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Educator After-Hours at MOA

Wednesday October 5, 2022
5:30 – 8pm

Join us for an after-hours, teachers-only evening hosted by the MOA Education team and learn how to make the most of your MOA Field Trip.

Preview the range of digital and in-person school programs, rentable teaching kits, and resources that MOA has to offer. Get after-hours access to MOA’s galleries and exhibitions with knowledgeable facilitators stationed throughout. Learn more about MOA’s Native Youth Program and our feature exhibition Xicanx: Dreamers + Changemakers / Soñadores + creadores del cambio, on until January 1, 2023.

Arrive early for a chance to win our door prize­—a free family membership and school program of your choosing.

Admission is free; advanced registration is required.
Please note this event is limited to teachers, teacher candidates, and school staff. Teacher/Staff ID is required for entry.

Register online here

For questions about this event, please e-mail education@moa.ubc.ca.

Self-Guided Tours

Xicanx: Self-guided Teacher Resource

En español—Xicanx: Recursos de autoguía para maestros

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.


Resource Materials

First Nations Map

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

Returning the Past: Repatriation of First Nations Cultural Property

Grades 10 – 12. This online resource features lesson plans, case studies, and research activities surrounding the subject of the repatriation of cultural property. Students engage in an exploration process of questioning, comparing, summarizing, drawing conclusions and defending a position. Returning the Past encourages students to critically analyze the ethical implications of current events.


Online Exhibitions + Lessons

MOA’s Multimedia Guide

Explore the Museum and its worldwide collections through rich, multimedia content⁣. Move through the different gallery spaces—at your own pace, in your own order—to discover collection highlights, brought to life through the perspectives and voices of Indigenous artists and knowledge holders, museum curators, and other experts. Download now.

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.

Xicanx: Dreamers + Changemakers / Soñadores + creadores del cambio

This bilingual English and Spanish online platform that amplifies the scope of MOA’s 2022 exhibition Xicanx: Dreamers + Changemakers / Soñadores + creadores del cambio. It offers artists’ biographies, statements, and favourite music, films and foods. This digital catalogue includes essays on Xicanx music, literature, film, cuisine and educational resources and teaching guides.

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

Explore the rich histories and cultures of puppetry around the world. The website—developed in conjunction with the 2019 MOA exhibition Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets—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.

Shake Up: Preserving What We Value

Learn from the knowledge keepers, objects, and events showcased in Shake Up: Preserving What We Value. Plus, you can watch interviews with Indigenous community members, seismologists, conservators and engineers who share their knowledge of earthquakes and how to protect material and cultural heritage in these videos.

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.