The Huronia Speakers Bureau offers a range of pre-defined topics and presentation styles that can be 'mixed & matched' to suit the needs of your specific event.
INSTITUTIONAL LIFE | Survivors share personal histories of institutionalization, including routine experiences of humiliation, exploitation, and violence. They may share their moments of building community and demonstrating resistance while incarcerated.
COMMUNITY LIVING | Speakers present conditions and obstacles related to social integration since the Huronia Regional Centre closed. They may consider structural, architectural, and attitudinal ableism that persists notwithstanding deinstitutionalization.
LEGAL ACTION | Speakers present political activism and legal work accomplished to seek justice for fellow survivors. They may share their experiences reaching a multi-million dollar settlement with the government of Ontario and the subsequent claims process for seeking compensation for harm.
LIVING WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY | Survivors share their personal experiences living with difference, including and especially their experience of structural and social barriers.
Presentation Style Options
KEYNOTE ADDRESS | 1-2 speakers present to an audience for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour, concluding with a brief question and answer period.
ROUNDTABLE | 2-4 speakers each present for approximately 10-15 minutes, concluding with a lengthy question and answer period.
WORKSHOP | 2-4 speakers each present for approximately 10-15 minutes, concluding with an audience-engaged activity.
FILM VIEWING | Recordings of speaker presentations are available for download.
CABARET PERFORMANCE | 2-4 speakers each present theatrical performances, each 5-10 minutes long.