School Programs

Through our educational programming, we hope to encourage lifelong learning and creativity. Our programs are designed to be inclusive and accessible for students of all needs and ages. Running between one and two hours, each of our curriculum-based programs allows students to explore and discuss North Vancouver through hands-on learning and activities.

Elementary

North Vancouver: Then and Now

Grades 2 and 3
Classroom Kit

Take the Museum into your classroom! Students work as ‘Photo Detectives’ to analyze historic and modern images and consider the changes that have taken place in their community over time.

Also Available in French.

Port History through Cartoons and Games

Grades 2 to 5
Online

Join Buster Bear in exploring North Vancouver and its harbour. Through games, cartoons, and colouring sheets, find out about Moodyville, our early stevedores and port operations past and present.

The Chief Dan George Story

Grades 3-4
Classroom Kit

Explore the life and legacy of səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Chief Dan George, including the significance of his acting career, activism and efforts to preserve local Indigenous traditions culture.

Climbing to the Clouds: A People’s History of BC Mountaineering

Grades 4-9
Online

Through the recordings and photographs of BC mountaineers, this kit explores the unique topic of mountaineering while focusing on related historical, Indigenous, recreation, conservation and arts topics.

Available in French.

Indigenous Peoples in North Vancouver

Grades 4-7
Classroom Kit

This book and education kit explore significant aspects of traditional and contemporary səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) histories, traditions, and cultures. (Available in French or English)

Squamish Community: Our People and Places

Grades 3, 4 and 5
Classroom Kit or Online

‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’ Using archival photographs featuring Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) people and places, students explore this community’s Indigenous history.

Secondary

Chief Dan George: Actor & Activist

Grade 9 – 12
Online

Students will explore the life and legacy of səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Chief Dan George through video, primary source texts and archival images. The lesson plans will allow for a critical assessment of his historical significance as well as a discussion of modern perspectives of his ‘Lament for Confederation’.

Native – Newcomer Relations: Case Studies in Contact, Colonialism & Resistance

Grades 10-12
Classroom Kit

Secondary level students will critically analyze both archival and contemporary newspaper articles relating to Aboriginal rights and land title in British Columbia. This program presents the story of native activism in the mid-twentieth century through the lens of one individual (Maisie Hurley, 1887-1962), founder of the Native Voice newspaper.

Indigenous Peoples in North Vancouver

Grades 8 -12
Classroom Kit

This book and education kit explore significant aspects of traditional and contemporary səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) histories, traditions, and cultures. (Available in French or English)

Covid- 19

To pick up kits, teachers should:

  • Schedule drop-off and pick-up times to accommodate safe physical distancing.
  • Wear masks inside the building and keep 2 metres apart.
  • Review kit contents when picking up to avoid excessive handling by staff.

  • Complete a loan form for each kit. (Covid safe paper/pen provided.)
  • Pay by cheque or credit card only. (Refundable damage deposit of $50 and a $30 loan fee. )

Kits are isolated for a minimum of 3 days between uses.

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