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How Gold Shaped a Province and its People

by Apple Distinguished Educators

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

Why study a gold rush?
Gold shaped British Columbia in to the Pacific Rim nation it is today. The gold rush was a whirlwind of forces that connected the West to the rest of the world. 

The allure of gold sparked immigration. The West’s first Chinese and Black settlers arrived; the oldest Jewish community formed. Québec miners met French gold-seekers on the Fraser River. People gathered in BC from Australia, Chile, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, and elsewhere.

The gold rush was also a source of the West’s deepest wounds: violence, racism, and injustice. It is a story of lost and gained homelands, war and peace, mingling cultures, and a new commonwealth. 

While others might suggest that western Canada began with the railway. This course will try and convince you that it began with a gold rush.

This course was originally designed for a Humanities course at the Grade 10 level.

How Gold Shaped a Province and its People
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