December – February

The following includes information on Social Justice Campaigns, Professional Learning Opportunities, Learning Labs offered through the Royal BC Museum, and Events/Exhibitions taking place on traditional Coast Salish Territory throughout January and February.  Thanks for looking!




The Moose Hide Campaign – Wednesday, February 13, 2019


A grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys who are standing up against violence towards women and children. Wearing this moose hide signifies your commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and to work together to end violence against women and children. For more information go to:

To get your Moose Hide patch, pins, and information cards at no cost & support the campaign go to:



Have A Heart Day 2019 – Thursday, February 14, 2019

Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation event that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are.  For more information go to:




English First Peoples Teacher Resource Guide 

January 28, 2019

Vancouver, BC
Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront, 1133 West Hastings



Founded upon the First Peoples Principles of Learning, English First Peoples courses for Grades 10-12 offer all BC students backgrounds the opportunity to explore First Peoples’ worldviews through written, visual, and oral literature. The courses were developed through the collaboration of First Nations educators with the BC Ministry of Education and it is notable that English First Peoples (EFP) 12 is fully equivalent to English 12 for BC post-secondary entrance requirements.

Originally published in 2008, the EFP Teacher Resource Guides have been revised to reflect the revised BC curriculum and incorporate recently-published First Peoples literature. At this workshop, teachers will receive a copy of the new resource guide, discuss its use, participate in activities from the guide, and see our display of First Peoples literature resources.


Indigenous Perspectives in Classrooms through Coast Salish Art Webinar

Thursday, January 31, at 4-5pm or sign up to receive the recording the following day.


Becky Greenhow, teacher from School District 79, will share her experience with including Indigenous perspectives in classrooms through Coast Salish art.

*Part of Kikinoo’amaagoowin Webinar Series: Introducing Indigenous Perspectives Through Art Across the Curriculum Series


A Heiltsuk First Nation Village on Triquet Island Continuing Studies at UVIC

Tuesday, January 29th 7-9pm

UVIC Campus


Cost $22.

EkTb-9, a Heiltsuk First Nation village site located on Triquet Island, British Columbia, has an occupation span of ~14,000 calendar years.  This presentation provides a stratigraphic chronology of the site and describes how results collected by a team of researchers involved in the Hakai Ancient Landscapes Archaeology Project couple with Heiltsuk First Nation’s rich oral traditions and system of prerogatives, to explore and build on the notion of “persistent places” and to gain a more thorough understanding of human exploitation of the region from the early Holocene until the present day.




Interested in booking a Learning Lab? Contact our Group Booking office with a request or contact Chris O’Connor in the Learning Department or go to:


Governance and Beyond 

October through March (Fridays), 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

This lab explores the different ways of governance, beginning with indigenous ways of knowing and being. The day-long lab starts at the Royal BC Museum and finishes across the street at the Legislative Assembly of BC. Students will be able to experience the processes of governing through a diverse lens, across multiple institutions. Recommended for grades 3-7.

In partnership with the Parliamentary Education Office. The day begins at the Royal BC Museum, and concludes at the Legislative Assembly of BC.


Ethics: Dialogue and Debate

October through April, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

How do you tell right from wrong? In this lab, students will engage in ethical dialogue, using the museum’s core exhibitions to understand how we can make ethical decisions in our everyday lives. The focus of this lab will be on understanding ethics through discussion and debate. We may address topics like Truth and Reconciliation, pipelines, environmental stewardship and representation (in museums and beyond). Recommended for grades 4-12.


The Ceremonies and Science of Seasons

October, 2018 – May, 2019

This lab will explore the social studies and science of the seasons with a focus on First Peoples’ perspectives.  How did First Peoples view the thirteen phases of the moon in a lunar cycle?  When is it safe to harvest the bark of a cedar tree?  Why do frogs signify the arrival of spring?  These questions and many more will be addressed in the museum’s First Peoples, Our Living Languages and Natural History galleries.  Recommended for students K-3.


From the Beginning: Original Stories & Indigenous Culture

March – May, 2019

Presented in partnership with the University of Victoria’s Legacy Galleries, this lab will focus on alternative histories and narratives of origin.  Through art and belongings, students will explore stories of connection to earth, interconnection through families and clans, and the role of oral and visual storytelling and teachings.  Recommended for grades 4-12.





Traditional Indigenous Storytime for Families

January 12, 2019, 10:00 am-11:30 am (additional dates include: March 9, April 13, May 11, & June 8)

For children and their families. Join Surrounded by Cedar Children & Family Services for a monthly storytelling group for families featuring traditional storytellers, art and songs. To register, please contact  For more information, please go to:

Indigenous Stories Book Club

February 20, 2019  1:30 pm-2:30 pm (reoccurring series)

Nellie McClung Branch – Community Room 3950 Cedar Hill Rd. Victoria, British Columbia V8P 3Z9 Canada

Join Carmen Rodriquez de France, assistant professor of Indigenous education at the University of Victoria, for a book club focused on the works of Canadian Indigenous peoples. Explore Indigenous history, culture and ways of being, as expressed through Indigenous writings. For more information, please go to:


January 29 – February 24, 2019

Belfry Theatre

Belfry Theatre presents an Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre Production which speaks to issues facing Canada’s Indigenous peoples.  For morning information and tickets, please go to: