Grade 9+

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Program cost per student: $8.50* for one 90-100 minute program
Additional programs are $5.50*/student
*Fees are as listed above unless otherwise noted below. There are no additional taxes on education program fees. 3 teacher/parent admission fees included per class.

Programs are approximately 90 minutes long unless otherwise noted. You are welcome to stay after your staff-led programs for students to self-tour after your programs. Lunch space is included in your visit fees. 

Many programs available in French or English - please inquire when booking

Treaty Canoe

This program is currently unavailable while we revise it in consultation with First Nations advisors. Book this program now for the September 2018 school year.

An introduction to the historical treaty process in Canada. Students carry out a simulated treaty negotiation based on the 1923 Williams Treaties, playing the roles of First Nations and government representatives.  This program is a great exercise in critical thinking and negotiation, and inspires passionate engagement with the frustrations, inequities and different cultural perspectives of the participants in the treaty process.  

Grade 10: Canadian History since World War I CHC2D/P A,B,  

Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, NAC2O  (General Expectations)

Grade 11: Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada, NDA3M  (General Expectations)

Grade 12: Aboriginal Governance: Emerging Directions NDG4M, Grade 12: Canada: History, Identity, and Culture CHI4U


Kayak Discovery

A stimulating hands-on initiative task. Students work together to build an eight-foot skin-on-frame kayak, from a kit based on an Inuit watercraft in the Museum’s collection. Students learn about of kayak-building as a community task in traditional Inuit cultures where different members play distinct and crucial roles. Working collaboratively in small groups, the students problem-solve to discover the best building method for their group and project. A challenging program that promotes team-building and an understanding of Inuit cultures. 

Please note that the kayaks that the students build are not take-homes. 

Grade 9-12 Visual Art AVI10,AV120,AVI3M,AVI4M and AVI4E General Expectations

Grade 9 Native Studies NAC10 Expressing Aboriginal Cultures

Grade 9-12 Canadian and World Studies

Grade 9-12 Business Studies (Problem Solving, Teamwork, Critical and Creative Thinking, Leadership, Strategic Planning)

Grade 12 Business Studies BOH4M, BOG4E

Grade 12 Health and Physical Education (Recreation and Fitness Leadership)

Full-Size Paddle Carving

7.5 hrs, $80 (bass wood) A one-day paddle-carving program for youth ages 15-18. Students carve a full-size paddle to keep and use for years to come, using correct measurement techniques, spokeshaves, shave horses, calipers and palm sanders. Full-size paddle carving requires focus, perseverance and stamina — participants get a great deal of satisfaction from the tangible results of their hard work!  

Read the Museum’s Education Manager’s blog post about a recent class visit for this program.

No time for full-size? We also have a 3-hour souvenir-size (24″) paddle-carving program for $15/student.

Grade 10-12 Arts (Developing Creativity, Communicating, Understanding Culture, Making Connections)


Soapstone Carving

Hands-on experience of soapstone carving in the context of our Arctic Galleries and Inuit artifacts.

90-minute Soapstone Carving: carve from a 2×3″ block that is pre-shaped to most easily be worked into the mouse or bear sculptures, but which is very open to abstract and other ideas. $8.50/participant

3-hour Loon Carving: start with a “blank” made from a 4×6″ block and create a silky smooth sculpture in the iconic loon shape. $15/participant

Grade 9-12 Arts (Developing Creativity, Communicating, Understanding Culture, Making Connections)

Grade 9 Visual Arts AVI10 (A1, A3.1, C2.1)

Grade 9 Native Studies NAC10 Expressing Aboriginal Cultures

Grade 10 Visual Arts AVI20 (A1.2, A2.2.,A3.1,B2.1,B2.2,B2.3,C1.2)

Grade 10 Civics and Citizenship CHV20 (C2.1)

Grade 11 Visual Arts AVI3M (A3.1, A3.2, C2.1) AVI13O (A2.1, A3.1)

Grade 12 Visual Arts AVI14M (A3.2) AVI14E (A2.1)


Watercolour Painting

An exploration of watercolour painting techniques.  Our staff works with small groups of students to introduce watercolour techniques, and draws attention to the forms of artistic expression throughout the Museum from different periods. Participants are then free to set up throughout the Museum’s galleries – wherever they find most inspiration – to complete 1 to 2 small paintings. At the end of the program, we gather to frame and celebrate the participants’ works.

Grade 9-12 (Developing Creativity, Communicating, Understanding Culture, Making Connections)

Grade 9 Visual Arts AVI10 (A1, A3.1, C2.1)

Grade 10 Visual Arts AVI20 (A1.2, A2.2,A3.1, B2.1, B2.2, B2.3, C1.2)

Grade 11 Visual Arts AV13M (A3.1,A3.2, C2.1), AVI13O (A2.1, A3.1

Grade 12 Visual Arts AVI14M (A3.2), AVI13E (A2.1)


Voyageur Canoe

 2 to 4 hours. Please inquire ( about the cost for your class. 

Take part in 2 learning-packed, hands-on programs: Voyageur Canoeing and Soapstone Carving. Students have the unique experience of paddling a 36′ Montreal Canoe, a replica of a canoe used in Canada’s fur trade era. Through story, role play song and costume, students learn about Voyageur history and First Nations’ roles in the Fur Trade. Back on shore, students will explore the tradition of soapstone carving, carving their own soapstone pendant. On-water programming is staffed by ORCKA and NLS certified instructors. A copy of the Museum’s Risk Management Policy is available upon request. Optional: Watercolour painting or Kayak Discovery can be substituted for Soapstone Carving.


Sleepover at the Museum!

6:00pm-8:30am Cost: $40*/student *Food and drinks not included

The ultimate Museum experience! Arrive just before 6:00pm for an adventurous evening of learning. Features any two programs from the list above. Option for an indoor campfire full of songs and stories, plus snack time. ‘Camping’ in the Museum’s Voyageur Encampment and/or Wigwam. Departure in the morning by 8:30am. Or add a morning program to further enrich your students’ Museum visit experience.