Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

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In this engaging  hands-on program, discover the steps to canning salmon through story-time and puzzles. A scavenger hunt along the canning line helps students work cooperatively to follow the process of canned salmon from the ocean to their dinner plate. 

The Discovery Tour is adaptable for your youth educational group, and is designed to be modified for any groups with a variety of ages or a group for which there is no dedicated Education Program.  

Modules available by request. Please indicate your learning outcomes in the comments field and we will help you design your program(s). 

This program introduces students to Indigenous Peoples of the West Coast and the importance of salmon in their lives. The program utilizes Indigenous-created resources from a variety of nations to inform a series of activities. Activities include: an activity about animals that introduces Indigenous worldviews; a discussion of salmon as a Cultural Keystone Species, serving important cultural and spiritual as well as subsistence purposes; a viewing of the film Salmon People, about the importance of salmon to the Cowichan; an examination of Indigenous fishing tools; and a conclusion covering contemporary Indigenous relationships to fish and fishing.   

Students investigate how machines work together along a 1930s to 1950s salmon canning line, including a demonstration of the working machines. Using their knowledge of simple and complex machines, groups of students will each explore one complex machine in the Herring Reduction Plant and will present their interpretation of the machine to the rest of the class.

Early cannery workers faced discrimination based on race and gender inside and outside of the canneries. These workers fought that discrimination through various means, including letter writing, suing the government, volunteering in their communities, and acting as allies. Cannery Stories consists of a modified Canning Line tour specific to jobs the characters in the activity had, and a small-group activity to learn about one specific worker and their struggles.

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