KMA School Programs

People + Place: Kamloops’ Cultural Communities (Grade 2 to 3)

This program introduces the history of different cultural communities that today call Kamloops home.  
After exploring archival images and personal stories of real life Kamloopsians, students will have their own opportunity to become storytellers through object-based exploration of “artifacts” from different communities.

Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Social Studies
$50 | 60 minutes | 30 students max.

Lesson Plan

Cause + Consequence: Fur Trade in Kamloops (Grade 4)

Learning through artifacts, archival documents, stories, and photos, students will explore the fur trade in Kamloops. Focusing on the causes and consequences of this history, students will use Historical Thinking Concepts to “think like an historian” and chart out not only the immediate impacts but also the longer-term consequences of colonialism that can still be felt throughout Canada today.

Curriculum Connections: Social Studies
$50 | 75 minutes | 30 students max.

Lesson Plan

Ethics + Injustice: Discriminatory Policies in Canada (Grade 5)

As Canada has grown as a nation we can reflect on the collective decisions that have shaped us today, and also think about how those decisions have led to community-building, grassroots movements, and at times injustice. This program will look at two laws, one local and one national, asking students to draw conclusions and make ethical judgements about these past laws.

Curriculum Connections: Social Studies
$50 | 60 minutes | 30 students max.

Lesson Plan

ARCHIVES 101 (Grade 5 to 12)

The Mary Balf Archives is home to over 8000 photographs, primary historical documents and newspapers on microfilm. Join our archivist to explore the functionality of an archives and utilize the KMA's collection. Please note this class can only be booked in the mornings. 


Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, English Language Arts

$90 | 90 minutes | 20 Students

RESEARCHING HISTORY (Grade 5 to 12)

Kick off your research right! This program is perfect for any class wanting to learn how to do primary document research. Each class is split into two groups: one half goes on a tour of the KMA that looks at artifacts as primary source material while the other half is introduced to the Mary Balf Archives. This program is about one hour in length and hosted by the educator and archivist. Please note this class can only be booked in the mornings. 


Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, English Language Arts

$50 | 60 minutes | 30 students + 2 adults (split into 2 groups)