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.

 

Workshops

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.

 

LESSON PLANS

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!

 

Updates

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 […]

CCLET Awarded CIRA Grant To Develop Online Rights Education

June 15, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2017 TORONTO, Ont – The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) is launching a project to work with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities to develop web-based, relevant, and culturally appropriate civil liberties and human rights education. This project is made possible by a grant from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s […]

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 […]

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