Chief Dan George: Actor & Activist

Grades 9-12


Students come to know səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Chief Dan George through historical photographs, images of his belongings, video footage, and his writing. They discover how his acting career helped change the image of Indigenous people in the media and how his activism raised awareness of Indigenous rights in Canada.

Your students will:

  • Analyse primary source evidence to assess historical significance
  • Discuss the ‘Lament to Confederation’ and consider modern perspectives on the piece
  • Watch a unique video about Chief Dan George produced by the NVMA.

Big Ideas:

  • Socials Studies: Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies (Grade 9). World views lead to different perspectives and ideas about developments in Canadian society (Grade 10) Historical and contemporary injustices challenge the narrative and identity of Canada as an inclusive, multicultural society. (Grade 10).
  • Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12: Indigenous peoples are reclaiming mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being despite the continuing effects of colonialism. Indigenous peoples continue to advocate and assert rights to self-determination.