Curriculum Project

The Labour History Curriculum initiative is a partnership between the Labour Heritage Centre and the BC Teachers’ Federation, with additional support from the BC Federation of Labour and the SFU Labour Studies program. The initiative is intended to increase the access of BC K-12 students to labour history and other labour studies issues.

In Fall 2014, the first series of new lesson aids and teaching ideas are scheduled for release, including an entire unit on labour studies/history for Social Justice 12 and thirty new lessons developed to accompany the film series Working People: A History of Labour in BC.

Teachers involved in this project have led workshops at various locations, including the 2014 Pacific Northwest Labour History Association and Miners’ Memorial weekend gathering in Cumberland, BC.

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  1. Labour History Curriculum working group


Ken Novakowski, retired teacher, chair of the Labour Heritage Centre

Wayne Axford, retired Burnaby teacher

Sarah Purdy, Burnaby teacher

Tony Arruda, Nanaimo teacher

Janet Nichol, Vancouver teacher

Marcy Toms, Vancouver teacher

Gavin Hainsworth, Surrey teacher

Scott Parker, retired Burnaby teacher

Robin Folvik, Labour Heritage Centre researcher

Dan Blake, retired teacher

Suzie Mah, Vancouver teacher

Ellen Ellis, retired Nanaimo teacher

John Decaire, Burnaby teacher

Shanee Prasad, Burnaby teacher

Al Cornes, retired teacher, Board Member of the Labour Heritage Centre

Labour History Project