Included is an extensive PowerPoint on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, along with activities/discussion that encourage students to critically think.
* Bringing the concept of guaranteed rights and freedoms to a level that all students can understand - Class discussion about having a pizza party where only some students are allowed to vote for what pizzas are ordered (e.g. only girls, or only students with brown eyes). If the teacher decides to discriminate like this, what can stop him/her?
* Overview of all individual rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Charter
* How the charter regulates government behaviour
* Pre-charter human rights violations (e.g. residential schools, women being denied the right to vote, and internment camps).
* A modern day example of a potential charter violation
* What Canadians can do when they believe their Charter rights or freedoms have been violated.
* The concept of the charter being entrenched/enshrined into the constitution. Graphically demonstrates how difficult it is for governments to change/get rid of the Charter.
* Circumstances where the government is allowed to restrict rights and freedoms in order to maintain Canada as a free and democratic society (e.g. schools and prisons)
* A quick primer on the notwithstanding clause, with Quebec sign law example.
* A fun activity where students explore their right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure (activity cards included).
* Also included in this package are some activity cards. These cards go with the final activity explained on the final slides of the PowerPoint. Students are given a list of locations, and it is their job to arrange the cards in order of where they have the greatest expectation of privacy to where they have the lowest expectation of privacy. Students are encouraged to critically think about their choices (e.g. "What does the word 'unreasonable' mean in 'everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure'?")
The PowerPoint and activity are great accompaniments to the Alberta textbook, "Issues for Canadians", but they work great in any Canadian classroom! (from British Columbia to Ontario to Nova Scotia to Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon!)