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Calling all young change makers!

Are rights and freedoms your thing? Keen to increase your activism skills and hone your ability to advocate for positive social/political change? Interested in the frontiers of civil liberties battles in Canada, such as the intersection between emerging technologies, government surveillance, and privacy? Want to spend time engaging with and learning from some of Canada’s foremost constitutional law experts and exploring the complex legal issues CCLA’s legal directors are currently thinking about? 

If your answers are yes, then Camp CCLA is for you! 

Building on our 50+ years as Canada’s leading civil liberties defender and educator, summer 2020 sees the launch of Camp CCLA. Offering two one-week modules, pick the one you are most interested in or come to both! Hosted by Ryerson University, Camp CCLA gives you the added benefit of real-life university campus experience.      

Led by CCLA’s education and legal experts and law student staff, Camp CCLA will provide you with an immersive, highly engaging learning experience.  

Each week includes interactive learning activities, small-group exercises, guest lectures with invited experts from the legal and community sectors, at least one field-trip, and an over-arching week-long project.

Week One: RADVocacy 

July 6-10, 2020 

Want to stand up to power? Change the world? Come learn how to change it with us! CCLA fights for the civil liberties, human rights, and democratic freedoms of all people in Canada, and since 1964, we have been at the forefront of all of cutting edge Canadian civil liberties debates, working in the courts, before legislative committees, in the classrooms, and on the streets. We have a well-deserved reputation for our principled stand on such issues as equality, fundamental freedoms, national security, censorship, capital punishment, and police and state accountability, and our ability to make change happen!

RADvocacy Week will see you exploring avenues for challenging injustice through the courts using the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, whilst also working with like-minded folk and community-based groups to build grassroots campaigns to advocate for change. Tackling current rights and freedoms issues, you will draft court documents, strategize with lawyers, develop legal arguments, dialogue with community-based activists, build a change campaign, and pitch your cause!

Week Two: Big Tech Meets Civil Liberties 

July 13-17, 2020
The speed of technological advances seem to double every second. We have tech that recommends new music to us, lets us play games with people in different time zones,  helps diagnose life threatening diseases, and combs the dark web to track human traffickers. But on the flip side, tech also lets corporations profit from our whereabouts and our spending habits, enables governments to identify and track us using our faces, or predict how likely we will be to skip bail, opens the door to genetically engineering future generations, and influence our democratic elections. So the intersection between technology and civil liberties is also changing every second.

Is AI a good thing or a bad thing for our rights and freedoms? Who should get to access to and profit from our personal data? Who is most at risk when technology steps over the line? Who should watch the watchers? How can we protect our hard won civil liberties from the technology of the future? Explore these questions and more in Week Two – Civil Liberties Meets Big Tech. Meet and dialogue with lawyers, civil libertarians, and tech developers and innovators as you grapple with these big picture issues.


Who is Camp CCLA for?

High school students currently in grades 10 – 12 interested in rights and freedoms, law, civil liberties, activism, technology, making positive social change, and meeting like-minded people!

When is Camp CCLA?
  • Week One runs July 6 -10, 2020
  • Week Two runs July 13-17, 2020.
  • Each camp day runs 9:30am to 4:00pm
Where is Camp CCLA?

Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, in downtown Toronto

What are the two different weeks? 
  • Week One: RADvocacy
  • Week Two: Civil Liberties Meets Big Tech 
Do I get a high school credit from Camp CCLA?

No, Camp CCLA does not give you a high school credit. But it will look great on your postsecondary education applications!

What does Camp CCLA cost?
  • Week One: $900
  • Week Two: $900
  • Weeks 1 & 2 Combo: $1750
What does Camp CCLA fees include?
  • Educational programming
  • Interactions with members of the legal sector and other experts
  • Conversations about careers and opportunities in law and advocacy
  • Program and activity materials
  • Public transport (TTC) to and from program activities
  • Opportunities to experience life on a Canadian university campus
What does Camp CCLA not include?
  • Accommodation
  • Lunch and snacks (brown-bag it or buy your lunch on campus)
  • Transport to and from camp each day
What is the cancellation policy?
  • Cancel Camp CCLA registrations before midnight on June 8, 2020 and camp fees will be refunded (less Eventbrite’s fees)
  • Refunds are not available for any reason for any cancellation made after June 8, 2020.
  • All fees for registrations after June 8, 2020 are final and non-refundable.
How do I sign-up?
  • Apply online!  
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Full payment is required at time of registration.
  • We will send a confirmation email to the address you provide.
  • We will send a confirmation email to the address you provide.