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 over 10,000 primary to graduate level students, from a wide range of public, separate, and private educational institutions. Through the Civil Liberties in the Schools and the Teaching Civil Liberties Projects, which are funded by the CCLET and the Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO), the organization provides free workshops, seminars, and in-class sessions in schools, educational institutions, and faculties of education, educating citizens about their rights and freedoms. 

Elementary

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Children who think critically about their rights and responsibilities are better prepared to live in a diverse community. Understanding that different views are acceptable and that we can disagree with one another respectfully are important aspects of democratic and civic engagement. There are even indications that schools where these ideas are alive and at work may […]

High School

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High School students are acutely aware of issues of fairness, and are learning to look critically at the world around them and question what they see. CCLET helps to prepare the next generation of Canadians for civic engagement by introducing teens to the exploration of civil liberties and encouraging the development of democratic habits. . […]

Student Contests

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What’s Not Fair to You? What does it mean to be an informed and participating citizen in a democratic society? How many times each day do you hear and see things around you that prompt you to think “that’s not fair”? Well, now you have the chance to do something about it! The CCLET’s annual […]

Professional Development and Community Engagement

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In its efforts to see more people involved in the practice of democracy, CCLET has developed a unique approach to engaging educators in teaching critical thinking about rights and freedoms for social justice.  Using principles that inform the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, CCLET provides teachers and students with a  basic structure of questions […]

Updates

CCLET Announces Winners of 14th Annual Chernos Essay Competition

June 1, 2015

Each year, CCLET holds a high school essay competition in honor of the late Bernard Chernos, a civil libertarian, lawyer, and lover of lively debate.  Students from across Canada are asked to respond to one of four questions dealing with a conflict of Charter rights and freedoms for a chance to win $500 and a […]

CCLET’s High School Lesson Plans

May 17, 2015

Below you will find lesson plans that can help encourage the development of democratic habits and prepare the next generation of Canadians for civic engagement. 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 […]

Students launch court challenge of mandatory prom breathalyzer

February 24, 2015

Students at Northern Secondary School in Toronto contacted the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in May 2014 for help in convincing their school administration that compulsory breathalyzer tests for all students present at prom was a violation of their rights. CCLA helped connect them to lawyer Jonathan Lisus, who helped them file a charter application against […]

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