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1 What makes a good Citizen? Circle the response you agree with 1. A good citizen knows about Canadian history, geography, and government. 2. A good citizen celebrates Canada Day, displays the flag, or sings the anthem. 3. A good citizen votes in elections and follows the law. 4. A good citizen volunteers or gives to charity. 5. A good citizen is bilingual, speaking both English and French. 6. A good citizen protects the environment. 7. A good citizen is tolerant and respectful of those who are different. 8. A good citizen works and has a job. 9. A good citizen learns about different cultures. 10. A good citizen stays informed on issues and participates in the community. 1

2 Questions 1. How would you describe the ideal Canadian Citizen? 2. Do you think most Canadians are good Citizens? Why or why not? 3. Would you say you are a good Canadian Citizen? Why or why not? 4. How can we teach Canadians how to be good Citizens? 2

3 Charter of Rights and Freedoms The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a Canadian document made to protect the rights and freedoms of Canadians. Read the following descriptions and answer the following questions for each section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Source: Canada in the Contemporary World pg Guarantee of Rights and Freedoms - You have the right to live as a free citizen in a democratic nation, with certain limits set by government laws. Should rights be suspended during riots or other violent periods? 2. Fundamental Freedoms You have the freedom to worship as you like, believe what you want, express your opinions openly without fear, associate with whomever you choose, and gather together peacefully. Should certain religious groups be exempt from Canadian laws that contradict their religious practice? 1

4 3. Democratic Rights You have the right to vote in elections, run as a candidate in elections, elect a new government at least once every five years (except in times of national emergency such as war). Should prisoners be allowed to vote? 4. Mobility Rights You have the right to enter, remain in, or leave Canada and live and work wherever you wish in Canada. Should Canadians be restricted from leaving the country if they have a criminal record? 5. Legal Rights You have the right to life, liberty, and security of person, have a fair trial if you are accused of a crime, and have the right to humane treatment. Should the legal system be sped up to better serve justice and protect rights? 2

5 6. Equality Rights You have the right to live and work, being protected by law regardless of your race, religion, national or ethnic origin, colour, sex, age, and mental or physical ability, and to be treated as equal before and under the law. Should certain groups receive different treatment in order to create equality? 7. Official Languages of Canada You have the right to communicate with, and receive available services from any federal government office in either French or English and use either French or English in any federal court. Should languages other than French and English be viewed as additional official languages if significant numbers of citizens speak these languages? 8. Minority Language Educational Rights You have the right to have your children educated in either French or English where sufficient numbers of students exist. Should other languages qualify for the same treatment? 3

6 Canadian Identity What is Canadian Identity? There are many stereotypes associated with being Canadian such as we live in igloos, play hockey and drink Tim Hortons. There are many different symbols that represent Canada such as the maple leaf and the beaver. Draw a picture of what you think Canadian Identity is in the space below. 1

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