Indigenous Education

RIVER SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS

All our place-based, interactive, curriculum-connected programs are designed to encourage students of all ages to feel connected to the Fraser River. Our team of fantastic, knowledgeable school program volunteers are ready to make your trip to the Discovery Centre an interactive and memorable experience.

We currently offer three River School Programs focusing on Indigenous education. Click on the arrows to learn more.

COVID-19 Safety Information

With the continued safety and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers the highest priority, we have developed a safety plan in accordance with WorkSafeBC guidelines. If you have any concerns about visiting the center that are not addressed in the safety plan, please email or call us and we can work together to make sure that your visit is a safe one.

WELCOMED BY THE WATER (GRADES K-3)

Explore the connection between Indigenous people and life in and around the Fraser River.

Prior to European colonization, Indigenous peoples got what they needed from the land and water around them. Indigenous peoples have relied on salmon since the fish became abundant in the Fraser River about 5000-6000 years ago. They used native plants for food, medicine, building materials and more. This program explores the connection between Indigenous peoples, salmon, and the broader Fraser River Basin. Students experience the movement of salmon, storytelling and oral histories, and the many uses of native plants through an Indigenous perspective.

Grades: K-3                          Length: 1.5 hours                Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Introduction to the First Salmon Ceremony through a storybook and discussion.
  • Understand the stages of a salmon’s life cycle and migration by acting out the story of one salmon’s life.
  • Learn about some of the edible and medicinal native plants in our region, and then create your own plant, including its uses.
  • Hear the story of how sockeye came to the Fraser River from two First Nations elders. View map of the traditional lands of the First Nations people in the Fraser River Basin, and use a visual metaphor to understand how long the First Nations people have lived along the Fraser River.

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

OUR BONES ARE MADE OF SALMON (GRADES 4-7)

Explore the connection between Indigenous people and salmon on the Fraser River.

Indigenous people have relied on salmon since the fish became abundant in the Fraser River about 5000-6000 years ago. This program explores the connection between Indigenous people and salmon on the Fraser River. Students get hands-on experience with fishing technology, learn about wind-drying salmon, and discover that salmon is in the hearts of Indigenous people living along the Fraser River today.

Grade: 4-7                           Length: 1.5 hours                Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Watch and discuss a film, featuring two Indigenous Elders telling stories about how Salmon came to the Fraser River, and their connections to the Fraser River.
  • Explore authentic and replica tools to learn about Indigenous fishing techniques, and create a group presentation.
  • Learn about wind-drying salmon through the replica drying rack, and practice sharpening a kwetsetel (Indigenous slate knife).

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

THE TRADING TRAIL (GRADES 4-7)

Explore how people have used and shared the resources of the Fraser River, with a focus on when First Nations and Fur traders first shared the river.

The Fraser River is one of the world’s great rivers not only in its contribution to the environmental, cultural, and historical wealth of British Columbia, but because of its current pivotal role in the economy of BC.  We are going to explore how people have used and shared the resources of the Fraser River, focusing on the tumultuous time when Indigenous peoples and fur traders shared the river.

Grades: 4-7                          Length: 1.5 hours               Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Visual presentation introducing the history of trade on the Fraser River.
  • Learn proper archaeological protocol, excavate archaeological artifacts, and learn what each represents.
  • Keep an archaeologist’s journal, drawing diagrams and answering questions about stone and metal tools.
  • Play a fun and competitive game to understand the value of items traded between First Nations and European traders.

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

GENERAL RIVER SCHOOL PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • Each program is 90 minutes in length (except where noted)
  • Offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00am or 12:30pm
  • $7.00 per student (minimum charge $84.00+GST); group size between 12 to 30
  • We have an across the board 25% discount on all programs, outreach and kits for inner-city schools.
  • Pre-registration is required at least three weeks in advance.

OUTREACH WEDNESDAYS

Can’t come to the Fraser River Discovery Centre? No problem! We can come to you! Two FRDC staff will bring all the materials necessary to run some of our most popular River School Programs right in your own classroom!

We currently offer two outreach programs with Indigenous education content.

COVID-19 Safety Information

All materials will be fully sanitized between use, and the staff will wear masks. If there are additional safety protocols we need to follow, please contact us. Please note, small group work is part of each program, with frequent sanitation of touched objects.

THE TRADING TRAIL (GRADES 2-5)

Explore how people have used and shared the resources of the Fraser River, with a focus on when First Nations and Fur traders first shared the river.

The Fraser River is one of the world’s great rivers not only in its contribution to the environmental, socio-cultural, and historical wealth of British Columbia, but because of its current pivotal role in the economy of BC.  We are going to explore how people have used and shared the resources of the Fraser River, focusing on the tumultuous time when Indigenous peoples and Fur traders shared the river.

Grades: 2-5                          Length: 1.5 hours               Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Visual presentation introducing the history of trade on the Fraser River.
  • Read a story about voyageurs and play an interactive quiz game to test your knowledge.
  • Keep an archaeologist’s journal, drawing diagrams and answering questions about stone and metal tools.
  • Play a fun and competitive game to understand the value of items traded between First Nations and European traders.

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

OUR BONES ARE MADE OF SALMON (GRADES 4-7)

Explore the connection between Indigenous people and salmon on the Fraser River.

Indigenous people have relied on salmon since the fish became abundant in the Fraser River about 5000-6000 years ago. This program explores the connection between Indigenous people and salmon on the Fraser River. Students get hands-on experience with fishing technology, learn about wind-drying salmon, and discover that salmon is in the hearts of Indigenous people living along the Fraser River today.

Grade: 4-7                           Length: 1.5 hours                Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Watch and discuss a film, featuring two Indigenous Elders telling stories about how Salmon came to the Fraser River, and their connections to the Fraser River.
  • Explore authentic and replica tools to learn about Indigenous fishing techniques, and create a group presentation.
  • Learn about wind-drying salmon through the replica drying rack, and practice sharpening a kwetsetel (Indigenous slate knife).

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

GENERAL OUTREACH WEDNESDAY INFORMATION

  • $7.00 per student (minimum charge $84.00+GST) plus $0.59 per kilometre between FRDC and your school (both ways); group size between 12 to 30
  • We have an across the board 25% discount on all programs, outreach and kits for inner-city schools.
  • Pre-registration is required at least three weeks in advance
  • While at your school, we are happy to deliver the chosen program to multiple classes! Booking can be done as a group, but the program will be delivered one class at a time.