Winner of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Award of Excellence 2010
Students will learn about the dangers of hatred and stereotypes, and find their voices to combat them. Choose Your Voice encourages them to be heroes by speaking out, rather than be bystanders or perpetrators.
The Choose Your Voice video series, introduced by Ben Mulroney, are powerful and moving first-hand interviews of people from different communities who have faced oppression, antisemitism and discrimination. Students learn how harmful words can be and the importance of not being a bystander. They will be empowered to stand up and speak out against bullying and hatred.
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What is Choose Your Voice?
Choose Your Voice tackles the issue of exclusion head on and encourages students to uncover some of the historical and present-day narratives of groups who have faced discrimination in Canada. Such narratives are often left out of the mainstream curriculum. Students hear first-hand accounts of intolerance in the Jewish, African-Canadian, First Nations, Chinese and Asian communities.
- Teach the 4 units together or independently, in one lesson or multi-lesson integrated unit
- Option to tie learning to specific events such as Remembrance Day, Human Rights Day, Black History Month, and Holocaust Education Week
The framework for each unit includes: Keywords, video and discussion, and activities to Connect, Explore, Evaluate, Debrief and Consolidate.
“Before we started learning about the Holocaust, I wasn’t really sure what it meant. I was in for a real shock. I find it difficult to comprehend that some people could be so cruel. The killings were so systematic. They had a plan that they thought must be followed. I learned that hatred breeds hatred, and if we don’t learn about the past, history will repeat itself. If it did, I would hope I had the courage to stand up and speak out against it.”
– Student, Nova Scotia
“Choose Your Voice enlightens, empowers and teaches the children, not only about themselves, but also of the importance of a world that is free of racism and free of judgment. It encourages them to love one another and respect other people, no matter where they are from.”
– Principal, Vancouver School Board, British Columbia
“This is such a fantastic [program]! I’m so impressed with the content and activities. Whoever designed it, really understands what teachers need in a program –it’s well balanced with multimedia, group/independent work and follow up.”
– Teacher, Upper Grand District School Board, Ontario