Award-winning writer Joseph Boyden gave the inaugural Principal’s Lecture on Contemporary Indigenous Issues as part of the 2016 King's Hour Lecture series. The lecture took place on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in the Joanne and Peter Kenny Theatre.

Best known for his books Three Day Road, Through Black Spruce, which won the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and The Orenda, which was named the winner of CBC Radio’s Canada Reads 2014, Joseph Boyden’s writing career has had a strong focus on the historical and contemporary experience of First Nations peoples.

His work reflects the perils and inner strengths of marginalized groups, with a common theme around the inequality of the Native people. He has a passion to help those Aboriginals who struggle against respect and equality.

Prior to the King's Hour Lecture, a reception was held in Labatt Hall to unveil the Angel Band Stained Glass Mobile, which was generously donated to King's by renowned artist Ted Goodden.

Following the lecture, Joseph was available to sign books at a meet and greet reception.

The King's Hour is...

  • A series of culturally and academically engaging events of common interest to the entire King’s community
  • A conversation that will begin in the King’s Hour and continue into the classroom and beyond
  • A collection of relevant and timely issues of importance to our community and society as a whole