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.

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Civil Liberties Classroom Workshops

Would you  like a guest speaker or workshop facilitator to help explain the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to your classes? CCLET provides free civil liberties workshops to grade 10 Civics, Grade 11 and 12 Law, English, Social Justice and other social studies classes. Each year we visit upwards of 200 high school classrooms with our special interactive, rights-focussed civil liberties program. We help teachers deliver curriculum on law, human rights, and the Charter, using a wide variety of resources including important legal cases as well as stories from the morning news. CCLET’s workshops can be arranged for single classes, keynote addresses, conferences, professional development or full school-events.

To learn more, download a copy of CCLET’s High School Program Flyer.

To request a workshop for your school or classroom, please submit an online request here.

 

 

Student Contests

If you are an articulate and engaged high school student, or a teacher whose students fit this description, we have a wonderful opportunity for you. Thanks to the generosity of the family of the late Bernard Chernos, CCLET offers prizes to students and their schools who submit winning essays on a challenging civil liberties question. This year’s competition flyer can be found here.

 Do you prefer to express yourself using other media such as video, music, or graphic arts? Then please consider making a submission to CCLET’s “What’s Not Fair to You?” competition. We want to know what is unfair in your community and what lawful approaches you have taken to resolve the problem. To learn more and submit your entry, please see our flyer here.

 

Learning Tools

Looking for engaging civil liberties teaching materials? CCLET offers lesson plans, know-your-rights guides, and A.Alan Borovoy’s booklet “The Fundamentals of our Fundamental Freedoms” for use in high school classrooms. These materials help augment and deliver curriculum in many high school social studies courses. They can also assist teachers in covering controversial or difficult human rights […]

Youth in Action!

Youth across Canada are proving that you can make a difference at any age.  Check out these stories of brave young people who recognized injustice and found peaceful and lawful ways to stand up for their rights and the rights of others.  You might even be inspired to take action for your own important cause! […]

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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