“BC History: The Voice of Working People”: The role of the Indigenous people in the Early History of British Columbia

This workshop introduces the use of resources to familiarize students with the work and life experiences of British Columbians during its history from early Aboriginal workers to the present day. The lesson materials are appropriate for grade 9 and 10 social studies and includes an entire unit on labour history/studies developed for the Social Justice 12 course. The resources include 30 vignettes (each two to three minutes) on Working People in BC produced by the Knowledge Network as well as numerous other DVDs on labour history. This session will focus on the lessons "First Economies and "Bows and Arrows". All teaching materials and ideas have been produced by BC teachers as part of the Labour History Project, a joint initiative of the BC Teachers’ Federation and the BC Labour Heritage Centre. Participants will be provided with sample hard copies of the lessons, available DVDs and information about on-line access to materials. Information on resources available in French will also be addressed at the session.

Target Audience

Grades 9-12


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Room 218

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  • Wayne Axford

    Wayne is the past-president of the BCSSTA and a mostly retired teacher from the Burnaby School District. He has served as a Department Head and has been involved in a number of provincial curriculum and assessment projects. He is the education liaison for the Labour History Centre.

  • John Decaire

    John is a member of the Labour History Project Education workgroup and has contributed lessons on the Working People of British Columbia as well as developing lessons and resource materials to support the Day of Mourning commemoration in Public Schools. He currently teaches at Semiahmoo Secondary.