Our Ancestors, Our Families
The Land is Our Home
Our Words, Our Stories
Honouring Our Ways
Land, People, and Identity Students explore the diversity of British Columbia’s peoples as shaped by the traditional territories where they reside.
Trade: Conflict and Cooperation Students explore the interactions between First Peoples and Europeans during the coastal fur trade, and investigate whether First Peoples were equal partners in the trade networks that connected the coast to the world in the 1700s.
Judging the Impact Students explore how the influx of European settlement and changes to the landscape impacted First Peoples, and determine what the consequences of those changes are.
Changes and Consequences Students explore the ways in which important events have shaped British Columbia and will investigate why British Columbia joined Canada and how it impacts the relationship between First Peoples and government.
How We Remember Students will investigate the Chilcotin War of 1864 to explore how the same event can take on a very different level of importance for different people. They will also investigate other events from the past to determine their significance from a First People's perspective.
Making Responsible Choices about the Land Students explore the uses of land from a variety of perspectives and consider solutions to the question of how resources and land should be used responsibly in British Columbia.
O Canada, or O Canadas?
Our Home and Native Land?
True Patriot Love?
From Far and Wide?
Glorious and Free?
Does Canada Stand on Guard for Thee?
People and Places Students explore the concept of place — their own and others’ — the intersection of land, culture, history, and individual lives; how can boundaries both establish place and become a source of conflict?
Media, You, and the World Students explore the roles of media and communication technologies, good and bad; does media serve our interests and build common understanding?
Let’s End Poverty Students explore the causes and consequences of poverty; how can we work together to achieve a more equal world for everyone?
On the Move Students explore the movement of people, especially to cities; what are the causes and consequences of human relocation and migration?
Going Global Students explore how globalization has brought us closer together, for better and worse; what happens when our self-interests conflict with our need to cooperate for survival; must we further the interests of others in order to further our own?
Pathways to Peace Students explore why humans enter into conflict; what is the role of governmental organizations, NGOs, and groups representing indigenous peoples in building peace?
This course examines the early developments of human cultures around the world, the challenges early peoples faced, and the foundational developments that endure today.
The Human Story
This topic explains why and how we study history, connecting students’ lives to the past and helping them to see the past in the present. Includes: ways of knowing, oral history, worldviews, and perspectives. The topic begins with the student, asking: What makes your story? What makes you human? This connects “the story of me” to the human story.
Students explore how human cultures reveal “what it means to be human.” Includes: the common features of human cultures; Indigenous Peoples (“from time immemorial”), human diversity, anthropological origins, features and characteristics of cultures and civilizations, and how cultures survive, thrive, and sometimes disappear.
A Place in the World
Students explore the impact of the land/place on culture. Includes: climate, landforms, natural resources; wayfinding, and mapmaking.
Students explore material culture—the artifacts, technology, and architecture of ancient cultures—and study what this reveals about those cultures, what it tells us about the challenges people faced, and how they solved problems.
Ways of Believing
Students explore the common human need to formulate and express belief systems. Includes: the spread of major religions and the reasons behind them.
Rules and Rulers
Students explore political and legal systems and structures in the ancient world. Includes: how and why these systems and structures evolved, and their continuing relevance in the contemporary world.
Interactions: Ancient Trade Networks
Students explore how cultures interacted through trade, transportation, conflict, and cooperation, as well as the consequences for their own culture.