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 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 […]

Apply to be a Peer Privacy Protector!

April 11, 2016

CCLA and CCLET are seeking creative and dynamic high school students who have an interest in learning more about technology and its implications on their privacy rights, and are willing to serve as privacy ambassadors in their schools and communities.  In addition to enhancing their knowledge and gaining valuable experience for their resumes, student participants […]

CCLET’s High School Lesson Plans

May 17, 2015

Below you will find lesson plans that can help encourage the development of democratic habits and prepare the next generation of Canadians for civic engagement. 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 […]

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