\` 2018 BCSSTA Conference - October 19, 2018 - Vancouver, BC

Teaching the History and Experiences of Working People in BC

This workshop introduces the use of audio/visual and print 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 include teaching ideas appropriate for Social Studies 9 and 10, Social Studies 11 Explorations and Social Justice 12 as well as discussion on how the materials relate to the new curriculum competencies. The workshop will feature the new BC Labour History Walking tour app; additional  resources include 30 vignettes on Working People in BC produced by the Knowledge Network as well as other DVDs on labour history. An additional set of lessons prepared for the WorksafeBC DVD are also available The workshop will feature hands on experience with the materials through the TeachBC portal and the Labour Heritage Centre. All teaching materials and ideas have been produced 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. Participants are encouraged to bring a device to access the web-based resources of this workshop.


Participants should bring good walking shoes and dress appropriately for the day’s weather conditions. We will leave the school and travel to downtown Vancouver by Skytrain for the tour, weather permitting. In the event of bad weather we will conduct a virtual tour in the Library.

Target Audience

Grade 9-12 Social Studies Teachers


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Room Walking Tour -- meeting in the Library first, dress for the weather, going outside.

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  • Wayne Axford

    I am the Program Manager for Global Solutions in British Columbia and a “mostly retired” Social Studies Teacher and Department Head from the Burnaby School District. I have been directly involved with a number of curriculum and assessment projects in BC over my teaching career. I am excited about this latest project, working with Global Solutions to bring the tools and resources to support deeper learning in our subject area.

  • Bailey Garden

    Bailey Garden is the Project Manager for the BC Labour History Walking tour app