e Annual General Meeting of ARFL will be held Friday, November 10, 2017 in the Harry Crowe Room at Atkinson.  The meeting will commence at 11:00 am, with coffee and tea being served beginning at 10:30.  In addition to reports from Executive officers, members will be asked to elect members of the Executive for 2017-18.  As has been customary, the meeting will be followed by lunch and a guest speaker. We hope to see you all there!!!

Our Speaker this year is Keren Rice, University of Toronto speaking on:


The Importance of Indigenous Languages   ARFL Speaker Information for November 10, 2017 Also reproduced below in part from our Newsletter.

Gots’udi ní̜dé Dene xedə́ t’áodéʔa: Indigenous Language Resilience in Canada



In December 2015, the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was released, containing 94 Calls to Action, some of which involve language. In this talk, I start with the Calls for Action, and then review what happened in the decades leading to these calls, focusing on government, Indigenous institutions, and local community initiatives.  I discuss what it takes to effect change, and speculate on what the future might look like.


Keren Rice is a University Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. She is currently Chair of the Department of Linguistics and served the past two years as Interim Director of the Centre for Indigenous Studies, and she was founding director of the latter.

Keren Rice’s theoretical work is in the areas of phonology and morphology. She is concerned with variation in phonology, asking questions about markedness, contrast, and the role of universal substantive features in phonology. She has long been involved in research with speakers of Dene languages in the Sahtú region of the Northwest Territories of Canada, and she has contributed to the understanding of these languages. She has been involved in work on language revitalization, and has written on fieldwork and the ethics of fieldwork.



General Meeting May 5, 2017

The General Meeting will take place on Friday, May 5th,  2017 in the Founders Senior Common Room (305 Founders College).

  • Coffee at 10:30 am
  • Meeting begins at 11:00 am
  • Lunch at 12:00 pm
  • Speaker at 1:00 pm (See below for background on our speaker and his topic)

 May 5, 2017, Agenda ARFL General Meeting

Prof. Malcolm Thurlby:

The lecture will be on the architectural patronage of John Medley, Bishop of Fredericton NB, 1845-92. Attention is paid to his passion for the close study of English medieval churches and the use of these sources in the design of the churches in his diocese.

Prof. Malcolm Thurlby

He has a PhD in the History of Art from the University of East Anglia (1976).

Thurlby specializes in Medieval Art and Architecture. He taught at Queen’s University, Concordia University and the University of Winnipeg before coming to York in 1984. He is the author of four books and over 150 articles on Medieval Art and Architecture throughout Europe, and on Canadian architecture. On the latter, 16 articles are on churches in Hamilton, Ontario, and vicinity for the website Raise the Hammer; they aim at raising awareness of heritage buildings in a much wider forum than in academic journals.

ARFL General Meeting

The ARFL Annual General Meeting will take place in the Harry Crowe Room at 11 am (11:02) on November 11th. 2016. Coffee will be served from 10 am on. Lunch will be served at 12:30pm.

Our speaker this year is  Dr. Baiju Shah from Sunnybrook Hospital who will speak on “Diabetes in Ontario: Who, where and why.” Dr. Baiju Shah  MD PhD FRCPC, Senior Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. Head, Division of Endocrinology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

We look forward to all of you joining us there.

Below are some documents for your perusal.

2016 AGM Agenda

2016 Presidents Report to the AGM

2016 Treasurers Report


2015-2016-Review-ARFL Balance-Sheets