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The 1918 Influenza Epidemic in Prince George: Learning Resource

A primary source analysis teaching resource about the 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic in the Prince George area

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Northern BC Archives & Special Collections
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Location: UNBC Prince George
Geoffrey R. Weller Library
4th Floor (Room 5-423)

Discussion Questions

Topic: The impact of the Spanish Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919 on British Columbia

How did the media accounts of the flu epidemic influence the province’s response?


How did the media in BC in 1918-1919 portray the impact of the Spanish influenza epidemic on BC’s communities?


Assess the credibility and justifiability of the 1918-1919 media’s representation of BC’s First Nations communities in its response to the Spanish influenza epidemic.


How does the response to other 20th century global health epidemics (i.e. TB epidemic, AIDS) Compare and contrasts from that of the response to the influenza epidemic of 1918-1919?


What were the factors for changes in global health epidemic responses?


What were the perspectives and experiences of BC’s settlers to the Spanish influenza epidemic?


What were the perspectives and responses of BC’s First Nations communities to the Spanish influenza epidemic?


How were they the same? How were they different?


How did the authorities (i.e. government, religious groups, social reform organizations, medical professionals) responses to the Spanish influenza epidemic influence relationships between BC settlers and BC’s First Nations communities?


Review historic maps, photos and other textual sources to determine the impact of the Spanish influenza epidemic on a community in BC. What were the immediate impacts? What were the long-term impacts?

Learning Activities

Here are a few ideas for learning activities for students of the local 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic in the Prince George area:

  • Take a trip to the Prince George Municipal Cemetery. Walk through the headstones, looking for the local victims of the 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic.
  • Research a person or family affected by the local 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic. What can you find out about their life by using primary and secondary sources?