“BC History: The Voice of Working People”

This Zoom based workshop will provide an overview of classroom and on-line learning resources that will help the teacher guide their students through some key moments in the development of British Columbia from the 19th into the 20th Century. The lesson materials reflect the learning standards, curriculum competencies and content of the current Social Studies curriculum.

The materials are in multiple formats. Print documents are ready for use and can be easily modified by the teacher to meet particular curricular and student needs. The lessons incorporate a wide variety of photographic and other primary/secondary documents. Many of the lessons utilize short videos from the Working People: A History of British Columbia series. Recent lessons have been developed around the role of Indigenous peoples and the translation of lessons into French is underway. The materials are freely available through the Labour Heritage Centre website and the TeachBC portal.

Target Audience

Secondary Social Studies teachers


W15 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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  • Wayne Axford

    Wayne Axford is a retired Social Studies teacher and Department Head from the Burnaby School District and occasionally explores TTOC’ing to keep himself active in the changing world of BC’s education climate.  He is an education consultant with the Labour Heritage Centre.

  • Sarah Purdy

    Sarah Purdy is a Social Studies teacher at Byrne Creek Secondary in Burnaby and teaches a variety of Social Studies courses including Social Justice 12 and History 12. She is a member of the Labour History Education Working group and has authored a number of lessons including a unit for Social Justice 12 and recent materials on the role of Indigenous Labour in early BC