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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Free Lecture - Elder Paul Ritchie


History & heritage Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation
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Thunder Bay Museum

425 Donald St E

Thunder Bay, ON



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Please join the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society for a lecture from Elder Paul Ritchie on Residential Schools and Healing. This lecture is presented in partnership with Fort William First Nation.

This will be a in-person event that is free to view. The lecture will be broadcast live via ZOOM for those who cannot attend in-person and recorded and posted to the Museum's YouTube at a later date.


Elder Paul Ritchie will be speaking on the history of Residential and Day Schools and their lasting impacts on all the peoples of Canada. He will also be exploring the need for healing and how everyone, Indigenous peoples and settlers, can work together on reconciliation.

Speaker Bio:

Elder Paul Ritchie is originally from Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation in Southern Ontario but now lives in the North and has been happily married to a Northern woman for the last 44 years. Elder Paul Ritchie has been practicing traditional work for the last 50 years.

Free Museum Admission during the event

Refreshments will be available

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Thunder Bay Museum


The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society was created in 1908 to preserve and interpret the history of Northwestern Ontario through lectures, publications, the erection of monuments and plaques, and the preservation of documents.

Among the Society’s many accomplishments in its early years, was the publication of a long series of valuable historical reports and the construction of a monument to the original Fort William fur trading post at the foot of McTavish Street in Thunder Bay. It was unveiled in 1916 by our founding father, Peter McKellar.


The Society’s mandate has always been to serve both the city and district of Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, and to preserve the history of the entire region. Today an active, efficient organization has assumed responsibilities far beyond those undertaken by its founders. The Society operates as a museum, an archives, and a historical society, and offers a wide range of programs and services in each area. Feel free to contact us for further information about any of our programs, services, or memberships.


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