The Big Ideas Correlation With Essential Citizenship Competencies

This table shows how the five big ideas tie into the Essential Citizenship Competencies.

ECC ConnectionPrimary K – gr. 2Elementary Gr. 3 – 5Middle Years Gr. 6 – 9High School 10, 20, 30
Enlightened
Historical events have an impact on today’s decisions and today’s understandings impact our perception and interpretation of historical and current events.
• Actions, behaviours, and relationships are learned and affected by the past.

• Events and ideas from the past influence the present and can influence and serve as models of how to live as a contributing citizen.

• A person’s worldview frames their understanding of the world.

• Decision-making is a complex process with far-reaching impacts and is influenced by history.

• History and current events are understood through diverse historical perspectives.• Injustices of today have roots in the past.

• Citizens show flexibility of mind.

Empowered
Governance and public decision-making reflect rights and responsibilities, and promote societal well-being amidst different conceptions of the public good.
• People develop rules so that we can live together peacefully.

• Rules have differing levels of impact so people who make rules need to consider the individual good and common good.

• Citizens value the need of the collective common good and consider how their actions impact the collective well-being.

• Governments and the people who elect them are responsible to one another.

• Democracy requires discussion and consideration of alternate points of view in order to find a balance between individual perspectives.

• Citizens value the needs of the collective common good and consider how their actions impact the collective well-being.

• Canadian citizens work to achieve a balance between rights and responsibilities through learning and action.
Empathetic
Diversity is a strength and should be understood, respected and affirmed.
• Diversity can have a variety of impacts and can impact points of view.

• Individuals have the power to affect others and make a difference.

• Empathy and respect for diversity in cultural and social groups help strengthen one’s community and requires appreciation of different perspectives.

• Individuals have the power to affect others and make a difference.

• Canadian multi-cultural policies challenge citizenship tenets and require consideration of multiple perspectives.• Canadian society is challenged to manage the co-existence of diverse worldviews.
Ethical
Canadian citizenship is lived, relational and experiential and requires understanding of Aboriginal, treaty and human rights.
• Canada has a long relationship with First Nations Peoples through treaty relationships.

• Decisions have far-reaching
effects so it is important to think about the choices we make.

• Canada has a long relationship with First Nations Peoples through treaty relationships.

• Societies create rules, written and unwritten, to promote order that lead to inclusion or exclusion and are enforced by social behaviours and expectations.

• Canada’s history includes First Nations, Métis, and Inuit governance and perspectives and each have contributed to Canadian identity.

• Decision-making is a complex process with far-reaching impacts.

• For each individual, becoming aware of racism and other social oppression in Canadian society is an evolutionary process and a precursor to change.
Engaged
Each individual has a place in, and a responsibility to contribute to, an ethical civil society; likewise, government has a reciprocal responsibility to each member of society.
• Active participation leads to belonging and symbols can support belonging;

• People are connected to each other and to their environment and have a responsibility to take care of the world.

• Belonging requires participation and is a fundamental right of all citizens.

• Active citizens become engaged in discussions, negotiations, debates and consider action regarding Canadian issues.

• Engaged citizens strive to be knowledgeable, uphold their rights, and act on their responsibilities. • Canadian society has inequities and elimination of these is beneficial for all Canadians.

• As citizens of local, national, and global communities, Canadians are conscious, self-reflective, and critical of their own beliefs and actions and seek to make positive change.