Grades: 5-12

  • British Columbia History
  • Canadian History
  • British North American Colonial History
  • Aboriginal History in British Columbia
Key Topics
  • James Douglas “Father of British Columbia”
  • Important events in the historical development of British Columbia
  • Analysis of primary and secondary sources

Author: Lindsay Gibson
Editors: Roland Case, John Lutz and Jenny Clayton
Historical Researcher: Jenny Clayton, PhD, Department of History, University of Victoria
Developed by: The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2)

Did Governor James Douglas Deserve to be Knighted?


Explore a different historical perspective

Invite students to assume the role of a lawyer hired by the Cowichan band to defend Tathlasut in the case of the shooting of Thomas Williams (Case Study #2). Review evidence from the case study and develop three or four strong arguments to defend Tathlasut’s actions and attempt to acquit him of his charges.

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