CIVIL LIBERTIES EDUCATION

COVID-19 notice: We are available to do virtual CCLA workshops for your classes. CLICK HERE TO BOOK A WORKSHOP WITH US!

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.

Our Ontario education programming is generously funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario. Thanks to their support, we are able to reach students and offer our programming to them and to their teachers. Thank you!

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

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.

Si vous souhaitez d’organiser une présentation (en français) pour votre école, veuillez remplir le formulaire ici.

HIGH SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

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.

Si vous souhaitez d’organiser une présentation (en français) pour votre école, veuillez remplir le formulaire ici.

TEACHER AND PRE-SERVICE TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

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.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

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 souhaitez d’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.

LEARN HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR YOUR RIGHTS

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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