Educational Programs & Workshops

Educational Programs & Workshops

​​The Legislative Assembly provides British Columbians with educational programs and workshops to build greater understanding and appreciation of the work of the Assembly and the institution of Parliament.

B.C. Teachers' Institute on Parliamentary Democracy

Sponsored by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the annual British Columbia Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy is an intensive four-day professional development opportunity for teachers of social studies and related subjects in elementary, middle and secondary school. Participating teachers return to their schools with an enhanced understanding of parliamentary democracy and political process in B.C.

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B.C. Legislative Internship Program

The B.C. Legislative Internship Program enables Canadian university graduates to supplement their academic training by observing the daily workings of the Legislature first-hand, and by providing Members of the Legislative Assembly with additional assistance during the parliamentary session. This six-month program includes both ministry and caucus assignments, designed to provide exposure to public policy-making and legislative processes.

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​Parliamentary Procedure Workshops

For Provincial Public Servants

​​​​​​​​​These one-day workshops for provincial public servants, developed and delivered by the Legislative Assembly, are intended to provide for a greater understanding of parliamentary procedure. Topics covered include the legislative and budgetary process in British Columbia and Cabinet and Treasury Board decision-making.

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Speaker in the Schools Program

The Speaker in the Schools Program was successfully launched in the fall of 2012. This initiative encourages students in grades 4 through 7 to engage in democracy and consider contributing to their communities by becoming parliamentarians when they grow up. Madame Speaker has travelled to classrooms around the province, meeting with students and leading them through a model legislature exercise.

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Spring & Summer Break Programs

This 1.5 hour program is designed for families with children aged 6 – 10 years of age. The visit consists of a guided tour and scavenger hunt followed by an art activity. Participants learn about the architecture and history of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and be introduced to BC’s parliamentary system of governance.  

Based on the success of our 2017 programs, stay tuned for more information about Spring and Summer Break 2018.

Email tours@leg.bc.ca to register.​

Educational Workshops for Post-Secondary Classes

The Parliamentary Education Office is able to coordinate educational workshops tailored for post-secondary classes on topics related to parliamentary process in British Columbia.

Please contact the Parliamentary Education Office by email at PEO@leg.bc.ca to enquire about this opportunity.


 

Governance and Beyond Program

In partnership with the Royal BC Museum, this elementary school program explores the different forms of governance, beginning with indigenous ways of knowing and being. The day-long program starts with a Learning Lab at the Royal BC Museum and finishes with a chamber tour and classroom session at the Parliament Buildings. Students will ​be able to experience the processes of governing through a diverse lens, across multiple institutions.

Questions? Email tours@leg.bc.ca. To register, please visit the Royal BC Museum's ​website here​.


 

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