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 observe reductions in bullying. With these objectives in mind, CCLET’s school programs help to prepare the next generation of Canadians for civic engagement by introducing students to the exploration of civil liberties and encouraging the development of democratic habits.

Since the early 1990s, CCLET has been providing free workshops, seminars, and in-class sessions to teach students about their rights and freedoms. Through full-class discussion, small-group cooperative learning, and individual critical thinking strategies, students explore social justice issues and learn to ask the kinds of questions that may not have easy answers. With resources and programming developed and delivered by certified teachers, academics, and lawyers, our program supports and fulfills curriculum expectations in many subject areas including Language Arts, Media Literacy, Social Studies, and History.

 

Civil Liberties in the Classroom

The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust maintains that anyone who has the capacity to say “that’s not fair,” can then engage in critical thinking about rights and responsibilities.  Check out the links below to explore the many ways  in which CCLET’s school programs and resources can help to encourage the development of democratic habits and prepare the […]

Learning Tools

Please feel free to try these tools in your classrooms and tell us how it went; or if you have a lesson plan, book or resource of your own that you would like to share with us, please let us know!

That’s Not Fair!

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.

Updates

CCLET in the Schools

December 14, 2017

CCLET’s Teaching Civil Liberties program brings engaging speakers into Faculties of Education, where teacher candidates learn strategies for encouraging civic engagement and critical thinking about rights and freedoms in their future classrooms.  With roughly 2,000 prospective teachers participating in this program each year — many of whom will go on to teach hundreds of students […]

Fundamental Freedoms Conference 2017 – Toronto

December 5, 2017

The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust will celebrate its 21st annual Fundamental Freedoms Conference this year on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. The annual conference brings together hundreds of Toronto District School Board high school students. Students attending have the opportunity to attend workshops on many issues including: food security, police carding, health, sexuality, and the […]

Introducing the Winners of CCLET’s Annual Chernos Essay Competition

June 21, 2017

About the Prize: 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 […]

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