to look for and do if you find these invasive insects.

Bryana McLaughlin is the Coordinator, Terrestrial Restoration and Management at Credit Valley Conservation Authority. In this role she is responsible for coordinating integrated pest management of invasive species on CVC lands, including early detection monitoring, management, and providing technical knowledge to watershed partners and the public. Bryana earned her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Western Ontario where she studied the effects of future climate scenarios on early successional tree and shrub species.

One Book, One Halton Hills 2022 Author Visit

Virtual: Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Register through our Events Calendar

Join us for an evening with our latest One Book author. The title of this year’s One Book will be announced in February.

The 2021-2022 Halton Hills Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of our partners.