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Secondary School Programs

Programs taught at the high school level focus on cultural diversity, specifically, BC’s First Nations. Walking tours and activities bring together social, political, historical, and artistic aspects of Northwest Coast traditions. Suitable for grades 8-12, Social Studies, History, First Nations 12, Comparative Civ. 12, Art. (See also our Elementary School ProgramsTeaching Kits and Temporary School Programs.)

To book, contact bookings@moa.ubc.ca or 604.822.3825.

architecture as muse

This program is designed to encourage students to actively observe and respond to built environments and to respond to the Museum in new ways. Students will explore and discuss the relationship between design and function in contrasting exhibition spaces at MOA, and in a selection of acclaimed international museums. This program aims to introduce students to multiple aspects of architecture design – light, size, color, sound, mood, space, flow – and to consider ways that cultural traditions and environmental conditions affect design.


transforming image

This program is designed to develop an awareness of the skills and technologies required to research, design and create Northwest Coast (NWC) art. Students are introduced to the Image Recovery Project, spearheaded by MOA Curator of the Pacific Northwest, Bill McLennan and the use of infrared photography to reveal painted images on a range of wooden surfaces which have been obscured over time. This program aims to encourage a respect for NWC cultures and an understanding of how NWC designs were, and continue to be, created today.

Framing Stories: Northwest Coast First Nations Art

This program will lead students through a tour MOA’s collections of historic and contemporary Northwest Coast art through a critical understanding of stories behind the collection, its artists and communities. Through the tour and a small activity in the galleries, students will be exposed to themes such as inclusion, multiple perspectives and continuity surrounding local First Nations communities.

Teaching Kits

MOA offers Teaching Kits for use in the classroom. These kits combine objects, resources, community histories and offer multiple approaches across disciplines.  The resource rich kits act as supplemental teaching material or can be a comprehensive unit of study for Social Studies, Art, History, and First Nations Studies. Teachers must pick up and drop off Teaching Kits at the Museum reception desk.  15-day loans: $40; 30-day loans: $75 (includes taxes).[icon_text box_type=”normal” icon_type=”normal” icon_position=”left” icon_size=”fa-lg” use_custom_icon_size=”no” title=”My Ancestors are Still Dancing Kit” text=”Grades K-12. This kit approaches Tsimshian history and traditions by highlighting Chilkat weaving. William White offers his perspective as a weaver on the processes and cultural value of woven works. Included are touchable samples of the weaving materials and Chilkat weavings at various stages of completion made by this well-known Tsimshian weaver. To complement these objects, the kit includes a range of historic and contemporary photos, a Teacher’s Guide, sourcebook, and the documentary video Gwishalaayt : The Spirit That Wraps Around You.” icon=”fa-asterisk”][icon_text box_type=”normal” icon_type=”normal” icon_position=”left” icon_size=”fa-lg” use_custom_icon_size=”no” title=”Residential School Kit” text=”Grades 10-12. This kit approaches the difficult history of Indian Residential Schools in Canada. It is designed to develop students’ research and presentation skills while they learn about the history and ongoing impact of Indian Residential Schools. Students are exposed to survivor poetry, personal narratives and historical photographs as they come to understand this troubled history. The kit was developed in conjunction with the Residential School Survivor Society, the Legacy of Hope Foundation, and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.” icon=”fa-asterisk”]