The Promise of Equity: Race, Multiculturalism and Indigenous Education

We are incredibly happy to share the first session in our four-part series: “Opening the Schoolhouse to All”.

If you were unable to join our ZOOM session The Promise of Equity: Race, Multiculturalism and Indigenous Education please CLICK HERE to access the recording and enjoy!

We are thankful to our panelists Natasha Henry, Carl James, Ian Mosby, and Rob Vipond for their insightful talks.

Special thank-you to Funké Aledejebi for chairing the session and facilitating an engaging Q&A.


The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation is thrilled to announce a new series: 



These topics will be taken up in a four-part ZOOM series beginning in November 2020 and will continue in January 2021. The sessions feature presentations and panel discussions on a range of important educational themes. The series, free of charge, and accessible online, is designed for a broad audience interested in the past, present and future of Canadian education. 

All sessions begin at 7 P.M.

For further information on each session please see the Program Brochure.

University/College professors and high school teachers may well want to encourage their students to register for one or more session(s) in the series. 

Registration for the first session is now closed! 


Registration for the second session is now closed! 


Registration for the third session is open! Click here to register. 


Registration for the fourth session is open! Click here to register. 


Feel free to send inquiries to 

Please Enjoy

We are so happy to share our Special Lecture: Remembering VE Day on video!

If you were not able to attend our ZOOM lecture by James Thompson, please CLICK HERE to access the video and enjoy!

Special thank-you to James for his incredible presentation!

V-E Day celebrations, Bay Street
May 7, 1945
Photographer: John H. Boyd
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1266, Item 96241

Friday Fun Fact

Did you know that the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse has operated nearly continuously since it was first built in 1848? And not just as a schoolhouse!

After closing as a schoolhouse in 1859, the space was continuously used as a Parish Hall for Little Trinity Church.

In 1899 it became a Boer War recruitment centre.

In the 1930s it operated as a soup kitchen, serving nearly 1500 people a week.

In the 1960s it became a notable location for performance events and youth programs.

And finally, thanks to architect Eric Arthur and local citizens, it was restored into a museum in 1972.

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Wedding Photography - Toronto Wedding ...

We hope you come and visit our space soon!

Friday Fun Fact

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is located in an area of Toronto named Corktown, but why is it called that?

Located North of the Gardiner and in between Parliament and Don Lands, Corktown became home to many Irish immigrants fleeing to Toronto during the potato famine in the 1840s. Many of the Irish residents came from a country in the South of Ireland called Cork (now Eire).

Corktown is also home to Little Trinity Anglican Church, which is Toronto’s oldest surviving church building, from 1843.

Little Trinity Church (Anglican / Episcopal) .... Toronto,… | Flickr

Friday Fun Fact

Did you know that the same architect who designed the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse also contributed to many other notable buildings in Toronto?

Henry Bowyer Lane was an English architect who came to Toronto in 1843 and began to design some of the city’s most recognizable buildings. You don’t have to go too far from the schoolhouse before you encounter St. Lawrence Market and Osgoode Hall.

Several museums to close in Ford's next city budget - 680 NEWS    Osgoode Hall - Wikipedia

Next time you are at St. Lawrence Market, don’t forget to visit the Market Gallery. This space was designed by Henry and was home of the first City Hall!

Friday Fun Fact

Did you know that August 7th is International Beer Day!?

No only was our beloved Enoch Turner a generous gentleman and advocate for education, he also owned a brewery.

Located at Parliament Street and what is now Front Street, Enoch’s brewery had a stone cellar, a malt kiln, a granary, ice house, stable, kitchen garden, “grapery,” and paddock. At the time, a city plan valued the property at 6,651 pounds (approx. 1.2 million dollars now).

Enoch was regarded as a very giving and compassionate man, which included sharing his beer with his horses at the end of a long day!

Friday Fun Fact

We  know you can’t visit us right now, but we hope you don’t forget about us!

Tune in every Friday in August for our favourite fun facts about Enoch Turner and Toronto’s first public schoolhouse. We hope these will entice you to come and visit us soon.

Enoch Portrait

For now, meet Enoch Turner, a successful business man from Staffordshire, England. Turner moved to Toronto in 1830 and made a lasting impression on our city. He is known for opening a schoolhouse for all, but what many don’t know is that in 1849, he contributed generously to an endowment fund establishing, as a non-denominational institution, what later became the University of Toronto.

We can thank Enoch Turner for his generous contributions to public school in Toronto.

Stay happy and healthy!

Coming Soon! New Lecture Series

Almost everyone attends school in Canada, but struggles around educational access and equity continue to the present day.

A new four-part, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse series, Opening the Schoolhouse to All, explores the historical foundation of current policies linked to race, gender and disability in the classroom. A final session on higher education probes the purpose and value of liberal education. Scheduled speakers include Carl James, Jean Augustine Chair in Education at York University; Margaret Spoelstra, President, Autism Ontario; Lorna Marsden, President Emerita, York University; and Kathleen Wynne, former premier of Ontario.

The series begins in November 2020 and concludes in January 2021.

Check back for more details soon!