Confederation Centre of the Arts preserves heritage and history while celebrating cultural values through programming such as the Symons Medal and Lecture Series, Young Company performances, and the Confederation Players. In the last two years, the Centre has increased the number of young Canadians who perform as Fathers and Ladies of Confederation through the Players program.

Professor Thomas H. B. Symons, C.C., O.Ont., LL.D., D.U., D. Litt., D. Cn.L., F.R.S.C., F.R.G.S.

2016 Symons Lecture by Antonine Maillet - Click here to watch

The Symons Medal and Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation provides a national platform for a distinguished Canadian to discuss the current state and future prospects of Confederation. It provides all Canadians an opportunity to reflect upon their country and its future. The Medal Ceremony and Lecture is held each fall in Charlottetown to mark the meetings of the Fathers of Confederation in 1864.

The lecture honours Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a supporter and board member of the Confederation Centre for many years. Professor Symons, the founding President of Trent University in Ontario, is widely recognized for his work in the field of Canadian Studies, in particular in the areas of public policy, heritage and education.

It is the mandate of Confederation Centre of the Arts, Canada’s national memorial to the founding of Confederation, to inspire Canadians to celebrate, through heritage and the arts, the founding and evolution of Canadian Confederation. Confederation Centre brings this mandate to life by celebrating Canadian creativity in the performing and visual arts on its stages and in its galleries, by its arts education, and by public policy initiatives such as the Symons Medal and Lecture.

Upper foyer, Confederation Centre of the Arts  |  FREE admission  |  Open year round  

Explore The Story of Confederation at the striking new replica of Province House’s  Confederation Chamber. “A Building of Destiny” explains in video format the significance  of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference and nearby Province House National Historic Site. 

Look for the Confederation Players around the grounds of both buildings as they interpret the roles of the founding fathers and stories of Canada’s birthplace. Also check out the interpretive panels and Explora – the official Parks Canada Province House app – to learn more about the events surrounding the founding of Canada. Visit The Story of Confederation website for more info and hours of operation.