Chinese Legacy BC curriculum resource wins prestigious national award

A provincial curriculum supplement introduced in British Columbia last fall is being honoured for excellence and innovation in the integration of technology into K-12 classrooms.

Bamboo Shoots: Chinese Canadian Legacies in BC received the award yesterday from the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) at the CNIECanadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) conference held in Waterloo, Ontario.


Bamboo Shoots is a comprehensive online learning resource which provides Grade five and 10 teachers with easy-to-use classroom instruction plans as they encourage students to explore historical wrongs committed against Chinese Canadians in British Columbia. In addition to suggested activities and lesson plans, the resource also offers a wealth of support materials such as historical backgrounders, personal stories and more than 300 archival photographs and documents.

The gallery of photos and documents have been acquired from the BC Archives, the Royal BC Museum, University of British Columbia Special Collections – Chung Collection, Library and Archives Canada, the Vancouver Public Library, and regional museums throughout the province.

The new curriculum is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of International Trade and Multiculturalism, the Ministry of Education (Open School BC), and the Legacy Initiatives Advisory Council. “This innovative learning resource is designed to reflect British Columbia’s rich multicultural heritage using one of our most valuable tools – education,” International Trade and Multiculturalism Teresa Wat said

Nearly 3000 users have accessed the online resources since they were launched and approximately 700 students have experienced interactive, hands-on learning through eight outreach kits containing games, videos and other materials provided in partnership with the Royal BC Museum. Bamboo Shoots is publicly available online here