Chief Dan George Story

Teachers: catch these informative field trips only until December 15, 2023

The Chief Dan George Story for Grades 3-7

Ole Antoine,’ Dan George, Burrard Reserve, North Vancouver holding a drum painted by Minn Sjoselth (1968) Museum of Anthropology a038335

Explore the life and legacy of səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Chief Dan George, including the significance of his acting career, activism and efforts to preserve local Indigenous traditions culture. Through images and activities, students come to know səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Chief Dan George and understand his historical significance. They discover how his acting career helped change the image of Indigenous people in the media and how his activism raised awareness of Indigenous rights in Canada.

Your students will:

  • View primary source evidence and develop photo and artifact analysis skills.
  • Assess the historical significance of Chief Dan George.
  • Read and discuss poetry by Chief Dan George, including his ‘Lament to Confederation’.
  • Watch a unique video about Chief Dan George produced by the MONOVA.


The Chief Dan George Story for Grades 8-12

Chief Dan George (ca. 1960s) NVMA 15933

Students will explore the life and legacy of səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Chief Dan George through video, primary source texts and archival images. This program allows for a critical assessment of his historical significance as well as a discussion of modern perspectives of his ‘Lament for Confederation’.

Your students will:

  • Establish historical significance
  • Use primary source evidence
  • Identify continuity and change
  • Take historical perspectives


To book a field trip to see the Chief Dan George exhibit, contact our educational programmer at the museum (250-746-6612) or fill out the form below. No need to check the Programmes boxes; enter Chief Dan George in the Comment or Message box.

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