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Ask A MOA Educator

Want to learn more about MOA’s school programs or exhibitions? Looking for a lunchtime speaker for your team? Schedule a free presentation from a MOA Educator for your school staff!

During the presentation, a MOA Educator will provide an overview of the Museum’s rich educational offerings for K-12 students and teachers, including in-person and digital programs, teaching kits, professional development opportunities, downloadable resources and more. This 30-min presentation can be delivered over Zoom or Microsoft Teams, and includes time for educators to ask questions about how to make the most out of MOA programming.

Presentations are subject to staff availability. To schedule your presentation, please contact education@moa.ubc.ca.

Resource Materials

Returning The Past: Repatriation of First Nations Cultural Property

This resource provides a unit of study on First Nations repatriations for secondary school students.

Resource for English as a Second Language Teachers and Students

These materials are designed to prepare teachers and ESL students for a self-guided group visit to the Museum.

First Nations Map

The intent of this map is to provide a more accurate representation of First Nations in British Columbia.

Self-Guided Tours

Xicanx: Self-guided Teacher Resource

Looking for a self-guided experience? Designed for grades 7–12, this 90-minute program will begin with a tour of selected works in Xicanx: Dreamers + Changemakers/Soñadores + creadores del cambio, focusing on themes of identity, borders, and activism. Students will learn how Xicanx artists use their art to advocate for their communities, document their lived experiences and histories, and make visible their unique perspectives and concerns.

Online Exhibitions + Lessons

Voices of the Canoe

Learn about the canoe traditions of the Fijian, Squamish and Haida people and understand the historical and ongoing importance of canoe culture for these Indigenous peoples. The site features interviews from Indigenous artists, canoe makers and others to encourage students to consider multiple points of view, and to question what is historically significant and what evidence is used to determine historical significance. It also hosts a range of evidence – photographs, maps, interviews, historical texts and short films. This website was developed by MOA in conjunction with The History Education Network/Histoire et Education en Reseau.

One Mind, One Heart

Learn more about the fierce opposition by the Heiltsuk Nation to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and oil-tanker traffic in their ancestral waters. The site features films, photos of Heiltsuk territory, and community protests during the Project Review Panel’s visit to Bella Bella. The MOA installation (in Multiversity Galleries, Exhibit Case 23) shows the ancestral guardian of the undersea world, ’Yágis, swallowing an oil tanker trespassing in Heiltsuk waters. ’Yágis, the mask was created by Heiltsuk artist ’Nusí to invoke ancient Heiltsuk teachings and the law of Káxláya Gvi’ílás in order to protect their land and seas for the future.

Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchating Theatre of Puppets

Explore the rich histories and cultures of puppetry around the world. The site offers materials to encourage students to learn through hands-on exploration and creative play.  Learn about contemporary puppet makers and performers and inspire students to share their own stories. This website was developed in conjunction with the 2019 MOA exhibition Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets.

As the world adapts to the new realities of digital engagement, we adapt with it. To support the work of teachers, parents and caretakers, MOA’s Education department has developed lesson ideas that bring world cultures, new ideas and new experiences into the home classroom. We hope that these resources can help students stay engaged while staying home. These pre-prepared lessons are drawn from MOA’s online Teacher Resources.