Working People: A B.C. Labour History Film


By Janet Nicol

“When I was a teacher, my students couldn’t see themselves in the history texts,” says Ken Novakowski, retired social studies teacher and past president of the BC Teachers’ Federation. “They didn’t relate to politicians and industrial barons. But, today, they can see their parents and grandparents in ‘Working People: A History of Labour in British Columbia.’”

Novakowski, is among those involved in the making of “Working People,” an ambitious series of 30 film vignettes and curriculum package. Watch for this article in the upcoming issue of Our Times magazine, spring, 2014.

A group of BC teachers, including this writer, will be presenting vignettes and lesson plans on Saturday, June 14 at a morning workshop of the annual Pacific Northwest Labour History conference in Cumberland, on Vancouver Island.

For more information about the BC Labour Heritage Centre, visit

To view the 30 vignettes produced by the Knowledge Network, go to

Once at this site, you can scroll down to click on individual vignettes, each about 3 minutes.

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