British Columbia

Canadian writer Will Ferguson stated: “The great themes of Canadian history are as follows: Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.” Perhaps overly simplistic, there is truth in the statement. As we learn about B.C. history, you will be asked to consider the question: If Canadian history can be summed up in those themes, what are the great themes of B.C. history?


Vancouver filmmaker Erik Paulsson chronicles the events, people and places that shaped British Columbia’s early history from its beginnings until the turn of the 20th century. As you watch this video, record key social, cultural, economic, political developments that contributed to the development of the province.

Edge of the world response


Establishing Control and Carving out an Identity

Assess gold rush PMI

Confed debate

The Emergence of Vancouver

Faces of B.C.

Gold Mountain

Economic diversity placemat


British Columbia History Poem Assignment log


Gallery Walk Assignment:

Unit gallery setup

Unit gallery notes sheet



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