B.C. helps to right his­tor­i­cal wrongs with new cur­ricu­lum ad­di­tion

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Cana­di­ans for his­tor­i­cal wrongs by past gov­ern­ments. At provincewide con­sul­ta­tions, we asked Bri­tish Columbians what the apol­ogy should look like and the over­whelm­ing con­sen­sus at ev­ery fo­rum was the need to in­te­grate this for­got­ten chap­ter of B.C.’s Chi­nese Cana­dian history into our ed­u­ca­tional cur­ricu­lum. Start­ing this year, a dark chap­ter of B.C.’s history is ex­plored in new online les­son plans and teach­ing tools ti­tled Bam­boo Shoots. The class­room ma­te­ri­als re­flect B.C.’s rich mul­ti­cul­tural her­itage and the im­mense so­cial, cul­tural and eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tions Chi­nese Cana­di­ans made to the de­vel­op­ment of Bri­tish Columbia. I am es­pe­cially proud of the vivid ta­pes­try of sto­ries that are wo­ven within the cur­ricu­lum’s les­son plans. Photos, archival po­ems and even a printable card game bring the history of B.C. to life, chal­leng­ing stu­dents to con­sider the deep roots of dis­crim­i­na­tion and the long-term ef­fects it has on all Bri­tish Columbians. With the help of B.C. teach­ers, Open School BC, the Royal Bri­tish Columbia Mu­seum and the Legacy Ini­tia­tives Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, my min­istry is proud of the col­lab­o­ra­tion and his­tor­i­cal knowl­edge that went into Bam­boo Shoots. The sup­ple­ment is also ac­ces­si­ble to the gen­eral public, en­sur­ing global au­di­ences can also learn from this chap­ter of B.C.’s history. We can’t undo the past but we can move for­ward and leave a legacy for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to learn from. Bam­boo Shoots will help to­day’s gen­er­a­tion en­sure that the wrong­ful acts of the past are not re­peated in B.C.’s fu­ture.

Teresa Wat

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