Canadian Human Rights Toolkit

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The Canadian Teachers’ Federation and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights have worked in partnership to bring together a rich digital selection of human rights education resources for Kindergarten to Grade 12 in English and French. The resources in this toolkit were carefully reviewed by teachers and will link you to a variety of literature, media and lesson plans that can be used in the classroom. If you know a great resource on human rights education that we may have missed and that should be included in this toolkit, we encourage you to Add a Resource. Added resources will be marked as un-reviewed until reviewed on an annual basis.










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  • First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada: School Resources

    Organization:
    First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada
    Website:
    https://fncaringsociety.com/i-am-witness-school-resources

    The website for the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada provides school resources for educators. The topics of reconciliation, social justice, First Nations rights, and First Nations issues are included in the materials. The resources and lesson plans are available for download as PDF files.

  • The Stephen Lewis Foundation

    Organization:
    The Stephen Lewis Foundation
    Website:
    http://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org

    The Stephen Lewis Foundation’s website includes a variety of materials for educators who are teaching about HIV and AIDS in Africa. Several of the resources are available for download as PDF files. The materials include fact sheets, articles, videos, posters, readings, suggested books, and websites. There are also curriculums available for download that are related to social justice and HIV/AIDS awareness.

  • The Azrieli Foundation

    Organization:
    The Azrieli Foundation
    Website:
    http://www.azrielifoundation.org

    The Azrieli Foundation is a charitable organization that supports Holocaust education amongst many other philanthropic endeavors. The website provides educators and students with resources under the “Memoirs” tab. The Holocuast Survivor Memoirs Program uses the stories of survivors to teach about the Holocaust. Background information, lesson plans, books, DVDs, study guides, and discussion questions are available to educators.

  • Council of Europe: Online Resources

    Organization:
    The Council of Europe
    Website:
    https://edoc.coe.int/en/

    The Council of Europe’s website includes a link to online resources that are available for download as PDF files. The topics of the resources include: the European Convention on Human Rights, fundamental freedoms, violence against women, children’s rights, human trafficking, refugees, and racism. There are also publications available for download under the tabs of “Resources for Young People” and “Resources for Teachers”. Many of the resources are available in many languages other than English.

  • John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights

    The website for the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights provides educators with information and resources related to human rights education. Information is provided about the Centre’s workshops, conferences, and public forums. The website also provides videos, lesson plans, and discussion guides related to the topics of disability rights, environmental rights, gender rights, peacebuilding, citizenship, and Indigenous rights. There are resources specific to understanding human rights. Several of the Centre’s publications are available for download.

  • CBC Digital Archives: For Teachers

    Organization:
    CBC
    Website:
    http://www.cbc.ca/archives/teachers/

    This website provides a database of lessons plans designed by teachers and intended for use with grade 6 to grade 12 students. The lesson plans incorporate media from the CBC’s digital archives.

  • Amnesty International

    Organization:
    Amnesty International
    Website:
    https://www.amnesty.org/en/what-we-do/

    Amnesty International’s website provides a list of topics related to human rights. Background information, related research, news articles, videos, photographs, and information about ongoing campaigns are provided for each topic. These topics include: armed conflict, arms control, detention, disappearance, discrimination, freedom of expression, Indigenous peoples, international justice, living in dignity, sexual and reproductive rights, torture, and the United Nations. Each issue is broken down into an overview, statistics, analysis of the problem, Amnesty’s expectations for change, legal analysis of the issue, and a glossary.

  • Human Rights 101

    Organization:
    Human Rights Watch
    Website:
    https://www.hrw.org/human-rights-101

    The Human Rights Watch website has a link, Human Rights 101, that provides several short videos that explain the basics of human rights. The videos discuss the differences between human rights and civil rights, international law in relation to human rights, human rights and poverty, recognizing human rights violations, upholding human rights, the influence of Western cultural values, human rights during wartime, and protecting rights.

  • Human Rights Watch

    Organization:
    Human Rights Watch
    Website:
    https://www.hrw.org/topics

    On the Human Rights Watch website, the “Topics” link provides readings, videos, photos, news articles, and other resources on a variety of global topics. These topics include: the UN’s Human Rights Council, arms, children’s rights, child labor, child soldiers, rights for persons with disabilities, education, conflict, refugees and migrants, juvenile justice, free speech, exploitation, forced labor, trafficking, health care access, peace and justice, LGBT rights, asylum seekers, torture, family and legal status, and internally displaced people.

