Welcome to the Remote Rights Project web resources. The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust has been educating young people in Canada about their rights and freedoms in classrooms for more than 20 years, and we’re thrilled that with grant support from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s (CIRA) Community Initiatives Project, we are able to provide an online version of our programming for teachers and students in rural and remote locations across Canada. We are grateful for the assistance of our community partners from several provinces who helped us to focus these tools to meet their needs.

We’ve created a series of tools to help teachers and young people think critically about the rights and freedoms that are a fundamental part of our Canadian democracy. You can work your way through the tools in order (we’ve made a menu below that will help you navigate a path) or browse through the ones that look the most interesting to you.

“Your Rights 101” provides a series of introductory materials about particular rights granted by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a special test to help you learn about balancing competing rights called the Acorn Test (which is a simple version of the test Canadian courts use, called the Oakes Test), in a series of downloadable guides. These will help you when you work your way through the interactive case study about “Freedom of Expression through Clothing” which comes with an accompanying teacher’s guide that provides two more descriptive case studies and questions for critical reflection and discussion. Our Advocacy Toolkit, available online or in a downloadable and printable version, is designed to provide you with helpful information if you want stand up in your community for the rights that matter to you.


Your Rights 101


Freedom of Expression

Freedom of Religion

The Acorn Test (balancing competing rights)

How to Disagree


Case Studies

Freedom of Expression Through Clothing

Teacher’s Guide: Freedom of Expression Through Clothing

Curriculum links (stay tuned for more provinces!)


Advocacy Toolkit (Stand up for your rights!)

Download the Toolkit Booklet for Printing

Browse the Toolkit online

Contact us with questions about any of these resources



Acknowledgments and Thanks

CCLET would like to acknowledge the following individuals whose assistance was invaluable in the development of these resources:

  • Milan Parab, St. John’s, NL
  • Elizabeth Bruce, St. John’s, NL
  • Rex Knapaysweet, Timmins, ON
  • Kathleen Koostachin, Fort Severn, ON
  • Chief of Fort Severn First Nation
  • James Fuller, Caroline, AB
  • Seanah Roper, Fort Nelson, BC
  • Diana Samchuck, Superintendent, SD 381 Fort Nelson, BC
  • Thomas Rohner, independent investigative journalist
  • Deputy Grand Chief Jason Smallboy, Nishnawbe Aski Nation
  • Melissa Lavoie, Mushkegowuk Council, Timmins, Ontario

This project was supported with a grant from CIRA’s Community Investment Program. 


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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