FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2017
TORONTO, Ont – The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) is launching a project to work with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities to develop web-based, relevant, and culturally appropriate civil liberties and human rights education. This project is made possible by a grant from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s (CIRA) Community Investment Program.
“Young people need to know their rights so that they can defend them,” says April Julian, CCLET’s director of education. “Thanks to the funding we have received from CIRA’s Community Investment Program, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is delighted to have the opportunity to work with remote communities across Canada to develop and deliver relevant rights-based educational programs.”
Access to guest speakers and enriched educational programming in rural, remote and Indigenous communities is often limited. Isolation and lack of resources can put marginalized community members at greater risk of rights violations. Accessible and collaboratively developed rights education will empower communities as well as strengthen ties with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Education Trust.
CCLET will work in consultation with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities to develop relevant resources and tools for teachers and students to provide civic education to learners in these typically under-served communities.
For more than 20 years, CCLET has developed a unique strategy for teaching civil liberties concepts to diverse learners. The tools created through the partnerships and collaborations that arise from this project will allow our rights-based programming, which has largely been restricted to urban areas in Ontario, to be more readily available to learners and educators nationwide. The Internet and support from CIRA is integral to our goal of increasing public participation in policy making and civic/political engagement.
About Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust
The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust is a non-profit research and educational organization created by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Each year CCLET reaches approximately 8,000 students of all ages in Ontario through its free Civil Liberties in the Schools and the Teaching Civil Liberties projects. Visit ccla.org/education/ to learn more.
About CIRA and the Community Investment Program
Through the Community Investment Program, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) funds projects that demonstrate the capacity to build a better online Canada. The CIRA team manages Canada’s country code top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. A member-based organization, CIRA represents the interests of Canada’s Internet community internationally. To date, the Community Investment Program has provided grants totalling over $4 million.
Noa Mendelsohn Aviv
Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust
Canadian Internet Registration Authority