Education Programs

The search for a fun school field trip ends at the Bill Reid Gallery. We offer educational experiences that will engage students of all ages.

With an emphasis on Indigenous art and culture in the Northwest Coast, we can provide unique and flexible programs. We can work with educators to create programs that fit curriculum and class needs.

Find a program that best suits your students:

Storytelling in the Gallery Kindergarten - Grade 3

Come and explore the art of the Northwest Coast through an interactive storytelling experience. Storytelling in the gallery focuses on three big ideas:

  • The symbols of identity, using the art in the gallery as an example
  • Understanding the importance of Indigenous storytelling
  • Community and belonging

This program uses a mixture of storytelling (both oral and from a storybook), play, and art exploration so students are never bored. All stories from books read during Storytelling is illustrated and authored by Indigenous artists and writers.

Cedar Saplings Grade 4 - 6

Discover cedar from root to tip! Cedar Saplings engages students in a hands-on discovery of the integral role cedar holds for Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast. Students in this program will interact with our growing teaching collection of cedar items woven by Haida weaver Todd DeVries. The main learning outcomes of Saplings are:

  • Understanding the ecological importance of cedar as a sacred item and resource of the Northwest Coast
  • Exploring the interconnections of land, people, and art
  • Delve into learning about the diversity of art on the Northwest Coast Cedar saplings mixes interactive activities, hands on exploration, art tour, and art based reflection.

This program uses a mixture of storytelling (both oral and from a storybook), play, and art exploration so students are never bored. All stories from books read during Storytelling is illustrated and authored by Indigenous artists and writers.

Cedar Roots Grade 7 - 9

Delve into deeper understandings of cedar as a sacred resource and protected life form on the Northwest Coast. Roots brings students closer to understanding the intricacies of cedar as a sacred item on the Coast, by introducing them to our teaching collection including woven pieces by Todd DeVries and adzed red cedar pieces by Corey Bullpit. The main learning outcomes of Roots are:

  • Understanding the ecological, cultural, and artistic importance of cedar
  • Exploring the interconnections of land, people, and art
  • Begin to take a deeper, more detailed look at the art of the Northwest Coast Cedar saplings mixes interactive activities, hands on exploration, art tour, and art based reflection.
Cedar Connections Grade 10 - 12
Take a more nuanced approach in connecting the art of the Northwest Coast to preservation of the natural world, reconciliation, and contemporary Indigenous politics, with Cedar Connections. This program created for older learners, guides high-school aged students through more complex conversations regarding Indigenous art, contemporary issues, and ideas of reconciliation. This program is highly flexible and be worked to incorporate discussions that educators are having in the classroom.
Interconnections Youth Workshop Series
If you want to take your education program one step further, we offer a youth workshop series that will pair classes with Indigenous artists of the Northwest Coast. Contact our education programmer directly to receive more information about this exciting opportunity.
Intergenerational Public Workshops
Our public workshops are open to learners of all ages! We believe in the power of learning together, from child to elder. All our workshops are hands on and lead by an artist of the Northwest Coast. Please check back regularly for our offerings.
Professional Development
The new curriculum has introduced the incorporation of Indigenous topics into classrooms. We offer professional development programs for educators who want to learn more about teaching with Indigenous concepts and about Indigenous topics. With art of the Northwest Coast as a teaching tool, this workshop will teach about protocols, cultural sensitivity, and problems around appropriation. The professional development workshops are led by our education programmer, but we can also bring in artists and community members as well.

Rates & Registration

$7.50 per student for a 90 minute program

Prices include tax. *If pricing is a barrier to bringing your class, please do not hesitate to contact us at education@billreidgallery.ca! We aim to make all our programming accessible to everyone.

Want to find out more before booking your program, please download this PDF.

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