STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators

Settler Teachers and Indigenous Curriculum:

Using Salish Sea and Canadian Resources to strengthen First Nations/Native American content in the classroom

How can non-Indigenous teachers best understand and teach Indigenous history and contemporary culture? Using best practices and curriculum created in BC and Canada, we will explore how to expand,  improve and responsibly teach First Nations curriculum in your classroom. Workshop materials will be drawn from the Since Time Immemorial curriculum in Washington State and curriculum changes in Canada in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s education recommendations.   There will also be experiential learning opportunities on Coast Salish territories, including an educators’ tour of the world-renowned Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC.


June 24 – June 28, 2018


The majority of the conference will take place on WWU’s beautiful campus in Bellingham, WA (June 24-26)  but we will travel for one day/night to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Passports will be required.


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What did past participants think about “STUDY CANADA”?

“Any teacher who is responsible for covering Canada in their classroom should become a STUDY CANADA participant. The excellent presenters and resources will only enhance your knowledge of Canada. This is a 5-star program!”  – Kathie Morsette, CO (2015)

Why have so many American K-12 educators participated in STUDY CANADA?

The U.S. today faces unprecedented demand for globally competent citizens and professionals. To this end, U.S. Department of Education Title VI grants support language training programs and area studies, including Canada, so that students learn more about the world and transnational trends. The U.S.D.O.E.-designated Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada offers the STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators annually to provide American educators with an excellent foundation for teaching about our vital political, economic, environmental and cultural relationships with Canada. Important outcomes have always included gaining global perspectives of civic issues, receiving numerous resources for classroom use, and developing curricula that meet Common Core, C3 and state standards.

Program Information

“STUDY CANADA” is a renowned professional development program that provides American teachers with an excellent foundation for teaching about our northern neighbor and our important relationship. For almost 40 years, educators from across the U.S. have participated in the workshop to learn about core social studies topics related to Canada—such as geography, history, government, and economics—from university faculty and other experts. Cultural components include a series of unique learning experiences that reflect the ties that bind the U.S. and Canada as cultural cousins, political neighbors, environmental stewards of the continent, and as trade partners with strong ties to Pacific Rim nations. Important outcomes include development of curricula that meets Common Core and state-based standards, gaining global perspectives of civic issues, and receiving numerous resources for classroom use

Primary Sponsors: The U.S. Department of Education supports the Pacific Northwest National Resource Center for Canada (Western Washington University and the University of Washington) with funding from a Title VI Program Grant.