Civil Liberties Workshops

Do you belong to a seniors’ group, an ESL class, a youth group, a social action committee, or other community group? Do you know what your rights are? Are you a newcomer to Canada who has been told that if you want to complain about things in this country you should return to your country of origin? Do you think that the right to privacy is only important to people who have something to hide? Do you think that expats who are away for more than five years should lose their right to vote in Canada? Are you a permanent resident who wonders why you get to pay taxes but not to vote? If these topics or any others relating to civil liberties are interesting and important to you and to your community group, you may want to have a CCLET guest speaker or workshop facilitator join you for a day, an evening or for a series of seminars. To request a workshop or guest speaker, please submit an online request here.


Community Collaborations

CCLET has amazing community partners. We are very happy to collaborate with Arts for Children and Youth on a project for young people focused on arts for social justice and civil literacy.

We partner with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Young People’s Theatre, and Newcomer Womens’ Services where CCLET provides special programming and co-produces materials for community uses.

The Shoe Project, led by CCLA/CCLET board member Katherine Govier, is an ongoing writing workshop for women who are new to Canada. For more information or to donate to this project visit

CCLET is a partner in a study with the University of Windsor, York University, Lakehead University, the University of Cape Town in South Africa and the University of Pristina in Kosovo. The study is called the Tikkun project, from a Hebrew concept meaning “to heal the world.”

If you have an idea for a partnership project that engages civil liberties education, please contact April Julian at She would love to hear from you!


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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