Potlatch Blanket for a China Man

Previously omitted/silenced voices resonate with the new curriculum. Learn to unite, amplify, customize, and implement.

In this interactive session, participants will:

  • identify what they know about the purpose, power, and significance of “story”
  • receive an overview of Potlatch Blanket for a China Man (Lee, 2019)
  • recognize that Potlatch Blanket for a China Man represents the silenced/omitted narratives of marginalized peoples and these stories are part of the social fabric of the times and circumstances
  • examine scenes as exemplars of Social Studies 11 & 12 Big Ideas
  • demonstrate & model core competencies of inquiry to interrogate the text (Potlatch Blanket for a China Man) and other records (content – archival, colonialism, contemporary issues, etc. )
  • transfer and apply these processes to popular narratives (as time permits)

Participants will receive a unit plan applicable to Social Studies 11 (Explorations) and/or Social Studies 12 (BC First Peoples, Comparative Culture, Social Justice) based upon Potlatch Blanket for a China Man and linked to supporting materials.

Target Audience

Teachers of grade 11, 12. Also of general interest.


Friday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Room 220

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  • Mary Lindsay

    In earlier iterations, Mary has been an educator: K to 12 classroom teacher, specialist teacher, school psychologist, and university professor (Aboriginal issues, human development, Special Education). Her doctoral studies focused on stories and their roles in conflict situations.

    Currently, she is the curator for AzimuthBooks. Potlatch Blanket for a China Man was written under her Chinese family name – Mei-Li Lee.

    Mary/Mei-Li is a first generation Chinese-Canadian. Her father immigrated to Canada from China at the beginning of the twentieth century and was forced to pay the discriminatory Head Tax. Her mother did not leave China until 1948 when the Exclusion Act was repealed and less restrictive entry of Chinese into Canada permitted.

    These experiences inform, shape and colour her worldview.