Through an exploration of textbooks used in BC schools (1871-1921), this talk explores the common myths and omissions included in these early historical narratives written for children. It will explore the historical textbook representations of Indigenous peoples and cultures and what this means in the context of Truth and Reconciliation today.
Pia Russell is a passionate librarian, archivist, educator, and historian. She is a UVic’s Education Librarian, Coordinator of UVic’s Libraries’ Learning and Research Unit, and a director on the board of the BC Library Association. She is also the founding curator of the UVic Libraries’ British Columbia Historical Textbooks collection and digital library.