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The activities in the Choose Your Voice program provide an
opportunity for students to construct a more stereotype-free
and bias-free understanding of people’s similarities and
differences. Students will learn more about the choices
they make and the voices they choose.


Highlights of Choose Your Voice

Choose Your Voice offers four action-packed units that explore prejudice, stereotypes, and historical oppression. Students will learn from a variety of media, lessons, activities and discussions, with opportunities to brainstorm, share and compare, participate in class discussions and create graphic organizers. In original five-minute documentary videos, narratives of historical events are described first-hand by survivors.

Written by teachers for teachers, the lessons that follow are easy to use, thought-provoking and powerful. Minority groups such as Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, and First Nations are represented in the resource to offer students a wide range of perspectives and well-rounded education on the topics presented.


Curriculum Connections

Choose Your Voice supports learning outcomes for grades 6, 7 and 8. View curriculum connections for each Canadian province and territory.

For higher grades, visit the Voices Into Action site.

All resources are provided free of charge, and include:

  • Award-winning videos with compelling messages about the dangers of racism
  • Lesson plans with multiple activities
  • Fact sheets, featuring incidents involving a range of communities, support the goals of the lessons

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UNIT 1

Teaches students the concept of stereotyping, helping them to understand how powerful and hurtful stereotyping is to everyone.

Materials include:

  • Video 1
  • Lesson Plan
  • Video Discussion Guide
  • Choose Your Voice Student Pledge Certificate
  • Rubric

UNIT 2

Highlights episodes in Canada’s past that involved racism and antisemitism. Students learn that hateful acts involve victims, bystanders, and perpetrators.

Materials include:

  • Video 2
  • Lesson Plan
  • Video Discussion Guide
  • Choose Your Voice Student Pledge Certificate
  • Student Worksheet: Did You Ever …?
  • Graphic Organizer
  • Rubric

Fact sheets:

  • Auschwitz Extermination Camp, 1941-1945
  • The Roots of Slavery in Canada, 1629-1834
  • 1907 Vancouver Anti-Asian Riot
  • Residential Schools, 1874-1995
  • Komagata Maru Incident, 1914
    and more

UNIT 3

Builds students’ awareness of recent racist and homophobic incidents and helps them to understand the components of a hate crime.

Materials include:

  • Video 3
  • Lesson Plan
  • Video Discussion Guide
  • Choose Your Voice Student Pledge Certificate
  • Lyrics to One Tin Soldier
  • Rubric

Fact sheets:

  • Thunder Bay’s Crisis of Racism: 2000-2016
  • The Suicide of Amanda Todd: October 2012
  • Racial Profiling in Nova Scotia: 2009-2016
  • Six Slain in Mass Shooting at Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City: January 29, 2017
  • Bullying and Homophobia
    and more

UNIT 4

Moves from history into action by examining real-world heroes. Students identify strategies for responding to prejudice and hate-filled incidents.

Materials include:

  • Video 4
  • Lesson Plan
  • Video Discussion Guide
  • Choose Your Voice Student Pledge Certificate
  • What is a Hero? handout
  • Graphic Organizer
  • Choose Your Voice Worksheet
  • Rubric

Fact sheets of real-life heroes:

  • Viola Desmond
  • Oskar Schindler
  • Madeleine Parent
  • Antonine Maillet
  • Naomi Segal-Bronstein
    and more

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