The Freedom of Expression through Clothing learning activity is the first in what we hope will be a series of case studies about rights and freedoms in Canada. It consists of two parts:

• A short video is followed by a simulated social media discussion of the case in which you can choose which comments to “like” to explore arguments for and against restricting expression through clothing.
• The accompanying Teacher’s Guide provides prompts and questions to facilitate a debrief of the online activity and expand on the issues raised.

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Note for Teachers: The “Freedom of Expression Through Clothing” learning activity is designed to help high school students think critically about freedom of expression, especially as it relates to expressing oneself through clothing choices.

The activity asks students to consider when (if ever) it is reasonable and/or justified to restrict a person’s freedom of expression as enshrined in section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

This Teacher’s Guide supports the interactive online case study, and provides two in-class facilitated case studies, with questions you can ask, and background information where it might be needed during the lesson.



CCLET gratefully acknowledges the design expertise and exceptional patience of the GEVC team who worked with us to create these case study materials!

This project was supported by a grant from CIRA’s Community Investment Program.