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We celebrate Equality Day to mark the coming into force of the equality provisions in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on April 17, 1985. The Charter was signed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau on April 17, 1982. However, Section 15 was not implemented for another three years, to allow federal, provincial, and territorial governments to analyze all their laws and amend them as necessary.
On Equality Day Canadians everywhere can celebrate the inclusion of Sections 15 and 28 in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which forms part of the Canadian Constitution.
Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms states:
15.(1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.
(2) Subsection (1) does not preclude any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantage individuals or groups including those that are disadvantage because of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.
Section 28 of the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms states:
28. Notwithstanding anything in this Charter, the rights and freedoms referred to in it are guaranteed equally to male and female persons.
Women from across Canada gathered at the Women and the Constitution Conference on February 14, 1981 to lobby for the inclusion of these provisions.
Taken from: http://www.etfo.ca/AdvocacyandAction/...
- The Canadian Heritage website provides information and links regarding the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Of particular interest will be the Youth Guide to the Charter linked to this site. - http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pdp-hrp/canada/...
- The Fundamental Freedoms Project's website offers a detailed history about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom as well as teacher guides - http://www.charterofrights.ca/en/...
- The Canadian International Development Agency provides information regarding equality between women and men around the world - http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/equality
- The United Nations Populations Fund provides information regarding various population issues such as; gender equality, human rights, cultural sensitivity, and data collection resources - http://www.unfpa.org/issues/
- Access Ontario's site provides explanations of disabilities and its barriers, tips and tools relating to disability issues, as well as providing understanding of Ontario's Accessibility laws - http://accesson.ca/en/accesson
Strategies for School and the Classroom
- University of Guelph's Handbook for Tutorial Assistants identifies some of the ways inequality and discrimination can occur in the classroom and some strategies you can use to deal with such situations. It also provides tips to help foster a diverse learning environment that recognizes student needs and differences - http://www.tss.uoguelph.ca/id/ta/tahb/...
- Together we Rock is a site that offers various strategies for educators to create inclusive and accessible community schools - http://www.togetherwerock.com
- Inclusive Education Canada's site provides numerous links to strategies/resources regarding inclusive education - http://inclusiveeducation.ca/learn-about-ie
- Media Awareness Network offers a lesson plan exposing gender stereotypes for grades 8 & 9 - http://www.media-awareness.ca/...
- Springtide resources offers lessons plans for grade 1 to 8, named: Roots of Equality - http://www.springtideresources.org/resource/...
- Curriculum Services Canada offers a resources package promoting healthy equal relationships - http://www.curriculum.org
- Human Rights in Canada offers an historical perspective, as well as lesson plans regarding human rights in Canada - http://www.chrc-ccdp.ca/en/...
- Canadian Race Relations Foundation's website provides numerous articles and publications as well as up-to-date information on current issues - http://www.crr.ca/
- Equality Rights provides links to several sites such as the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA), Women's Housing Equality Network (WHEN) and the Charter Committee on Poverty Issues (CCPI) - http://www.equalityrights.org/
- The Centre for Constitutional Studies provides great background information on Equality Rights - http://www.law.ualberta.ca/centres/ccs/issues/...
- The Canadian Labour Congress's goal is to advance women's equality. This site offers many links to relevant issues and publications for women - http://www.canadianlabour.ca/human-rights-equality
- Equality Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to action for the civil, political, economic and social rights of girls and women. - http://www.equalitynow.org/english/...
- Human Rights for All’s website offers a detailed human rights resource manual for secondary schools with information about the various legislation relating to human rights as well as questions and answers and various activities - http://www.unac.org
MediaNet & Professional Library
An Equity & Diversity Calendar Resource List has been created in MediaNet. Click the link below to go to the Resource List page and then click on the Equity and Diversity Calendar heading to see the complete list. There is a PDF and an active list link for each topic.