Talks on a wide range of topics are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Thunder Bay Museum from September to April. Light refreshments are served after the speaker’s presentation. Please note that members of the Thunder Bay Museum receive advance notice of all lectures.

2020 Thunder Bay Museum lecture series is sponsored by:


(Sponsored by Lakehead University, Department of History)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 8:00pm

Speaker: Riley Yesno

Topic: “Indigenous Women in Canada and MMIWG (Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls)”

Riley Yesno

Riley Yesno is an Anishinaabe woman from Eabametoong First Nation who grew up in Thunder Bay, ON. She currently attends The University of Toronto studying Indigenous Studies and Political Science. From 2017 to 2019 Riley acted as a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council where she provided advice to the Prime Minister and members of the federal government, among others. She has worked with Indigenous leaders across the country on a First Nation’s Self-Determination advisory board, and has spent the past two summers working with Nishnawbe Aski Nation under their executive council. Riley also works closely with grassroots organizations such as Neechee Studios in Thunder Bay, offering free art programming to Indigenous youth. 

Riley has participated in over 100 panels, workshops, and conferences; including a young women’s panel at the UN Conference on Climate Change’s 24th Conference of the Parties in Katowice, Poland, the Institute on Governance’s Nation-to-Nation Dialogue Series, and the Rotary Club’s International Conference. She has given a keynote address in Stockholm, Sweden, at the World Forum on Gender Equality, and has delivered a TEDx talk on Canadian identity. Riley is a part-time writer and has contributed to major Canadian media outlets including Maclean’s and the Toronto Star, where she primarily covers youth, and Indigenous issues. She hopes that through story-telling and building relationships she can contribute in her own way to building a better place for future generations to call home.


For more information about Ms. Yesno visit her website at:


The lecture series takes a break for the spring and summer and resume in September.


Just a few of the topics covered in the past include:

Sept 2018: Michael Moir: James Fraser Paige and the Rise of the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company

Oct 2018: Douglas Hunter: Beardmore – The Viking Hoax that Rewrote History

Nov 2018: Sean Smith: “This treaty has been wrinkled for more than 100 years” (Treaty 9 at Archives of Ontario)

Jan 2019: Student session: Nick Duplessis, Jasmine Hyslop, Holly Fleming, Hudson Kunicky

Feb 2019: John Stephenson, on the construction and architecture of grain elevators.

Mar 2019: Nathan Hatton, on injuries in sports. Special May 2019: Mark Kuhlberg: “Where Have All the Abitibis Gone – Comparing the History of Pulp and Paper in Canada and Finland”

Sept 2019: Krista McCracken: “Reclaiming Place: Community History at the Shingwauk Residential School Site”

Oct 2019: David Kemp: “No 2 Elementary Flying Training School – Fort William’s contribution to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan”

Nov 2019: Students session: Mary Francis Maarup, Sarah Somerville, Jennifer Blenkarn

Jan 2020: Greg Wright: “Timbers, Textiles, Traditions: The Story of North House Folk School”

Feb 2020: John Mason: “Northwestern Ontario: A Mining Powerhouse”