Connections made between the HG Museum, SD 50

  • Feb. 20, 2013 6:00 p.m.

submitted article–Learning is a life-long process that happens both in and out of the school classroom. Often, the learning that occurs in both settings is complementary and can offer a student different ways of seeing the same situation. We believe the Haida Gwaii Museum and Haida Heritage Centre are educational institutions. It seemed natural that we would want to strengthen our partnership with School District 50, and already this year, two initiatives have taken place between our organizations. In January, three grade 5 classes joined us to learn about the many forms of storytelling at the museum. They discovered that stories can be told not only by written word, but also through carved poles, photos, maps and oral histories. We learned that there are some excellent young storytellers in our midst! In total, over 20 students were exposed to the museum at a new level. These visits were a component of a pilot project led by Joanne Hager and her team in partnership with SD 50. To build on this momentum, we worked with SD 50 to organize a professional development day for educators to learn more about incorporating local and traditional knowledge into their lesson plans through the museum and community members. Over 25 educators joined us at the Heritage Centre on Feb. 8 to engage in a cultural awareness activity, followed by a tour of the entire building. Afterwards, educators and community members worked together to brainstorm activities that could take place in and around the museum to achieve learning outcomes in various classes. We want to thank all those who participated in both initiatives and we look forward to further developing the connections between the Museum, SD 50 and our communities.