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Students and teachers from Riverview Collegiate Institute, Central Collegiate, and Empire School in Moose Jaw, prepared a catchy video promoting the benefits of citizenship and the value of citizenship education. Recorded in and around the three schools, and with the support of Safeway and the Moose Jaw City Police, this video is a great example of participatory and engaged citizenship.

The Last Line

“The Last Line” is a made for television documentary about the increasing diversity in Saskatoon.  With a focus on the newcomer community, and in particular on the newcomer children integrating into the school system, the documentary looks at some of the challenges and opportunities that are, in many ways, common to many communities in Saskatchewan. As well, the video explores the larger global context of immigration and the need to promote inclusion.

This video was produced by Red Mango Productions, and supported by CTV Saskatchewan and Think Good. Do Good.

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What are gender stereotypes? Where do they come from? Are they necessary?

These are just some of the questions, designed to accompany the Breaking Barriers series of documentaries, that challenge the thoughts and feelings of students (ages 11 and up) about gender stereotypes. Prepared by Sherry Van Hesteren, these resources are suited for students in Grades 6-12.

 

Download: Breaking Gender Barriers Teacher Resources

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“Name-calling and bullying are at epidemic proportions among youth across the country, and are often the root causes of violence in schools. Let’s Get Real gives young people the chance to tell their stories in their own words–and the results are heartbreaking, shocking, inspiring and poignant.” Prepared by Sherry Van Hesteren, these resources are suited for students in Grades 6-8.

 

Download: Let’s Get Real Teacher Resources

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How do we shape narratives about our nation?  What do we include?  Omit?  Why?

Does it matter if they stories we tell about ourselves and others are true?

What is the meaning and purpose of treaties?

These are a few of the question that can be used with The Pass System (2015), a documentary directed by Alex Williams.  Prepared by Sherry Van Hesteren, these resources are suited for students in Grades 6-12.

 

Download: The Pass System (2015) Teacher Resources

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The hope and promise of democracy is based on the health and stability of democratic society but threats to that health and stability also exist. There is widespread agreement that education plays a significant role in mitigating those threats to democracy. And there is general consensus that expectations for citizen engagement are much broader than the minimal engagement required for voting and obeying the law.

 

The Three R’s of Citizenship

The hope and promise of democracy is based on the health and stability of democratic society.  To sustain democracy, every citizen should know the new three R’s:

  • Rights,
  • Responsibilities, and
  • Respect.

The citizenship education classroom resources provide opportunities for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to learn about the new three R’s.

 

Participatory Democracy

Providing opportunities for people to develop the knowledge, dispositions and skills to be their best possible selves in relation to the needs of society has an immense impact on the future of family, community, country and the world.  It is a weighty responsibility shared by students, parents and caregivers, educators and communities; it requires intentional teaching, modelling and practice for people to acquire the knowledge, dispositions and skills necessary to have an impact on the function of an entire society.

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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.

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What does it feel like to be “an insider”?  An “outsider”?

What can a person do to make friends in a new situation?

These are just some of the questions that can be used with Creative Friendships dramatic shorts. Prepared by Sherry Van Hesteren, these resources are suited for children in Grades 1-4. The Pass System is available from the Stewart Resources Centre.

 

Download: Creative Friendships Teacher Support Materials

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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