Since 1994, the Institute has presented annually the prestigious Charles R. Bronfman Lecture in Canadian Studies. This lecture is designed to bring into focus a leading personality who has made a significant contribution to the study of Canada. Over the years, the Bronfman lectures have transitioned towards highlighting the voices of Indigenous Peoples from across Canada, in accordance with the mandate of the IIRS.
We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded.
We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home.
We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future.