As our kids move toward adulthood, it becomes more important than ever that they know their rights and responsibilities as citizens of Ontario and Canada.

 

And while kids may not see the relevance when these topics come up at school, it's knowledge they'll be glad to have when they start voting and participating in their communities.

 

If you'd like your child to brush up on our rights, freedoms, and responsibilities, check out TVO's Civics 101 animation covering it all in an engaging and entertaining way, and in just over three minutes!

 

The animation explains the rights guaranteed to everyone under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code as well as the responsibilities each of us has as a Canadian citizen.

 

Here's a summary from the Civics 101 team:

Rights are civil liberties that are so important they are guaranteed to all Canadians in the Charter of Rights and rights.jpgFreedoms and in the Human Rights Code.

 

 

 

 

Rights and Freedoms include:

 

  • Democratic rights: The right to vote.
  • Legal rights.
  • Equality rights: Equality under the law without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.
  • Mobility rights: The right to enter, remain in and

       leave Canada and to live anywhere in Canada.

  • Aboriginal peoples’ rights.
  • Freedom of thought.
  • Freedom of speech.
  • Freedom of religion.
  • The right to peaceful assembly.

In Canada, citizens and non-citizens have certain obligations

that should guide us in our democratic lives. These

responsibilities provide the foundation for the shared values

and practices.

 

                            
Responsibilities include:

 

• To obey Canada’s laws.

• To exercise democratic rights.

• To respect Canada’s multicultural heritage.

• To freely express opinions while respecting the rights

   and freedoms of others.

• To help other people in the community.

• To work towards the elimination of discrimination and

   injustice.

 

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