Educator Resources

Welcome teachers and educators! These resources have been put together by teacher candidates in the Community-Based Field Experience Program offered by UBC's Faculty of Education. They support learning for a number of age groups and present important themes in Northwwest coast art and culture.

These lesson plans aim to provide teachers with easily accessible classroom activities for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Here you will find fun and engaging lesson plans, background information for teachers and a list of possible classroom resources. It is our hope that from these lesson plans, teachers and students will have a greater sense of appreciation and an understanding of First Nations culture.

One of the current trends in education is bringing forth Aboriginal culture and presence into the schools. In keeping with the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements and working with Simon Fraser University's Bill Reid Centre, these lessons will immerse students into the study of First Nations culture and specifically the First Nations of the Northwest Coast in British Columbia.

Northwest Coast Art and Culture


  • Knowledge of Aboriginal language, culture and history is increased throughout the Provincial education system (Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement).
  • Promote an understanding and appreciation of the artistic traditions, cultures and histories of the Nations who inhabit the Northwest Coast (Bill Reid Centre).

Northwest Coast Paint:

This Kindergarten to Grade 3 resource focuses on Northwest Coast two-dimensional painted designs. It is inspired by the exhibition Paint: The Painted Works of Lyle Wilson, which was first shown at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery in the spring of 2012 and was shown at the Bill Reid Gallery from March 27th to September 15th of 2013. The exhibition and this teaching resource aim to celebrate Lyle Wilson's achievements as a painter, writer and indigenous language advocate.