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Engaged Citizenship: Exploring Pathways to Leadership

by Kirsten Falzarano, Diefenbaker Canada Centre

Engaged Citizenship: Exploring Pathways to Leadership is a new, online education program developed by the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) and the Diefenbaker Canada Centre (DCC) at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in partnership with the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) and the Social Studies Educators Network of Canada (SSENC). This free resource is available in French and English and designed to provide classrooms with valuable information, engaging activities, and career resources to facilitate in-person and online learning.  

Designed as a series of interactive online modules, students will explore the structure and function of provincial and territorial governments, take an in-depth look at the historic role of lieutenant governor and territorial commissioner, and consider their own pathway to leadership as they learn about public policy development and informed, active citizenship. 

Each module includes short lessons with opportunities for independent learning and group discussion. Knowledge-testing games and quizzes help students track their learning, while optional classroom simulations and inquiry- based projects build deeper understanding through practical application.  

For access to this FREE resource, please complete the registration form on our website. You’re your registration is received, the links and password for the online modules will be sent to the email address provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Falzarano, Programs and Outreach Coordinator: k.falzarano@usask.ca

Module Descriptions 

Module One: Provincial and Territorial Government explores the history and structure of provincial and territorial governments across Canada. Short research challenges and discussion opportunities will establish a better understanding of regional variation and unique differences in legislation. Through interactive classroom simulations, students will learn how legislation is proposed, debated, and passed. They will be challenged to create their own bill based on current issues, and will attempt to pass it into law through the classroom assembly.  

Module Two: Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners showcases these unique positions through an historic overview of the roles, and their responsibilities within the legislative assembly. Following the themes of personal and professional growth, and cultural and social activism, the next generation will be inspired through the stories of leadership and personal accomplishments demonstrated by these outstanding Canadians. An historic timeline from each province and territory will also demonstrate how the position has recently evolved to become more inclusive and reflective of Canada’s diversity. A specialized project will allow students to explore the qualities of leadership and engaged citizenship and what these concepts mean in governance. 

Module Three: Public Policy in Canada takes an in-depth look at the process of policy development as it relates to regional, national, and international issues. Students will establish a better understanding of Canada’s role in the international community by comparing public policies throughout the world. Through individual public policy projects, students will research, develop, and propose policies related to real-world issues. Through classroom debate designed to simulate government policy development, students will use their knowledge and passion to develop effective strategies to solve current issues while evaluating real-world implications.  

Module Four: Civic Engagement reviews Canada’s democratic process and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to demonstrate opportunities for leadership, and the importance of becoming an active, informed participant. Through short lessons, a voting simulation and activities related to political cartoons, memes and fake news, students will establish an understanding of the electoral process while developing the skills needed to navigate the world of misinformation, partisanship and personal bias.   

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