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Tricia Logan, Algonquin College Speaker SeriesTricia Logan: Revising and Re-imagining Canada’s History; Reconciliation and Canada’s 150

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Festival Hall in Pembroke
Please note: This is a free event

Canada and Canadians have been asked to take action and embrace reconciliation. Following the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and acknowledging the 94 Calls to Action, we are all being asked to reconsider and re-imagine how we see our relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canada. In 2017, we attempt to celebrate Canada at 150 while also acknowledging that we are celebrating a new version of Canada.

Residential Schools in Canada and colonial relationships with Indigenous peoples aided the creation of Canada as a nation-state. Canada’s history has an abundance of blind-spots that missed the history of residential schools or critically under-emphasized the role the schools played in shaping Canada. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation shares the responsibility with governments, organizations and all Canadians in confronting new histories and new ways to think about Canada or celebrate Canada. This presentation will discuss the legacy of residential schools in Canada, the inclusion and exclusion of the schools in Canadian history and what it means to approach a new version of Canada and revised Canadian histories.

Tricia Logan is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Tricia is originally from Kakabeka Falls, Ontario. Recently, Tricia completed her PhD entitled ‘Indian Residential Schools, Settler Colonialism and Their Narratives in Canadian History’ in History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She also has a MA and BA both in Native Studies from the University of Manitoba. In 2000, Tricia started working with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation at the Southwest Region Manitoba Métis Federation and has worked with the AHF, Legacy of Hope Foundation and National Aboriginal Health Organization research on various projects from 2000 to 2014. As part of her work with Métis communities, Tricia took part in a Michif language revitalization project. Tricia’s research interests and writing originate from her work with Survivors of residential school and involvement with language revitalization. Most recently, Tricia worked at Irish in Britain as an Archivist/Researcher on an oral history project entitled ‘Irish Voices’ with Irish diaspora communities living in Britain.


Sean Conway, Algonquin College Speakers SeriesSean Conway: The Character and Colour of the Ottawa Valley Political Tradition

Date: Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Campus
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door

“The politics of the Ottawa Valley represented true contact sport in the nineteenth century. The Lumber Kings of the Valley with names like White, Dunlop and McLachlin drove the politics of that era and it was a rare thing between the mid-1850s and the end of the Great War in 1918 not to have a lumberman or timber merchant on the ballot for federal and provincial elections.  And as we shall see in this lecture, election campaigns of that era were not for the faint-of-heart. Much of the colour of Ottawa Valley electoral campaigns derives from that time.  Vast sums of money were spent, rules were stretched and heads were cracked open by very zealous partisans.  An important by-product of this activity was a very lively and muscular campaign oratory.  Valley politicians gained national renown for their powerful and rambunctious speaking styles.  As the nineteenth-century gave way to the twentieth, the issues changed but the fire and brimstone remained hot.  The creation of Camp Petawawa in the early days of the twentieth century, the establishment of a national nuclear research centre at Chalk River during the Second World War, the ‘ electrification ‘ of the rural Valley, brought forth a new generation of tribunes with names like McCann, Cotnam, Dempsey and Maloney.  And there was always a strong independent streak in our MPs and MPPs. “ Toeing the party line”  was not always a hallmark of our local parliamentary representatives. 

Having spent 28 years in Ontario’s Legislative Assembly and now long retired from active politics,   Sean Conway will explore these themes of colour and independence,  of  Valley speech-making,  of how local political battles sometimes led to unexpectedly important results, of how the Scots, Irish, French, German and Polish communities affected often very close races, races that sometimes turned on the very sensitive issues of language and religion.   A great Canadian historian once said that history is the record of the encounter between of character and circumstance.  Come to this special event being sponsored by Algonquin College and meet some fascinating characters and the remarkable circumstances in which they found themselves politically.


Merilyn Simonds, Algonquin College Speaker SeriesMerilyn Simonds: Stories from Canada’s Most Notorious and Historic Prison

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Campus
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door

In 1987, Merilyn Simonds discovered a cache of letters in her attic, written to a 17-year-old girl in the village of Portsmouth from a convict in Kingston Penitentiary—a young man from Renfrew, Ontario, who was part of a gang of petty thieves who terrorized the Ottawa Valley in the early years of the last century. Intrigued by the clandestine relationship of Phyllis Halliday and Josie Cleroux and by the forbidden world of Canada’s oldest and most notorious prison, Simonds spent the next 8 years researching and writing the story that became The Convict Lover, an international bestseller and inspiration for two Canadian stage plays. Join Merilyn Simonds on the 30th anniversary of the discovery of this unique correspondence for an inside look at Kingston Penitentiary in the year leading up to Canada’s first prison riot.

Merilyn Simonds, Algonquin College Speaker SeriesMerilyn Simonds is the author of 17 books, including the novel The Holding, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and the Canadian creative nonfiction classic, The Convict Lover, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Her work is anthologized and published internationally in eight countries. Her most recent fiction is The Paradise Project, a collection of flash stories hand-printed on a 19th-century press with endpapers made in part from plants in her garden. The experience of producing the collection in both a digital and book-arts edition is the subject of her latest work, Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels, and the Lasting Impression of Books.


Roy MacSkimming, Algonquin College Speaker SeriesRoy MacSkimming: Cold War; Re-Live the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Campus
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door

On September 28, 1972, Paul Henderson of the Toronto Maple Leafs scored one of the most memorable goals in Canadian hockey history. Henderson’s tally late in the third period of game eight of the Summit Series gave Canada a 6-5 win in the deciding game in a series that captivated hockey fans around the world. The match up of the world’s two hockey powers was about much more than what took place on the ice. It was a highly symbolic confrontation between hostile political systems at the height of tensions between the West and the Soviet Bloc. Join author Roy MacSkimming as he tells the story from his book, Cold War, on Thursday, September 28, 2017, exactly 45 years after Henderson sent Canada into a frenzy. The evening will include video highlights of some of the most memorable moments in the series and a question and answer session with Mr. MacSkimming.

Roy grew up in Ottawa and attended the University of Toronto. Poetry written in his student years appeared in literary magazines, the collection Shoot Low Sheriff, They’re Riding Shetland Ponies (co-authored with William Hawkins), and the Contact Press anthology New Wave Canada. After four years as a trade editor with Toronto book publisher Clarke-Irwin, Roy started New Press in 1969 with fellow writers James Bacque and Dave Godfrey. New Press led a Canadian publishing renaissance in the 1970s, co-founding the Association of Canadian Publishers, which lobbied successfully for government policies to strengthen the publishing industry.


Charlotte Gray, Algonquin College Speaker Series, PembrokeCharlotte Gray: The Promise of Canada

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Campus
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door

This country has reinvented itself with every generation since Confederation, and it has evolved from a fearful and awkward collection of colonies into one of the wealthiest and sturdiest countries in the world. As we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Charlotte will explore the great achievements in our history while acknowledging the darker shadows of the past. She will investigate the contradictions and conundrums through the stories of people who made a difference. How did Canadians discover a particular gift for compromise? Why did it take so long to develop a distinctive literature? How did a daunting landscape become one of Canada’s greatest assets? Charlotte’s approach is a provocative contrast to the kind of history found in text books. As one of her readers put it, “I feel like I’m meeting my country for the first time.”

Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known writers, and author of ten acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. Born in Sheffield, England, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, she began her writing career in England as a magazine editor and newspaper columnist. After coming to Canada in 1979, she worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine columnist before she turned to biography and popular history.


The Algonquin College Canadian History Speaker Series is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150thanniversary, a collaboration between the Pembroke Petawawa District Community Foundation-100 Women, the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

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