Canada: A Legal Story to Tell and Debate
Start date: 1 January, 2017
End date: 31 December, 2017
This project aims at increasing understanding of Canadian values and legal history and the contribution made to Canada by French-speaking minority communities.
This project has two components:
- Provincial debating competition for Grade 10-12 students and/or postsecondary students from Alberta on topics related to the theme “Strong Proud Free”, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The competition will take place in September/October 2017 and activities will be program and resource development, event coordination and promotion, volunteer and participant recruitment, partnership creation, etc.;
- Development of educational resources (teacher & student handbook, PPT, map) on the milestones in Canadian Language Rights history, including the Canadian Constitution. Activities will include: research and conception of tools, translation FR-EN, graphic design and printing, organization of launchings, promotion and distribution of tools and website conception to increase accessibility and use across Canada.
Our community partners will be schools boards (Francophone/French immersion), Campus Saint-Jean (UofA), CPF, FJA, etc. Youth will have opportunities to learn their rights and responsibilities, build connections, network, express opinions and share stories and experience. It will also support Alberta schools by ensuring they have Alberta-based tools and resources needed to teach Canadian history and values.
Nature of the Project Reach
The educational component is designed for students and teachers from the 39 Francophone schools and 130 school authorities offering French immersion programs in Alberta as well as for the general public since the main resources (educational guide and historic map) will be available in French and English.
However, deliverables from this component will be available to all Canadians as we will develop a website. The mock trial component will be organized for Grade 10-12 students attending Francophone schools, French Immersion schools/programs and/or post-secondary students (colleges and universities) in Alberta. The public will be able to attend the debates.
To promote better understanding of the Canadian values and history and the “fait français” by organizing a provincial debating competition for Francophones and Francophiles youth living Alberta and by developing educational resources on language rights and legal events that shaped and continue to shape our country.
Expertise, comité d'organisation, comité de développement des ressources, la promotion et la distribution des ressources, des bourses ou des prix pour le sommet des débats, prêt de locaux et / ou de l'équipement, l'hébergement et le transport de youthe, bénévolat (jury, animateurs ...), financière ou soutien en nature