  • Teaching UNICEF

    Organization:
    UNICEF
    Website:
    https://www.teachunicef.org/topics

    The Teaching UNICEF website provides a variety of teaching materials related to global education topics that include: armed conflict, child labor, child rights (CRC), child trafficking, children with disabilities, education, emergencies, gender equality, global citizenship, health, HIV/AIDS, sustainable development goals, peace education, poverty, UNICEF, water and environment, and nutrition. Units, lesson plans, and activities are searchable by grade level and topic. There are also online classroom resources such as articles, videos, and audio. Lesson plans are available for download as PDF files.

  • Holocaust Museum Houston

    Organization:
    Holocaust Museum Houston
    Website:
    https://www.hmh.org/ed_lesson_plan.shtml

    The Holocaust Museum Houston’s website provides educators with online resources to support the teaching of the Holocaust. The website provides a rationale for teaching the Holocaust, genocide resources, Holocaust resources, teaching guidelines, and lesson plans. There is also information about professional development that is offered through the museum.

  • Teaching Tolerance

    Organization:
    Southern Poverty Law Center
    Website:
    http://www.tolerance.org/exchange/tolerance-and-genocide

    Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center that focuses on diversity, equity, and justice. The website provides instructional materials, classroom resources, webinars, film kits, articles, and educational frameworks. There is a searchable database that includes lesson plans and activities for use with students in kindergarten to grade 12. The topics include: ability, gender expression, immigration, race and ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender equity, rights, and genocide. Each lesson plan or activity indicates the grade level and subject area.

  • Facing History, Facing Ourselves

    Organization:
    Facing History, Facing Ourselves
    Website:
    https://www.facinghistory.org

    Facing History, Facing Ourselves is a nonprofit international educational and professional development organization that focuses on examining racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism through the study of the Holocaust and other examples of genocides. The website provides educators with classroom materials to support the teaching of: anti-Semitism & religious intolerance, bullying & ostracism, democracy & civic engagement, genocide & mass violence, global immigration, Holocaust, justice & human rights, and race in U.S. history. The database of resources is searchable by keyword and filters (topic, subject, and resource type). Information on events and training is also provided.

  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Organization:
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Website:
    https://www.ushmm.org/educators/teaching-about-the-holocaust/teaching-about-genocide

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website provides teachers with numerous resources and information about teaching the Holocaust. The website provides rationale and guidelines for teaching about genocide and the Holocaust, as well as historical information. Lesson plans, activities, teacher guides, survivor stories, and online resources are also provided. Antisemitism and genocide prevention are included in the content of the resources. The website provides a link for online workshops for educators.

  • PBS Learning Media: Genocide

    The PBS Learning Media website has a searchable library of resources and includes 106 resources related to the study of genocide. The resources include: audio, video, images, documents, interactive resources, webpages, collections, lessons, and lesson plans. The search results can be filtered by grade, subject, resource type, language, and accessibility features. Some resources are available for download as PDF files.

  • Armenian Genocide Resource Library for Teachers

    Organization:
    The Genocide Education Project
    Website:
    http://www.teachgenocide.org

    The Armenian Genocide Resource Library for Teachers is a website created by The Genocide Education Project. The library contains many types of resources: teaching guides, lesson plans, videos, documents & maps, educational posters, resource kits, books, U.S. news accounts, history of genocides, survivor accounts, and websites. The website is designed specifically for educators teaching about the Armenian Genocide. Some resources are available for download as PDF files.

  • Rwanda Commemoration Project: Genocide In Our Time

    Organization:
    Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Washington College of Law
    Website:
    https://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/center/rwanda/resources.cfm

    The Rwanda Commemoration Project is a website created by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Washington College of Law. The website provides a list of books, films, poems, and organizations related to genocide. Hyperlinks are provided for resources that are accessible online.

  • The Genocide Teaching Project

    Organization:
    Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Washington College of Law
    Website:
    http://onemillionbones.squarespace.com/genocide-resources/

    The Genocide Teaching Project is a website created by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Washington College of Law. Resources are provided for educators teaching about genocide in relation to the law. The resources are designed for use with high school students. The lesson plans focus on the Rwandan Genocide and the crisis in Sudan and Darfur. Lesson plans and materials are available for download as PDF files.

