Our Canadian citizenship is part of us, whether we are in or out of school, with our friends and family, or with people that we are meeting for the first time. It is a responsibility of our citizenship to know and protect our rights, to know and protect the rights of others, and to demonstrate respect to all people.
The “Big” Ideas
Citizenship requires us to think critically about our community, our country and our world. Citizenship education in the classroom asks us to look at several “big” ideas that apply to each of these areas of life.
|Historical events have an impact on today’s decisions, and today’s decisions impact our understanding and perception of historical events.||Enlightened|
|Governance and public decision-making reflect rights and promote societal order though they are fluid and can change over time.||Empowered|
|Diversity is strength and should be understood, respected and affirmed.||Empathetic|
|Everyone has a place in, and a responsibility to contribute to, an ethical civil society; government has a reciprocal responsibility to members of society.||Ethical|
|Citizenship is lived, relational and experiential and, in Canada, it requires understanding of the Treaty relationship.||Engaged|