What is the cost?
- School-day program cost is $9* per student for one 90-minute staff-led program.
- Unless otherwise noted.
- Additional 90-minute staff-led programs are $6* per student.
- We require a minimum fee for 15 participants.
- There are no additional taxes on education programs
Can we have lunch?
- Lunch space is included in your visit if scheduled.
- There is no food on site please bring a lunch
- A water fountain is available.
How many chaperones can I bring?
- Chaperones are included at no extra cost at the following ratios:
- K-3 1:5
- 3-8 1:8
- 9+ 1:10
- We do not recommend any additional adults.
How long are the programs?
- Programs are approximately 90-minutes long unless otherwise noted.
- Most classes do a two program day with a 30 minute lunch and 30 minutes at the end of the day for self touring and shopping.
Do you offer French programming?
- Many programs are available in French or English please inquire when booking.
Can I schedule time for students to see the museum?
- Yes we can definitely schedule time for students to self tour!
- We recommend 30 minutes.
Can I schedule time for students to snack in the morning?
- Yes but please let us know in advance so we can plan your program accordingly.
Can I come for a program after hours?
- Week-night program cost is $11* per student for one program
- We require a minimum fee for 15 to run these programs.
Can we come back to spend more time in the galleries?
- Yes with our new class pass you can come back for only $2 a student.
We are a lower income school do you offer any subsidies?
- As a non-profit we run our educational programming with the lowest fees possible. However may of our past groups have made their trip possible with support for busing fees from the charity Day Trippers.
How To Book
To book a school program, call or email Kelly Pineault, Program Manager ([email protected]), or 705-748-9153 x 203 with the following:
- Your name
- A contact number for you
- The names of any other teachers accompanying you
- Your School
- Student Grade
- Number of Students
- Preferred Dates
- Preferred Arrival Time
- Program Choices if Known
- Any special needs or considerations of your class
Treaty by Canoe
Please note: this is currently a pilot program
In this three-hour program students will “journey by canoe” through the traditional territory of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation of the Mushkegowuk and Anishinaabe Peoples of Northern Ontario, travelled in 1905 by the Commissioners and the Indigenous crew in the making of Treaty no. 9.
A GIS Story Map will help students gain an understanding of the vastness of the territory, the inseparable relationship of Indigenous peoples’ to the land, the challenges of the journey, and the skill of the Indigenous crew who guided the delegation.
In addition to a virtual experience, students will “travel” to place markers, or lobsticks, throughout the museum, for hands on, audio and visual activities (birch bark canoe repair, portaging, journaling, harvesting, hunting and fishing rights and customs of the land.
Students will also hone their critical skills, as part of one of the Treaty signing communities, hearing surviving written records and oral testimony of Mushkegowuk and Anishinaabe representatives who give accounts of the making of an agreement to share the land and the promises made in stark contrast to the surviving government parchment that is Treaty no. 9.
Grade 9- Canadian and World Studies, Issues in Canadian Geography, Academic and Applied; To explore treaty territories where resource extraction is taking place; To explore locational patterns of First Nations communities
Grade 10 Canadian History since World War I, Academic and Applied- To explore current regional issues impacted by treaty rights (e.g., resource development, infrastructure, land claims)
Grade 12 – Canadian and World Studies – Canada: History, Identity, and Culture – To explore the treaties and First Nations communities that emerged between 1774 and 1945 to explore current regional issues impacted by treaty rights (e.g., resource development, infrastructure, land claims)
Grade 12, Business Leadership: Management Fundamentals, University/College Preparation (BOH4M), Foundations of Management, Issues of Ethics and Social Responsibility– evaluate the impact of major ethical issues (e.g., … Aboriginal land claims versus interests of resource companies) and dilemmas (e.g., for the individual, the workplace, and the local and global community) on management strategies and decision making
“What a great way to work on leadership, listening, thinking, offering advice and sharing when working on a community project! The snow blindness added an element of unexpected challenge. Students reflected on their learning and behaviour as a result, so it was very appropriate.” – Teacher
Full-sized Paddle Carving
7.5 hrs, $80 (bass wood)
Souvenir Paddle Carving
3 hrs, $18/student (poplar)
“The soapstone carving workshop had all students actively engaged, for the entire visit. The amount of time in the museum, to create concrete links to the culture and geography of the north, was well considered. The closing lesson around the qulliq provided an excellent opportunity to refocus the group, and introduce the students to Indigenous vocabulary before our departure. It was well worth the drive to Peterborough from Scarborough.” – Teacher