Learn About Your Charter Rights

Teaching and Learning Tools

THAt's Not FAIR!

Visit www.thatsnotfair.ca to access our animated series, along with lesson plans and video games designed to encourage learners aged 6-11 to think about what it means to be fair in democracy.




The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) is a non-profit research and educational organization created by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. 

Each year CCLET reaches 11,000+ elementary to graduate level students, from a wide range of public, separate, and private educational institutions. Through our Civil Liberties in the Classroom and our Teaching Civil Liberties programs, which are funded by both a Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) grant and private donations, we provide workshops, seminars, and in-class sessions for schools, school boards, faculties of education, and community groups and nonprofit agencies, educating people in Canada about their rights and freedoms.



Looking for a guest speaker or workshop facilitator for your class or student group? Our Civil Liberties in the Schools program provides free, fun and engaging workshops for elementary classes where students have an opportunity to examine questions of fairness and rights. Using stories, videos, picture books, and lots of questions, our staff deliver elementary social studies curriculum on rights and responsibilities in ways that enable students participants to consider the choices made by people who live in a democracy.

To learn more, download a copy of CCLET’s Elementary Program Flyer or watch a short clip of a grade 5 workshop.

To request a workshop for your school or classroom, please submit an online request.


Would you like a guest speaker or workshop facilitator to help explain the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to your classes? Our Civil Liberties in the Schools program provides free workshops in courses including Civics, Law, English, Family Studies, Social Justice, Equity, History, Indigenous Studies and other social science classes. We help teachers deliver curriculum on law, civil liberties, human rights, and the Charter, using a wide variety of resources including real legal cases and stories from the morning news. Workshops can be facilitated for classrooms, keynote addresses, student conferences, or school-wide events.

To learn more, download a copy of CCLET’s High School Program Flyer.

To request a workshop for your school or classroom, please submit an online request.


How do democratic principles apply to the teaching profession? How can teachers help students develop the skills to address divergent views on controversial issues such as abortion, capital punishment, and LGBTQ2S+ rights? How far should we extend religious freedoms? How can we talk about the conflict between free speech and hate speech? How we discuss these issues in class? If we avoid them, what message do we send to students? If we open the debate, how do we facilitate respectful discussion?

Our Teaching Civil Liberties program facilitates free, interactive workshops that provide teachers and teacher candidates the tools to empower their students to think critically about and discuss issues for which there can be no perfect solution, and to actively seek out views that differ from their own.

To learn more about our Teaching Civil Liberties workshops, download a copy of CCLET’s Teaching Civil Liberties Program Flyer.


Do you belong to a seniors’ group, an ESL class, a newcomer group, a youth group, a social action committee, or other community group? Are you a community worker or a not-for-profit agency providing direct services?  Do you want to know more about your rights and freedoms ?

We facilitate workshops on civil liberties topics such as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, freedom of expression, religious freedoms, equality, the right to protest, and privacy and surveillance.

To request a workshop for your group, please submit an online request here.

Si vous voulez organiser une présentation( en français) pour votre groupe, veuillez remplir le formulaire ici.

Learn about your charter rights

“That’s not fair” – An interactive civil liberties experience for kids 7-11

As soon as children can say, “That’s Not Fair!” they are ready to talk about their rights and freedoms. That’s Not Fair! is a series developed by the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust to invite kids, ages 7 to 11, to think critically about what it means to live in a democracy.


Is there something you want to change? What does advocacy mean anyway? This is a guide to help you be the change and defend your rights.

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That’s Not Fair!

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Learning Tools

Looking for engaging civil liberties teaching materials? CCLET offers lesson plans, know-your-rights guides, and A.Alan Borovoy’s booklet “The Fundamentals of our Fundamental Freedoms” for use in high school classrooms. These materials help augment and deliver curriculum in many high school social studies courses. They can also assist teachers in covering controversial or difficult human rights and civil liberties topics. All of these resources engage people in critical thinking and weighing the importance of competing democratic values.

Please feel free to try out these resources in your classrooms and tell us how it went; or if you have a lesson plan or resource of your own that you would like to share with us, we’d love to hear from you! Simply email us at [email]education@ccla.org[/email].


Peer PRivacy protector’s guidebook

CCLA and CCLA have created a guidebook by teens, for teens, as part of a project funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. The guidebook contains information and tips to help teens think about their  rights, learn about risks to their personal information and online reputation, and take positive steps to protect their online privacy.

Click here to access and download the PPP Guidebook, available in English and French.


Lesson Plans

Making difficult decisions about justice and fairness in a democracy requires the ability to balance conflicting rights and freedoms.

Click here to access lesson plans and resources that you can use to help engage students in critical thinking for social justice.


CCLET’s Acorn Test

Rules and laws are important but are they always fair? The Acorn test was developed by the CCLET as a tool for helping individuals decide whether or not a rule that limits rights or freedoms is reasonable. The Acorn Test is so named because it is a simplified version of the Oakes Test – a legal analysis established by the Supreme Court of Canada to assess the reasonability of a limitation on a right or freedom found in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Click here to see an interactive explanation of CCLET’s Acorn test, suitable for learners aged 12 and up.

Is it fair to place age limits on voting rights? Click here to apply CCLET’s Acorn test to help you decide.


The Fundamentals of our Fundamental Freedoms

The Fundamentals of our Fundamental Freedoms is an excellent primer on civil liberties and democracy written by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s former General Counsel, A. Alan Borovoy. This guide, written in easy to follow language, is a great foundation for students wanting to learn more about their rights and freedoms.

Download an English version here.

Download a French version here.


LGBTQ Rights in Schools

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Education Trust have created a guide to LGBTQ rights in schools. This resource will help students, allies, and teachers better understand students’ rights, and how to take positive action toward making schools a safer place for all. Click here to read the full guide.