“BC History: The Stories of Working People”

Join author and former Labour Journalist, Rod Mickleburgh as he recounts the stories of prominent figures of BC’s history who led the struggles to improve the working conditions and lives of everyday people.  The selections of stories will be drawn from the history that is reflected in the Social Studies 9/10 curriculums. These stories will be supported with resources and activities that will provide an overview of classroom and on-line learning resources 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 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 ongoing. The materials are freely available through the Labour Heritage Centre website and the TeachBC portal.

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10:20 AM - 11:20 AM

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  • 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. 

  • Rod Mickleburgh

    Rod Mickleburgh was a journalist for more than 40 years, including more than 10 years as a labour reporter and spent 23 years with the Globe and Mail, before retiring in 2013. He has written or co-written three books: Rare Courage recounting the experience of World War II veterans, The Art of the Impossible about BC's first NDP movement headed by Dave Barrett, which won the BC Book Prize, and most recently, On the Line, the first comprehensive history of the BC labour movement. This book won the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness.