The Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation is a recognized centre of excellence for the development and promotion of citizenship and citizenship education.
The Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation’s mandate is to educate and empower individuals to understand their rights and to be responsible, respectful, and participatory citizens committed to justice in our multicultural, pluralistic society.
- In September 2010, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC), the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Justice established a partnership to create citizenship education resources for Kindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms.
- The Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation Inc. (previously the Saskatchewan Citizenship Education Foundation, and previously a numbered company) began working with government agencies, educators, and other stakeholders to create citizenship education resources.
- In 2012, Concentus received financial support from the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan to complete the classroom resources.
- Between 2012 and 2016, classroom resources were created, field-tested, revised, and piloted in classrooms across Saskatchewan.
- In 2016, the classroom resources and pedagogy were made available to teachers at ca
- In 2017, the Canada Revenue Agency officially registered the Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation as a charitable organization.
Concentus operates at arms-length from the SHRC, and exists as a separate entity, to receive funds from external agencies. Presently, the Chief Commissioner serves as the Chair of Concentus, and the six (6) Commissioners serve as voting members. This structure is expected to change in 2017.
The goal of citizenship education is to foster:
- Engaged citizens who question, critically examine, advocate, and defend rights and responsibilities embedded in democracy at the local, regional, provincial, national, and global levels.
- Lifelong learning citizens who continuously strive to understand the dynamics of change in society, and they critically seek new information to make reasoned and unbiased decisions.
- Citizens with a strong sense of self, community, and place who value and demonstrate a positive commitment to understanding these concepts as citizens, and to the exploration of citizenship responsibilities inherent in these relationships at local, regional, national, and global levels.
The five characteristics of respectful and responsible Canadian citizens:
They understand that historical events have an impact on today’s decisions, and today’s understandings have an impact on our perception and interpretation of historical and current events.
They understand that governance and public decision-making reflect rights and responsibilities, and they promote societal well-being amidst different conceptions of the public good.
They understand that diversity is strength and it should be understood, respected, and affirmed.
They understand that Canadian citizenship is lived, relational, and experiential, and it requires an understanding of Aboriginal, treaty, and human rights.
They understand that each individual has a place in, and a responsibility to, an ethical civil society. Similarly, government has a reciprocal responsibility to each member of society.