2019 Heritage Day Workshop

The annual Heritage Day Workshop is set for Friday, February 15  from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts. 

The theme of this year's workshop is: "Brantford: Celebrating our Past, Building our Future." Online registration is required to attend. 


8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m: Registration

9 a.m. to 9:20 a.m: Welcome and Housekeeping

9:20 a.m. to 9:30 a.m: Chair, Grand River Conservation Authority, "The Founding of the GRCA"

9:30 a.m. to 10:35 a.m: Brantford's Industrial History Panel with Q&A

  • Bruce Hill, Member of the Brant Historical Society, "Brantford: The Town the Canal Made"
  • Rob Adlam, Local Industrial Historian, "The Convergence: Industrial Brantford Finds its Calling"
  • Tara Tran, Senior Planner, Long Range Planning, City of Brantford and Joy O'Donnell, Chair, Mohawk Lake Working Group, "Mohawk Lake District: Revitalizing the Heart of our Communities"
  • Moderator: Dara Bowser, Brantford Brownfields Community Advisory Committee

10:35 a.m. to 10:50 a.m: Coffee Break

10:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m: Brantford's Indigenous and Military History Panel with Q&A (Part 1)

  • Paul Racher, Principal, Management and Senior Review, ARA Ltd., "A River Runs Through It: Grand River Archaeology as a Challenge to the Colonial Narrative"
  • Phil Monture, TBD
  • Rick Hill, "Haudenosaunee-Crown Alliance: A History of the Covenant Chain as it Relates to Military Matters"
  • Moderator: Gary Warrick, Professor of Indigenous Studies and History, Wilfrid Laurier University

12:20 p.m. to 1:30 p.m: Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m: Brantford's Indigenous and Military History (Part 2)

  • Paula Whitlow, Co-Executive Director and Carlie Myke, Outreach Coordinator, Woodland Cultural Centre, "The Former Mohawk Institute Residential School and the Save the Evidence Campaign"
  • Virtual tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School

3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m: Coffee Break 

3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m: Brantford's Cultural Revolution Panel with Q&A

  • Karen Richardson, Curator, Haldimand County Museum and Archives, "How the Other Class Lived"
  • Glenn Brown, Theatre Manager, Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, "From Temple to Sanderson Centre: A Century of Entertainment in Brantford's 'Supreme Playhouse'"
  • Dr. Kate Carter, Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University, "Let's Keep Brantford Weird: Regenerating our Arts and Culture Legacy"
  • Moderator: Eva Salter, Regional Advisor, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m: Closing Remarks


Please note: this event is a full day lecture-based series that includes mature themes; content may not be suitable for everyone. For content or accessibility concerns, please contact 519-751-9900 ext. 5048 to discuss details.

Register for this free event on EventBrite


Paid public parking lots and time limited free on-street parking can be found in the area surrounding the Sanderson Centre. Nearby parking lots are pay ($8/day) and display. View our online map for parking

The Heritage Day Workshop is organized by the City of Brantford in partnership with the Heritage Working Group. The Heritage Working Group helps organize the workshop in partnership with municipalities, other agencies and volunteers.