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NOTCOT.ORG Quebec Museums Historical Thinking | The Historical Thinking Project Digital Archives - lesson-plan - What Is Canada's Constitution? Subjects: History, Social Studies, Political Science Purpose: To explore the history and importance of Canada’s Constitution and the Charter of Rights, to gather information from an online resource Summary: In this introductory activity, students explore the history and relevance of Canada’s 1982 Constitution and Charter of Rights. Before Exploring Brainstorm with students what they know about Canada's Constitution and Charter of Rights. Outline the Opportunity Direct students to the topic Charting the Future: Canada's New Constitution on the CBC Digital Archives website. Write the following statement on the board: The patriation of the Constitution with the Charter of Rights in 1982 marked a decisive turning point in Canadians' national identity and their pursuit of equality. Revisit and Reflect Ask: How have the patriation of the Constitution and the enactment of the Charter of Rights affected your lives? Extension

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Ontario Museums British Columbia Museums Association - Teaching for Understanding British Columbia’s Heritage Daily life in a Nuu-chah-nulth house, as drawn by John Webber. You have just opened an educational resource of lesson plans that have British Columbia's history as their content and critical thinking as their methodology. This resource is the product of workshops conducted by the "TFU" (Teaching for Understanding) British Columbia Network, which resulted in lesson plans developed by groups of teachers and curators. Curators provided primary source material and historical content and teachers provided the appropriate educational framework and lesson focus. We hope these lesson plans provide you with useful content and exciting ideas to take to your students.

Digital Archives - Charting the Future: Canada's New Constitution - The Constitution and Charter re-evaluated It was a hard-fought coming of age for Canada. From the 1960s through the early 1980s, Canadian politicians argued fiercely at the constitutional bargaining table over the balance of provincial and federal power. In the end, Canada gained a Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a homemade Constitution. But it would not be without its costs as the question of Quebec's status in Canada loomed larger than ever. Twenty years after the birth of the Constitution Act in 1982, Canadians are re-evaluating its worth and power. • From 1982 to 2002, the Supreme Court struck down more than 70 laws thanks to the Charter.Some of the landmark cases include:• Morgentaler, Jan. 28, 1988; Canada's abortion law was deemed unconstitutional on the basis that it violated a woman's right to "life, liberty and security of person." • Vriend, April 2, 1998; a unanimous ruling that Alberta failed to "extend protection to homosexuals" in its Human Rights Act. • "It has transformed the psyche of Canadians.

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