2018 Fall Seminars - Sept 18th & 25th - Scroll down to see second seminar

Seminars are offered in addition to the annual lecture program schedule and provide an opportunity for an in-depth coverage of a specific subject and /or issue.  Some seminars are offered following the spring and/or the fall lecture series shortly after the series have completed are usually on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. There is no homework in connection with seminars, but some attendees continue with their own research and reading after hearing the discussions and questions raised.  The cost of these seminars is included in the annual payment fee of $85.00 for your DLL subscription.


Location :  Whitby Public Library   Central Branch Rm 1 A/B    

Subject:  "We are all Treaty People" 



Seminar - Tues. - Sept. 18th -  1:00 - 3:00 pm

A citizen of the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation, where his grandfather Moses Muskrat Marsden was Chief from 1905-09, Maurice lives in North Bay where he is the principal of Nimkii Communications, a public education practice with a focus on the Treaty Relationship.  Since June 2016 he has been an appointee to the Ontario Human Rights Commission.  He was the first Indigenous student at Trent University and the first Indigenous publisher of a Canadian daily newspaper. From 1979 to 1981 he was managing editor of the Oshawa Times. He also served as director of communications for the Assembly of First Nations and the Union of Ontario Indians.  Maurice is an adjunct professor in the department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Sudbury, and a member of the Sons of Jacob congregation in North Bay.

Presentation synopsis:  "We are all Treaty People"

Most Canadians do not understand that they enjoy the rights of treaties made between newcomers to Canada and First Nations. These agreements are still in force and protected by Canada's Constitution and the rule of law.

Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples -- as pledged by all federal and provincial government leaders -- cannot be achieved until citizens accept the responsibilities of treaty promises that made possible the peaceful settlement of Canada.

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Location :  Whitby Public Library   Central Branch Rm 1 A/B    
Seminar - Tues. - Sept. 25th -  1:00 - 3:00 pm



"Music as a tool for relaxation and meditation" 

Speaker:  Ted Brankston

Ted Brankston was born and raised in Toronto. He began the study of the clarinet and saxophone with Frank Urhen at the age of fourteen. His main interest at that time was in High School music and in Dance Bands. During his university years, music was kept to a minimum especially during medical school that was completed at Queen's University in 1976. In 1983, Ted undertook a serious study of the saxophone with Canada's renowned Paul Brodie. Since then, Ted has completed several Royal Conservatory examinations in Toronto and performed in many solo concert recitals. There have been many engagements with the Oshawa Symphony, both as a guest soloist and as a member of the Orchestra. The nine-year experience with Mr. Brodie culminated with a solo performance at the 10th World Saxophone Congress in Pesaro, Italy. On this occasion, it was Ted's honour and privilege to perform the world premiere of Srul Irving Glick's Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano.

In addition to his involvement in classical music, Ted has a keen interest in jazz. To this extent, he has been a member of the saxophone section of the Durham Big Band. This group has played locally as well as at several venues such as the Beaches Jazz Festival. More recently, Ted has initiated the formation of the Indigo Jazz Trio with Paul Grecco and Doug Matthews.

Currently, Ted Brankston is engaged in the full-time family practice at the Courtice Health Centre near Oshawa, Ontario.

Presentation synopsis:

The seminar will focus on how rhythmic breathing techniques using slow-tempo music can be an effective tool for relaxation and meditation purposes. There will be numerous opportunities for audience participation.