Discover new ideas. Challenge your opinions. Explore current events. Come 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 at the John Elliott Theatre and run for one hour. Tickets are available through the John Elliott Theatre box office and are free of charge.  

Recordings of select virtual lectures are also available on our HHPL YouTube channel

The 2023-2024 Halton Hills Lecture Series schedule:

Relocation of Mississauga of the Credit First Nation in 1847

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets available through the John Elliott Theatre box office

Join us to learn about the relocation of Mississauga of the Credit First Nation from River Credit to its current location near Hagersville. Founded in 1825, Mission Village was a highly successful settlement that was seen as a model Indigenous community. Central to its history is Peter Jones, one of the Mississaugas’ Chiefs and a Methodist minister, who had strong ties to both the Indigenous and settler communities. This presentation will explore the history of Mission Village and the need for relocation, the work of Peter Jones, and the establishment of the modern MCFN Reserve.  

Darin Wybenga is the Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Coordinator for Mississauga of the Credit First Nation. He previously worked as a history and geography teacher, curriculum coordinator, and vice-principal, and offers presentations on the history of treaty lands, territory, and the people of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. 

Bernie Saunders in Conversation with Rico Phillips

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. 

This lecture will be held live on Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to the start of the event. 

Join author and former NHL player Bernie Saunders for a conversation about his book, Shut Out: The Game That Did Not Love Me BlackSaunders grew up with an exceptional passion and talent for hockeyplaying at the college-level for Western Michigan University before joining the Quebec Nordiques in the National Hockey League. Despite these successes, Saunders would eventually leave hockey for the corporate sector when the racism he experienced from spectators, coaches, and other players became overwhelming. Shut Out: The Game That Did Not Love Me Black is the story of a player who, despite his talent, was forced to leave the game that he loved.  

The conversation will be moderated by Rico Phillips, the Director of Cultural Diversity and Inclusion for the Ontario Hockey League and winner of the NHL’s Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award.  

Safe Sport with Allison Forsyth

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets available through the John Elliott Theatre box office

Join Allison Forsyth, COO, Partner ITP Sport & Recreation, Olympian, and World Championship bronze medalist skier for a conversation on Safe Sport in Canada. Allison is driving her passion for changing the system and shifting a culture motivated by her own sexual abuse victimization in the Canadian Sport System.  

Now Allison thrives in bringing the real conversation to organizations and their participants. As an athlete, advocate, and change maker, she will speak to different forms of maltreatment, how to minimize environmental and cultural risks, and the gaps every organization must be aware of that is not covered by policies or current training. She is shifting sport culture for the better.

More lectures to be announced. Check back for updates. 

The 2023-2024 Halton Hills Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of our partners.