  • One Million Bones: Online Teaching Resources

    Organization:
    One Million Bones
    Website:
    http://onemillionbones.squarespace.com/genocide-resources/

    One Million Bones is an organization that raises awareness of genocide and mass atrocities through large-scale social arts practice, education, hands-on art making, and public installations. This website provides a list of online resources related to the teaching of genocide. A brief summary is provided for each resource. The list includes websites, films, lesson plans, and videos.

  • Peace Education from the Grassroots/ Ian M. Harris (Ed.)

    Organization:
    Information Age Publishing Inc.

    Peace Education from the Grassroots (2013), edited by Ian M. Harris, is a collection of essays that share the stories of concerned citizens who use education as a tool to combat violence. The stories discuss peace education initiatives from thirteen different nations (Belgium, Canada, El Salvador, Germany, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Uganda, and the United States) and the activists who originated them at a grassroots level. Included in the essays are references to a variety of schools, peace movement organizations, community-based organizations, and international nongovernmental organizations engaged in peace education.

    Author: Harris, Ian M. (Ed.)
    ISBN: 978-1623963494

  • Teaching Rebellion: Stories from the Grassroots Mobilization in Oaxaca/ Diana Denham (Ed.) & the C.A.S.A. Collective

    Organization:
    PM Press

    Teaching Rebellion: Stories from the Grassroots Mobilization in Oaxaca/ Diana Denham (Ed.) & the C.A.S.A. Collective
    In 2006, a social movement was building momentum in Oaxaca, Mexico. What began as a teachers’ strike quickly evolved into numerous displays of social justice, protest, and activism that garnered national and international attention. Teaching Rebellion: Stories from the Grassroots Mobilization in Oaxaca (2008), includes testimonies from people who participated in what has come to be known as the “Popular Assembly of the People’s of Oaxaca”. The stories tell of the struggle against abuse from the state government and the resulting participatory democracy.

    Author: Denham, Diana (Ed.) & the C.A.S.A. Collective
    ISBN: 978-1604860320

  • Teaching About Genocide: Issues, Approaches, and Resources/ Samuel Totten (Ed.)

    Organization:
    Information Age Publishing Inc.

    Teaching About Genocide: Issues, Approaches, and Resources (2007) is a book edited and written by Samuel Totten and other contributors. This book is designed for educators teaching about genocide in relation to human rights, social responsibility, and global citizenship. Totten provides a discussion of the rationale for teaching about genocide, a history of genocide, and ten case studies of genocide from the twentieth century (e.g. Rwandan Genocide, the Holocaust, Armenian Genocide, Holodomor). There is also a discussion of ideas for the intervention and prevention of genocide. Teaching About Genocide: Issues, Approaches, and Resources (2007) includes a chapter about instructional strategies and learning activities.

    Author: Totten, Samuel (Ed.)
    ISBN: 978-1593110741

  • Teachers and Human Rights Education/ Audrey Osler and Hugh Starkey

    Organization:
    Trentham Books

    Teachers and Human Rights Education (2010), by Audrey Osler and Hugh Starkey, is a book written for educators and explores the importance of human rights in relation to the daily work of teachers. This book is divided into three parts: Human rights: an agenda for action, Politics, cultures and inequalities, and Human rights and democracy in schools. Teachers and Human Rights Education (2010) utilizes global exemplars to demonstrate how schools may inspire and mobilize students to engage in social justice and peace building within a local and global context. Osler and Starkey incorporate references to numerous United Nations instruments and treaties (i.e. Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN Human Rights Declaration).

    Author: Osler, Audrey and Starkey, Hugh
    ISBN: 978-1858563848

  • Education, Equality and Human Rights: Issues of gender, ‘race’, sexuality, disability and social class (3rd ed.)/ Mike Cole (Ed.)

    Organization:
    Routledge

    Education, Equality and Human Rights: Issues of gender, ‘race’, sexuality, disability and social class (2011) is a book of essays, edited by Mike Cole, written for people working in the field of education. The five equality issues of gender, ‘race’, sexual orientation, disability, and social class are examined independently and in relation to education. The essays speak to key issues such as: human rights and equality, racism, sexuality and identity, sexuality and homophobia in schools, struggle for disability equality, and inclusive education.

    Author: Cole, Mike (Ed.)
    ISBN: 978-0415584166

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