The History of Indigenous Labour In BC: The Importance of Teaching About It

In this workshop, we will be introduced to the history of First Nation involvement in the colonial economy in B.C. and the roots of activism and resistance.  Indigenous labour leaders and their attempts to organise will be  discussed.  The lessons of the Labour History Project will be profiled in this session with a focus on the recenty published lesson" Indigenous Workers in the Early History of British Columbia" developed for the new Social Studies 9 curriculum.

Target Audience

Secondary Social Studies Grade 9/10

Sessions

Friday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Room 403

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Friday 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
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Presenter

  • Sarah Purdy

    Sarah Purdy (settler) has been working in the Burnaby school district for 17 years teaching History 12, Social Justice 12, Law 12 and Social Studies 8-10.  She has been a member of the Labour History Project for many years, working together with the team on teacher friendly resources to use in the classroom for labour history.

  • Carolyn Sousa

    Carolyn works as an Indigenous Helping Teacher for Surrey Schools, and has worked in Indigenous Education since 2001. Each summer, Carolyn finds joy teaching two 20th Century World History 12 classes for Surrey School’s Summer Learning. In the past, Carolyn has worked as a First Nations Counselor and taught Social Studies 8-11, English 11, Foods 8-10, and Culinary Arts 10.

     

    Carolyn has mixed lineage: half-Icelandic (paternal); and Swedish, Welsh, British, Scottish, and Lummi First Nation (maternal).