BC Social Studies Teachers' Association

2019 BCSSTA Conference

Sharing Lands and Reconciling Narratives

 October 25, 2019
  Vancouver, BC
Friday October 25, 2019
Vancouver Technical Secondary

Our Conference Theme this year is:

Sharing Lands and Reconciling Narratives




Please note that registrations made after Tuesday October 22nd will not have pre-made name tags, blank badges will be provided at the registration table Friday Morning.

 Workshop Proposals 


Potential Sponsors should contact Greg Neumann


The BCSSTA is proud to announce our Keynote speaker for 2019: Ryan McMahon

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Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker and community activator from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory. As the founder & CEO of Makoons Media Group, Ryan brings Indigenous stories to light through conversations, research & investigation. He provides audiences with an in-depth, challenging analysis of the Indigenous experience & the reconciliation movement. Ryan inspires audiences to play their part in building a more equitable country.

One of the most decorated Indigenous comedians/writers/media makers working today, Ryan McMahon’s voice has become vital to both Indigenous & non-Indigenous communities – his comedic storytelling style is fast-paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indigenous Country & the mainstream.

Recognized as one of Indian Country’s most decorated stand up comedians, Ryan has recorded 5 national comedy specials since 2010 (Turtle Island Too (CBC TV, 2010), UnReserved (CBC TV, 2012), Red Man Laughing (CBC Radio 1, 2015), CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival (Hystereotypes (2011), Good Neighbour (2014). He’s appeared at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival a number of times and tours North America independently. McMahon’s special, “ “Ryan McMahon – UnReserved,” made him the first Native comedian to ever record a one-hour mainstream comedy special. McMahon’s comedy is irreverent, boundary-pushing, and forward-looking as it investigates the good, the bad and the ugly between the collision of Indian Country and the mainstream.

Ryan has written for The Globe and Mail, VICE, the New York Times, and the CBC. Currently, Ryan and his team at Transatlantic (Samantha Haywood & Stephanie Sinclair) are getting set to shop a few projects to publishers, including a book (“A 12 Step Program For Decolonization In Canada – A Seriously Funny Investigation Into Canada’s Addiction to Colonialism.”) based on the RTDNA 2018 award-winning radio series, 12 Steps To Decolonization, that McMahon created, wrote and performed for CBC Radio 1’s flagship show, Day 6 With Brent Bambury in the summer of 2017.

McMahon’s podcasts, Red Man Laughing and Stories From The Land, have garnered over a million and a half downloads over the last handful of years. His podcasting, documentary and digital storytelling are an extension of the Indigenous radio storytelling tradition and has been a part of a new and exciting Indigenous storytelling community that embraces the collision between the internet, technology and storytelling.

He’s the CEO of the Makoons Media Group and is currently building the world’s only independent Indigenous media platform, Indian & Cowboy, which is committed to digital publishing and the internet.

 Friday October 25 Conference Day Schedule at Van Tech Secondary:

8:00 – 8:45am Registration & Package Pick up Exhibitor Hall and Registration Desks
8:45 – 9:00am Opening Statements & Introduction of Executive Main Auditorium
9:00 –   10:15am Ryan McMahon Keynote including Q&A Main Auditorium
10:15 – 10:30am Movement to Workshops Exhibitor Hall and Classrooms
10:30 – 12:00pm Morning Workshop Sessions Classrooms
12:00pm -1:15pm Lunch & AGM Cafeteria, Staff Cafeteria (AGM) and Exhibitor Hall
1:15pm –   2:45pm Afternoon Workshop Sessions Classrooms
2:50pm – 3:00pm Closing and Prize Draw Main Auditorium
Apres Social  


MORNING 10:30am-12:00PM

AFTERNOON 1:15- 2:45