Resources for Inquiry: Ethnicity, Gender and Social Class-The stories and contributions of working people in the early history of British Columbia

The session will build on the Knowledge Network Series “British Columbia: An Untold History” and "Working People: A History of British Columbia. The stories of prominent figures of BC’s history who led the struggles to improve the working conditions and lives of everyday people will be featured.  The selections will be drawn from the history that is reflected in the Social Studies 9/10 curriculums. These stories will be supported with resources and activities that will provide an overview of classroom and on-line learning resources that will help the teacher guide their students through key moments in the development of British Columbia from the 19th into the 20th Century. The lesson materials available in both English and French reflect the learning standards, curriculum competencies and content of the current Social Studies curriculum; The materials are freely available through the Labour Heritage Centre website and the TeachBC portal.

Target Audience

Secondary school teachers (Gr 8-12)

To Bring/Important Notes

A wifi enabled device will enhance the resource sharing of this session. 


1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

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  • BC Labour Heritage Centre
    Wayne Axford

    Wayne is the Education Consultant for the BC Labour Heritage Centre. He is a retired social studies teacher/department head from the Burnaby School District. He continues to be an active executive member of the BCSSTA.