Heritage Study Guide for Schools

A study guide and grants for educators to engage young learners in Vancouver's diverse history and heritage places

Vancouver Heritage Foundation has developed a Heritage Study Guide and also offers grants for books and field trips. Our goals for this program are:

  • To increase students’ awareness and knowledge of local heritage places and history by providing learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom.
  • To encourage students and teachers to engage with Vancouver’s diverse heritage places, and contribute to meaningful discussions around their histories and future legacies.
  • To support further connections of place-based heritage education in Vancouver public schools by collaborating with educators and students in developing accessible resources and self-directed inquiry-based projects.

Thank You to Our Project Partners

Andrew Mahon Foundation

GMR Foundation

Pro-D for Educators with Cross-Cultural Virtual Walking Tours

Friday, February 18th, 1pm - 3pm

Join VHF and Cross Cultural Walking Tours' Program Coordinator Carmel Tanaka as she virtually "walks" through the streets of Vancouver's Strathcona neighbourhood, supplemented with digital content by CCWT partner organizations, followed by Q&A! 

Cross Cultural Walking Tours bring awareness of the contributions of Indigenous and early immigrant communities, the richly layered history of Vancouver’s downtown eastside neighbourhoods (including Jewish Strathcona, Hogan’s Alley, Downtown Eastside, Chinatown and Paueru-Gai), in celebration of Asian and Jewish Heritage Months in May. This educational grassroots program dives into the systemic oppression, racism and displacement experienced by many marginalized communities THEN and NOW, sharing history and stories together in one tour.


VHF’s Heritage Study Guide for Schools 2019 (PDF)

This 28-page document provides context and an overview to VHF’s online resources, approach to heritage places and local history, and includes direct links to excellent online resources and teaching guides created by local organizations and individuals around cultural heritage and history, place-based learning and more!


Professional Development Opportunities

  • Mini-Mapping Projects for Your School Community (ongoing)
  • VSB Collaborative Inquiry Projects around aspects of heritage (2021-2022)

2022 Professional Development

  • February 18th: VHF Pro-D with Cross-Cultural Walking Tours online 1-3pm, $20+taxes
  • April 25th: VSB Collaborative Inquiry on Local Heritage- sharing session + Understanding local Indigenous cultural connections TBC
  •  Please inquire now if you are interested in a particular neighbourhood, topic or theme for you or your school communities. A private guided tour or talk can be arranged for your staff/class.
  • Previous Pro-D Days have included walking tours, site histories, virtual walks, and guest speakers. VHF has participated in the BCSSTA and VSB Pro-D Events.
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   VHF supports the Vancouver Heritage Fairs.