Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian continues to broaden the scope and number of voices that promote and foster public dialogue on, and greater understanding of, ideas and issues of concern to Canadians –– and everyone. And now this event, featuring some the most innovative, imaginative, and inspiring thinkers and performers, is also the centre piece of a three-day exploration of ideas called ArtsEverywhere Festival.

Explore new possibilities, imagine your Canada.

Save the date! The 15th annual Guelph Lecture–On Being Canadian will take place Friday January 19, 2018.

In the meantime click on the links below for more information about last year’s event.

Jeannette Armstrong is a professor, storyteller, and protector of Indigenous culture, and a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Philosophy at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan).

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Ann Hui is the Globe and Mail’s National Food Reporter. In 2016, she travelled across Canada for a series called Chop Suey Nation, which told the stories of Chinese restaurants and the families who run them.

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Midnight Shine, the Northern Ontario foursome with a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock, and explores First Nations’ culture, tradition and life in the north with depth and meaning.

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Melanie Goodchild is an educator and researcher in Indigenous social innovation. Melanie will emcee the event.

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We are very pleased to be collaborating with Musagetes—and working with new partners across the community—to offer an entire Festival of Ideas over three days. For 14 years now, The Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian has added new voices to the ongoing conversation of what it means to be Canadian and what role our country could and should play in a changing world.

This year we are helping to highlight some of the work that needs to be done within our own borders—including right here at home—to create spaces that shape a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, especially in the context of broadening awareness of the cultural genocide made visible by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. If you were at our 2009 event, you heard John Ralston Saul describe Canada as founded on three pillars (Aboriginal, French, and English) and the Commission reinforced this perspective, describing “an initial period of cooperative inter-reliance grounded in norms of equality and mutual dependence.” As we come to Canada’s 150th anniversary on July 1, we are only just beginning to understand the enormous blemish created by the “the ethos of exclusion and cultural annihilation” that followed our promising beginning.

We are determined to learn what we can do to advance reconciliation, knowing it will help all who live on this land now called Canada. We hope that you will come away from the Festival inspired to think about how you and the organisations with which you are affiliated can join in this important effort and make our future as bright as our beginning.

Save the date!

The Guelph Lecture, Friday, January 19, 2018 at the River Run Centre in Guelph.

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Monday to Saturday 11 am to 6 pm


“The ability to adapt is what helps to define us as Canadians…innovation, creativity, and fresh, new thinking.”
“An absolute world class slate of individuals to push forward our thinking as they share their views about being Canadian”

Franco Vaccarino
University of Guelph, President

“An annual event that does so much to generate the necessary conversation about how we live in a time of great difficulty and a time of great possibility”

Robert Enright,
Academic, Scholar, Author