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 next generation of Canadians for civic engagement. CCLET has special resources and activities specially designed for children 12 and under.



Looking for a guest speaker or workshop facilitator for your class or student group? CCLET offers fun and engaging workshops for elementary classrooms where children have an opportunity to examine questions of fairness and rights. Using stories, videos, picture books, and lots of questions, CCLET staff members deliver Ontario’s elementary social studies curriculum on rights and responsibilities in ways that require participants to think about the choices made by everyone who lives 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.



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

CCLET’s lesson plans have been developed by certified teachers, academics, and lawyers, and satisfy curriculum requirements in multiple subject areas including Language Arts; Media Literacy; Social Studies; and Citizenship.

Barnyard Protest: Cows & Chickens & Fundamental Freedoms
The storybook Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, by Doreen Cronin, is a fun and entertaining way to teach students what it means to have a right or a freedom and also peacefully advocate for an important cause.

That’s Not Fair!
That’s Not Fair! is an animated series created by the CCLET to engage children in critical thinking about their rights and freedoms. Watch each episode and then download the associated lesson plan to explore important issues such as equality, freedom of religion, privacy, and more!



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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