PART 1: Resources for Inquiry: Ethnicity, Gender and Social Class-The stories and contributions of working people in the early history of British Columbia AND PART 2: BC Labour History Walking Tour

This session, led by Wayne Axford, is a 2-part session beginning as a sit-down workshop at the Vancouver SFU campus (Room 1530) and continuing with a guided tour around the downtown area including the Trade and Convention centre.

Part 1 will build on the Knowledge Network Series “British Columbia: An Untold History” and "Working People: A History of British Columbia. 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 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 available in both English and French, 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.  A WiFi enabled device and earbuds will be an asset for this session.

Part 2: The afternoon session will be a guided tour around the downtown area exploring places of interest to learn more about labour history in the city of Vancouver and British Columbia. The walk will feature points of information about workplace safety, asbestos in the workplace, significant contributions of labour leaders and working people in the history of Vancouver and British Columbia as well as  visits to sites of historical significance. The outdoor experience will build on the understanding of the roles of working people in the growth and development of Vancouver and in BC that are covered in the morning session.  Good walking shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather that may be encountered around the waterfront is suggested.

Target Audience


To Bring/Important Notes

A laptop or tablet, with headphones, is needed to access the internet and watch workshop videos for Part 1.


10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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This workshops is held offsite at Jack Poole Plaza - 1075 Canada Pl - Vancouver, BC - V6C 3L5 - Canada


  • BC Labour Heritage Centre
    Wayne Axford

    Wayne is the Education Consultant for the BC Labour Heritage Centre. He is also a retired Social Studies teacher and Department Head from the Burnaby School District. Wayne is a long serving member of the BCSSTA executive.