In July 2019, three student volunteers with the BC Heritage Fairs Society interviewed four members of the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nation on Vancouver Island: an Elder, two artists and a language revitalization teacher. The result of their visit is Taking Reconcili-Action, a website full of content that addresses specific topics related to the Truth and Reconciliation […]
BC HERITAGE FAIRS NEWS & EVENTS
B.C. STUDENTS MAKE CANADIAN HISTORY ONLINE Students, educators and history enthusiasts to meet virtually and share stories of Canada’s past in first-ever Virtual Provincial Heritage Fair [June 21, 2020] This year, more than 50 students from across B.C. were to gather in Kelowna for the Provincial Heritage Fair. Now, due to Covid-19, the Fair has […]
We are very excited to announce that plans for our 2020 Virtual Fair are underway, thanks to the Alumni Councils with support from the BCHFS Board. The fair will be taking place over Zoom on June 27 and 28, with the theme of Community, and will be a mix of student presentations/panels and interactive group activities […]
It is with regret that the BCHFS Board of Directors announces the postponing of our 2020 Provincial Fair until summer 2021.
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By Abigail Uher This past fall was an active period of fundraising for BC Heritage Fairs, as we were able to hold fundraisers in two different cities in southwestern B.C. In September, we held our second annual fundraiser at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, A Night at the Museum with Heritage Fairs. It was wonderful to […]
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The BC Heritage Fairs Society (BCHFS) is pleased to announce that the 2018 Provincial Heritage Fair will take place July 4 through 8 in Squamish, BC. Each year over 4,000 students (in grades four to ten) from regions around the province participate in School Heritage Fairs. Selected students move on from their school fair to […]
by Jolie Leung Rachel Meloche recalls being infatuated with history since she was a child. Now the coordinator of the BC Heritage Fair’s Provincial Alumni Council, she urges young people to look beyond the textbook and get involved with heritage. “If you want to know why things are the way they are in the moment, […]
by Veronica Xia First, a little bit about me. I’m Veronica, and I attended the BC Provincial Heritage Fair in Kamloops in 2014. Honestly, when I did my project that year I had no idea that it was even possible. I knew there was this mysterious thing which really good projects went to, but I […]
Story & Photos by Sarah McLeod Glenlyon Norfolk Junior School Teacher-Librarian Having participated in Heritage Inquiry projects with grade 4 and 5 students over the past three years I have found Heritage Inquiry an invaluable process that has benefited students’ learning enormously. I wanted to see more students and teachers in Victoria enjoy what has […]
The two Young Citizens students chosen to represent BC in Ottawa, Angela Zhou and Esmé Gandham, are featured on the Vancouver School Board website.
The latest collection of multi-media learning resources on the Royal BC Museum’s Learning Portal is a Pathway featuring Heritage Fairs. Created by by Royal BC Museum staff, each Pathway explores a different theme. Inside the Heritage Fair Pathway are options to explore through reading how to do oral history or read photographs, watching student photos and […]
The 2016 school year saw the launch of B.C.’s new mandatory curriculum and its strong First Peoples component for Kindergarten to Grade 9, with Grade 10 to 12 optional. Yet a new study suggests that while teachers may want to teach Indigenous culture and issues in their classrooms, they feel nervous about saying the wrong […]
Cynthia Wallace, the Provincial Heritage Fairs coordinator for New Brunswick, has written the following cheeky, thoughtful post. As she says, “In honour of project-based learning and disciplinary inquiry, I am taking on my motherly persona today to dish out some words of advice as to why Heritage Fairs are good for you.” You do not have […]
We call them Heritage Fairs and in francophone Canada they are called Fêtes du patrimoine – best translated as heritage parties. Many of our students choose subjects that celebrate Canada in all its diversity and quirkiness. At the last Provincial there were projects on Muggins: the Red Cross dog and natural horsemanship, yet alongside these […]
The next suggestions for smoky summer reading are from Margaret Conrad’s blog post in Acadiensis. As the title suggests we are a diverse people and not all of us are celebrating 150 years as a nation. “Indigenous peoples have served notice that they find little to celebrate in 150 years of Ottawa’s rule,” writes Conrad, […]
The weather has been way too hot for the usual dose of summer reading. So take these next two posts as summer-but-maybe-fall suggestions. The first read is the new issue of Canada’s History formerly The Beaver. You can read here Christopher Moore’s description of the many worthwhile articles especially his commentary on David O’Keefe’s vigorous […]
As the wood fire filled Wawadiťła (Mungo Martin House) with smoke, students in their yellow t-shirts, guests and dignitaries sang Oh Canada. As it has been at every Provincial Heritage Fair, this day was the highlight of the 2017 Provincial: the showcase of student projects. Our featured photo shows the opening ceremony for the showcase […]
The history blog for June is Every Place has a Story, a title that could be part of an elevator pitch for Heritage Fairs. However, it is the blog of Vancouver writer Eve Lazarus who has a passion for unconventional history.