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 and civil liberties topics. All of these resources engage people in critical thinking and weighing the importance of competing democratic values.

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 would like to share with us, we’d love to hear from you! Simply email us at education@ccla.org.


Peer PRivacy protector’s guidebook

CCLA and CCLA have created a guidebook by teens, for teens, as part of a project funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. The guidebook contains information and tips to help teens think about their  rights, learn about risks to their personal information and online reputation, and take positive steps to protect their online privacy.

Click here to access and download the PPP Guidebook, available in English and French.


Lesson Plans

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

Click here to access lesson plans and resources that you can use to help engage students in critical thinking for social justice.


CCLET’s Acorn Test

Rules and laws are important but are they always fair? The Acorn test was developed by the CCLET as a tool for helping individuals decide whether or not a rule that limits rights or freedoms is reasonable. The Acorn Test is so named because it is a simplified version of the Oakes Test – a legal analysis established by the Supreme Court of Canada to assess the reasonability of a limitation on a right or freedom found in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Click here to see an interactive explanation of CCLET’s Acorn test, suitable for learners aged 12 and up.

Is it fair to place age limits on voting rights? Click here to apply CCLET’s Acorn test to help you decide.


The Fundamentals of our Fundamental Freedoms

The Fundamentals of our Fundamental Freedoms is an excellent primer on civil liberties and democracy written by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s former General Counsel, A. Alan Borovoy. This guide, written in easy to follow language, is a great foundation for students wanting to learn more about their rights and freedoms.

Download an English version here.

Download a French version here.


LGBTQ Rights in Schools

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Education Trust have created a guide to LGBTQ rights in schools. This resource will help students, allies, and teachers better understand students’ rights, and how to take positive action toward making schools a safer place for all. Click here to read the full guide.


Weigh in on our next case study: Artificial Intelligence and Public Safety

August 1, 2018

CCLET hopes to keep adding case studies to the Remote Rights site, and we could use some help. Because we know that projects get better when we include a diversity of opinions and engage with other people who care about rights education, we’re trying something new: we’re sharing our latest idea at the conceptual stage […]

June 29, 2018

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is one part of the Canadian Constitution. The Constitution is the supreme law of Canada. The Charter sets out those rights and freedoms that Canadians believe are necessary in a free and democratic society.  Some of the rights and freedoms contained in the Charter are:   Freedom of […]

Announcing the 2018 Chernos Essay Contest Winners

June 13, 2018

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 three questions dealing with a conflict of Charter rights and freedoms for a chance to win $500 […]

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