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 Announces Winners of 15th Annual Chernos Essay Competition

June 23, 2016

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 […]

Apply to be a Peer Privacy Protector!

April 11, 2016

CCLA and CCLET are seeking creative and dynamic high school students who have an interest in learning more about technology and its implications on their privacy rights, and are willing to serve as privacy ambassadors in their schools and communities.  In addition to enhancing their knowledge and gaining valuable experience for their resumes, student participants […]

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 […]

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