Resources for Inquiry: Ethnicity, Gender and Social Class-The stories of working peoples 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”.  Through the lenses of ethnicity, gender and social class, 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 history that are reflected in the Social Studies 9/10 curriculums. These stories will be supported with resources and activities suitable for individual or small group inquiry studies 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 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. *French language versions of the lessons are available for the topics covered in this workshop.

Target Audience

Secondary school teachers


Friday 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Room EDB 8620.1

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  • BC Labour Heritage Centre
    Wayne Axford

    Wayne is a retired Social Studies Department head from the Burnaby School District and is the Education consultant for the Labour Heritage Centre. He is also a long-time member of the BCSSTA executive currently serving as past-President.