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.

 

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

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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