Pro-D Event for High School Teachers Feb 19

Come to the UVic campus to hear History Department Faculty members present on current topics—of interest to grades 9-12 Social Studies teachers—and to participate in a moderated discussion on teaching history.

Sessions and itinerary

9:15 - 9:30 am

Sign in/coffee/tea/muffins

9:30 - 10:30 am

Session 1
Choose one of these two topics:

Dr. Martin Bunton
The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Dr. Peter Cook
As Long as the Sun Shines and the River Runs: An Historical Perspective on Indigenous Treaty Making in Canada

10:45 - 11:45 am

Session 2
Choose one of these two topics:

Dr. Penny Bryden
Teaching Political History Comparatively: Elections in Canada and the US

Dr. Rick Rajala
Exploring the Environmental History of Super, Natural British Columbia

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch – on your own (see the When You’re on Campus Section below)

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Keynote Speaker

Sylvia Olsen
How to Teach Indigenous History When You Are Not: What to do with the Hard Topics like Residential Schools

Sylvia Olsen is an award winning author of 17 books, many of which are teen novels. She writes about the in between places where cultures meet, where Indigenous and non-Indigenous people come together and get along, or not. Since moving onto a reserve when she was 17, the study of inter-cultural relations has been Sylvia’s passion. She thinks it is time to talk about the things we have kept silent and for all of us to find new voices—together—to bring about a new relationship. Sylvia’s novel about Kuper Island Residential School, No Time to Say Goodbye, has been selected for the BC middle school curriculum.

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Moderated Discussion

How is history taught at UVic? What are our expectations of first-year students, and what skills are we looking to develop? Attendees will be invited to share techniques and learn from others in this discussion moderated by Department Chair Dr. John Lutz and Undergraduate Coordinator Dr. Jill Walshaw.

Registration Information

Course Code: EDPD236 2016S W00
Fee: $40 plus GST

You may register online or by telephone at 250-472-4747 . You will be asked to select your choices for sessions one and two during the registration process. We have room for 30 people in each session.

Refund Policy

Withdrawals by Feb. 17 at 4:30 pm will receive a full refund. Withdrawals after this date will receive a refund minus a $10 administrative fee.

When You're on Campus

Campus Maps

The sessions will be held in the Cadboro Commons Building on the UVic campus. This link will take you to UVic campus maps:


User-pay parking is available in all main campus lots Monday to Saturday. You will find parking information here:

Food Outlets

There are 11 food outlets on campus. Bring cash! Some outlets may not take credit or debit cards. There is an automated teller machine in the University Centre lobby. You’ll find information on all the