Archaeology of the Lower Fraser River (In-person)

Last updated on
Thursday, August 26th, 2021
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Program Description

Be an archaeologist for a day! Discover the rich, 9,000-year history of the First Nations people who lived along the lower Fraser River by learning about their lifeways, tools and technologies.

Designed in collaboration with archaeologists from the UBC Laboratory of Archaeology, this program includes a hands-on introduction to cultural belongings used long ago for hunting, fishing, wood-working and home life. Students will learn how cedar bark was made into rope and have a chance to make a bracelet for themselves using these techniques. By understanding the deep knowledge First Nations required to create tools and belongings, students will enhance their respect for First Nations’ cultures today.

The in-person program is part of an overall unit plan, with prerequisite lessons to be used in class before the visit that show the techniques used by archaeologists to find and identify the belongings.

Once you book this school program, you will receive the complete unit plan by email, along with confirmation of date and time of the in-person visit.

To book this program, please submit a booking request.

Big Ideas
  • Learning about indigenous peoples nurtures multicultural awareness and respect for diversity.
  • The pursuit of valuable natural resources has played a key role in changing the land, people, and communities of Canada.
  • Immigration and multiculturalism continue to shape Canadian society and identity.
  • Natural resources continue to shape the economy and identity of different regions of Canada.
  • Religious and cultural practices that emerged during this period have endured and continue to influence people.
  • Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    4, 7
    Days Offered: 
    Times Offered: 
    90 minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
    Also Offered For: 
    ESL, Homeschool
    Packages Provided: 
    Pre-Visit Information Package
    Fee Details
    Fee Notes: 

    $7.35 per student (admission to the Museum and taxes included) — free for Indigenous students — for regular school programs. Supervising adults and teachers are free. If you book two consecutive programs on the same day, the rate is $10.50 per student.