May 5th – Discussion with Huronia Survivors

Remembering Huronia

Featured Speakers:

  • Harold Dougall
  • Cindy Scott
  • Patricia Seth
  • Marie Slark

Introductory Remarks: Elder Philip Cote, Tecumseh Collective

Date: Thursday May 5th, 2016

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Location: Room 140, HNES Building, York University

Quiet Spaces: Rooms 141 and 142, HNES

This event will take place on the ground floor of the HNES Building. The building is accessible by wheelchair and includes two accessible and gender neutral washrooms.

The closest drop-off point for WheelTrans is the Osgoode Parking Lot, number 82 on this map:

Elder Philip Cote will conduct a smudging ceremony at 1pm. During the ceremony, sweet grass will be burned.
Event Description:
The Huronia Regional Centre in Orillia was a total institution built and run by the Ontario government to warehouse people labeled as intellectually disabled. Since its doors closed in 2009, survivors have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the experience of institutionalization and to seek justice for those institutionalized.
Join Harold Dougall and Cindy Scott, who advocate on behalf of those buried in unmarked graves on Huronia grounds; and Patricia Seth and Marie Slark, key litigants in a multi-million dollar settlement against the government of Ontario as they share histories of institutionalization.

Space is limited, please send accommodation requests and RSVP to


This event is organized in collaboration with the newly-launched Huronia Speakers Bureau

For any questions about the Bureau, or to book speakers, contact Dr Jen Rinaldi (manager of the Speakers Bureau):


May 5th Remembering Huronia


Caption: Poster featuring photographs of the four guest speakers and the following text: May 5th, 2016, 1-3pm, HNES 140, York University. Remembering Huronia: Survivors Share Histories of Institutionalization. Accommodation requests to CDSSA@YUGSA.CA