Awards & Kilbourn Lecture – October 17, 2016



2016 Nominees

The  Heritage Toronto Awards celebrate outstanding contributions in the promotion and conservation of Toronto’s history and heritage by professionals and volunteers.

This year’s Heritage Toronto Awards and Kilbourn Lecture will take place on Monday, October 17, 2016, at Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College. The vibrant Mary Ito will return as host of the program.

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Congratulations to this year’s nominees. For descriptions of the nominated projects, please select the category below.

Architecture Book
Short Pub Media

Community Heritage


Special Achievement Award Recipient

The award, presented by the Heritage Toronto Board of Directors, provides special recognition to those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the preservation and education of Toronto’s heritage.

Heritage Toronto is honoured to name Carolyn King as the recipient of the 2016 Special Achievement Award, in recognition of her decades-long efforts to preserve the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nations’ community and to celebrate and share First Nation heritage in the greater Toronto area.

Carolyn King

Carolyn King (Image courtesy of Carolyn King)


The first woman elected as chief of the Mississaugas in 1997, Carolyn King is a voice of the Mississauga people and their land claim over territory that is now part of the City of Toronto. In 1998, she wrote to the Indians Claims Commission requesting an inquiry into the rejection of the Toronto Purchase claim, which had been previously brought forward and rejected in 1993. Her individual inquiry led to a 1998 conference, where the First Nations community asserted that the crown had failed to disclose the full extent of the surrendered land in the 1805 treaty and that the Mississaugas had no knowledge that the Toronto Islands were part of the purchase. Canada agreed to review the claim and over 10 years later in 2010 provided a settlement to the Mississauga people, to compensate for the unreasonably low price paid as part of the original Purchase treaty, and officially recognized the Mississaugas’ claim to the territory.

Carolyn has continued to emphasize that the land surrounding Toronto is sacred and traditional space of the Mississauga people. In her own words, the Mississauga region “is where our people travelled and settled…we’re still here, we’re still alive and we’re just 70 miles away.” From delivering a lecture entitled “Indians 101: who are the Aboriginal people in Canada today?” to leading a walking tour that discusses the Toronto Islands as a healing retreat of the Anishinabek people, Carolyn has worked closely with numerous organizations to preserve the Mississaugas’ heritage and communicate the history and culture of First Nations in Canada. Her latest project has been to improve the Mississaugas’ mapping of sacred sites or areas of historical importance, an online learning tool for the public. She has been a facilitator and catalyst for heritage preservation, acting as Vice President of the Toronto Historical Association and a member of the Heritage Advisory Committee for Toronto’s Official Plan Review.

She continues to advocate that First Nation peoples should be consulted during new development projects and has assumed this role in a number of projects. Since 2011, she has worked with the Planning With Indigenous Peoples research group at Queen’s University to ensure that the Ontario Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) recognized First Nations peoples in 2014. She has been involved in the review of the Greenbelt Plan, a provincial action plan for land that is traditional Mississaugas territory, and she has been a consultant for the Credit Valley Lakeview Waterfront Environmental Assessment Project.

Her efforts within her community and with multiple other organizations has allowed for the planning of a better future of the Mississaugas. In general, Carolyn has been a key figure in creating cross-cultural conversation and helping to develop a better understanding of First Nations in the Greater Toronto Area.

20th Kilbourn Lecture

steven high portraitWe are delighted to announce that the 20th Kilbourn Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Steven High, Professor of History at Concordia University and a founding member of the school’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. Dr. High’s lecture, “The Deindustrialization of our Sense: A Multi-Sensory Approach to Intangible Heritage” will address the impact of deindustrialization on the urban heritage experience.

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Ticket information

Tickets for the 2016 Heritage Toronto Awards and Kilbourn Lecture are on sale now! Ticketing services are provided by RCM Tickets.

Mayor’s Reception

Alumni Hall, Victoria College, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent, Unit 106

Tickets for this exclusive pre-event cocktail reception include admission to the General Program & Awards Reception, and a $50.00 charitable tax receipt will be issued.

Group (5 of more tickets) ……………. $115.00
Individual …………………………. $125.00

General Program & Awards Reception
7:30 PM

Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College
93 Charles Street West

General Admission …………………… $35.00
Heritage Toronto Member ……………… $25.00
Student ……………………………. $20.00

The Awards Reception will include interactive programming and a silent auction. All proceeds support Heritage Toronto’s programming.

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About the Heritage Toronto Awards & Kilbourn Lecture


Heritage Toronto Awards
The Heritage Toronto Awards celebrates outstanding city builders – individuals, corporations, and community groups – who have woven our shared heritage into the fabric of their work with exceptional results.

Awards categories recognize the best in new books, short publications, architecture and craftsmanship, media, and community heritage volunteer efforts.

Kilbourn Lecture
The Kilbourn Lecture is named for William Kilbourn, an academic, writer, politician, mentor and champion of the arts and humanities who personified the richness of life in Toronto. In his memory, a speaker is chosen each year who will reflect his passion and dedication to our city.  Previous speakers have included David Crombie, Adrienne Clarkson, David Mirvish, Robert Fulford, Ursula Franklin, Peter Oundjian, Cameron Bailey, Chief Bryan Laforme and Gail Dexter Lord.



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