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An Invitation…

Citizenship opportunities and challenges surround us. You cannot watch a newscast, read a newspaper, or check your Twitter feed without being reminded of this fact. Facing these situations requires responsible and informed attention, consideration, and action if the rights of individual citizens are to be sustained.

The Concentus Citizenship Education Resources invite citizens to think about the fundamental nature of citizenship. What do you believe are your personal citizenship responsibilities? What new citizenship understandings are you facing? What skills do you think are important for citizens to have? Read more

Judge Arnot with SPSD Treaty Catalyst Teachers

Judge Arnot Meets With SPSD Treaty Catalyst Teachers

Judge Arnot, Chief Commission of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission connected with Saskatoon Public School Division Treaty Catalyst Teachers, Thursday, June 1 as they learned more about reconciliation and shared their calls to action.

Judge Arnot reinforced with teachers the importance of teaching students the history of Canada from a culturally balanced perspective that is inclusive and reflective of Saskatchewan classrooms today. He shared with teachers the Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation resources and highlighted how these resources can support them in reinforcing the concepts of citizenship rights and respect. He reminded teachers that all Canadians have a responsibility to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and that these citizenship resources, developed by teachers for teachers, are available to assist them in helping students Kindergarten to grade 12 to understand the legacy of residential schools. The Concentus Citizenship resources are explicitly connected to Treaty Education outcomes and support their work in the school division.

Working together we can create a culture of respect for all students, without exception. More information on these resources is available at the Concentus website, www.concentus.ca.

Recognizing Citizenship Education Teacher Leaders

On March 21, and as part of the Twenty-First National Congress on Rural Education in Canada, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission recognized eight of the teachers who made significant contributions to the citizenship education materials. Read more

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Refugees, Citizenship and Human Rights

Over the coming months, thousands of Syrian refugees will come to Canada in search of freedom. That freedom, as the United Nations theme for Human Rights Day 2015 observes, is the freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

Like all other refugees, they will adapt to a new climate, new communities, and a new culture. Like the refugees that have come before them, they will become part of a multicultural Canada. Read more

Nate Leipciger at St. Mary High School Prince Albert

High School Students Challenged to Make the World A Better Place

Nate Leipciger understands the power of hope.

During the Second World War, Mr. Leipciger’s family was imprisoned at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. At that time, and as a boy entering his teen years, holding on to the belief that he would be reunited with his family motivated him to stay alive.  While both he and his father survived, his mother and sister were murdered by the Nazi regime. Read more

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SHRC Chief Commissioner Updates LEADS on Citizenship Education Project

On Friday, October 16, the Chief Commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, David Arnot, gave a presentation to the League of Educational Administrators, Directors, and Superintendents of Saskatchewan (LEADS) at their annual fall meeting. At that event, Arnot informed the attendees that, Read more