Indigenous Welcoming House’ a breakthrough for Burnaby Village Museum – Burnaby Now

by ahnationtalk on December 3, 2018122 Views

December 1, 2018

There’s a space in the Burnaby Village Museum where students, teachers and the whole community can learn about the people and culture that has been in Burnaby for thousands of years.

This year, students going through the Burnaby Village Museum to learn about Christmas will also learn about local First Nations culture and celebrations with the help of four recently hired indigenous educators in a space dedicated to indigenous learning.

Museum staff have been working for two years with Burnaby school district teachers to align their school programs with the newly revised curriculum, and while the new curriculum integrates First Nations content into all areas, Sanya Pleshakov, museum programs coordinator, said their work goes deeper. It started several years ago with museum staff reaching out to local First Nations and building relationships in order to support learning about local indigenous people in and around Burnaby.

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