VHF is working to increase students’ awareness and knowledge of local heritage places and history by providing learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom. Our goal is to encourage students and teachers to engage with Vancouver’s diverse heritage places, and contribute to meaningful discussions around their histories and future legacies. In gaining understanding and appreciation of the many people, places and events that have shaped the city, VHF is inspiring students and educators to become active participants in the creation, archiving and sharing of knowledge around heritage places in Vancouver.
VHF Heritage Study Guide 2019
We have launched a first version of VHF’s Heritage Study Guide for Vancouver Schools! Please refer to the guide here (downloadable pdf): VHF Heritage Study Guide 2019
Components of the guide include:
- Curriculum connections for BC Social Studies grade 3,4,5 and 8,9,10
- What is heritage?
- Resources for Heritage Places: VHF, Local Indigenous and Other resources
- Connecting with Heritage in the Classroom: Activity Ideas
- Heritage opportunities for teachers and students, VHF School Grants, feedback
Please use the Heritage Study Guide and let us know about your classroom experiences or projects around local history and heritage places in your school communities. We are developing additional lesson plans and activity guides based on what we hear from teachers and school communities and will share a revised version and activity guide in the fall of 2020.
Apply for a School Grant
If you are a teacher or affiliated with an educational institution in Vancouver (priority is given to Vancouver School Board public schools), you can apply for one of two available grants for 2019-2020.
- A book grant for your class or school (for a selection of books related to Vancouver’s heritage and history)
- A field trip grant (to cover some of the costs for admission to a heritage place or for a guided tour in Vancouver related to heritage and history).
- You can apply one time per year, per class. Priority will be given to teachers and schools who have not received a grant previously. A maximum of 30 will be granted for the 2019-2020 school year.
Professional Development Days with VHF
- Friday February 14th 2020 from 9am-3pm. $20. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-264-9642.
9-12pm: Meet at 487 Alexander Street. Morning presentations and mini-tours at the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall with Laura Saimoto and VHF. Laura Saimoto will share history of Japanese Canadian communities in pre-WWII Vancouver, including Powell Street neighbourhood. VHF will present highlights of the Heritage Study Guide and ways to explore heritage places and local history in Vancouver.
12-1pm: Special lunch option available, Dosanko on Powell, or bring your own.
1-3pm: Afternoon heritage walking tour with civic historian, John Atkin, from the Historic Japanese District & Railtown through Gastown/Downtown and ending at Waterfront Station, 601 West Cordova Street.
If you would like to learn more or be on our direct schools email list, email us.
A Few Key Resources
Museum of Anthropology Teaching Kits: French and English:
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- 2018-2019: Consultation Phase with classroom visits, research and input.
- Fall 2019: First version of VHF’s Heritage Study Guide launch – pilot within schools and available online. School grants open!
- 2020 February-June: Heritage Week and Professional Development Days Field Trips with VHF.
- 2020 July-December: Continued collaborations with school communities and lesson ideas and resources updates. An updated version to be released summer/fall 2020.
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