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Essential Citizenship Competencies

This document provides an overview of this Saskatchewan designed approach to citizenship education in kindergarten to grade 12; it describes the alignment between the teacher resources and Saskatchewan curricula.

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30-Level Resources

The 30-Level (Grade 12) is focused on addressing and resolving issues. Students examine Canadian history to understand the influences on our contemporary rights, responsibilities, and views of citizenship. Students examine issues facing Canadians and the global community regarding citizenship, specifically the foundational beliefs of Canadians. Students also consider the role of cooperation in a competitive society. Throughout all these inquiries, students are asked to consider multiple perspectives especially those of Indigenous populations.

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20-Level (Grade 11) students recognize the role that ideology plays in our perspectives and the application of Human Rights. Students extend their investigations to consider historically how worldview has impacted and continues to impact perspectives of citizenship and the balance between meeting the needs of citizens and promoting the nation’s best interests. Through the investigation of worldview and the impact of worldview on an individuals’ and society’s beliefs, students specifically consider the influence of imperialism and colonialism on populations especially Indigenous peoples.

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10-Level (Grade 10) students recognize the role that ideology plays in the political, social, and economic decision-making process and in the social organizations around which society structures itself. They investigate various worldviews and the impact of worldview on an individuals’ and society’s’ beliefs. Students extend their investigations to consider historically how worldview has impacted and continues to impact the organization and actions of society. By investigating the concepts of privilege and marginalization and the reasons why they still exist, students consider the impact these concepts have had on history and society.

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Grade 9 students research and study what constitutes a society. This year of study has students looking to the past to determine the impact of history on present day societal structuring. Students explore the historical societies of Macedonia, Rome, England, Spain, France, and Mongolia.
Through the study of earlier societies, students analyze the impacts of empire building, territorial expansion and colonialism on various indigenous populations. In their research, students compare the factors that shape worldviews including time, place, culture, language, religion, gender identity, socio-economic situations and education, and how these factors are expressed in daily life.

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Grade 8 students explore the concept of democracy as demonstrated in Canada. Throughout the study of democracy, students reflect on alternative decision making processes such as consensus and majority rule. Students trace the evolution of legislation from an idea to implementation. They learn how the democratic process is strengthened by citizen participation.

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Grade 7 students are beginning to investigate and understand the various types of power and governance within their own country at the local, regional, provincial, national and global levels. As the understanding of the levels of power that govern Canada develop, students compare and contrast those structures and processes with countries operating within Pacific Rim and circumpolar regions that do not operate as democracies. This area of citizenship focuses on the student using critical thinking skills to better understand the relationship between geography, resources, culture and historical events.

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Grade 6 students begin to investigate and understand the meaning of and relationship between authority and power, influence and force. They examine this concept from a personal perspective and then extend their understanding to Canada and countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Students examine the characteristics and traits of leadership beginning with the individual and then extend their understandings to the organizational structure of organizations nationally and internationally.

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Students will extend their exploration of rules and societal order to the workings of the various governing systems in Canada including First Nations and Métis governance and those patterned on the Westminster parliamentary systems. Students will extend their understanding of the impact of the differing levels of government and develop a greater understanding of the nature of the treaty relationships between the First Nations and Canada’s federal government. Finally, students will examine the role of diversity and multiculturalism in the development of the Canadian persona/identity.

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Big Ideas Correlation With Essential Citizenship Competencies

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.