Teaching Resources


The Being an Active Citizen project created enhancements to the BC curriculum on law and citizenship to better prepare students to be informed citizens. To access the curriculum for grades 7 to 11, select the grade level in the left column. On the next page, you can download a PDF document of the entire curriculum for that level. 

Program Framework

The following framework outlines the program for each grade.  It is designed to illustrate how common themes are woven throughout the framework as students continue through the grades. For example, different aspects of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are studied in each grade.  Students are introduced to the Charter in grade seven, learn about democratic rights in grade eight, fundamental freedoms in grade nine, equality rights in grade ten and legal rights in grade eleven.  In this manner the important themes are revisited in each grade and allow students to discover how they relate to their lives and to being an active citizen.

Involvement in the community starts in the school and as students progress through this program the intention is that they will become locally active while beginning to form a broader global outlook.




Community Engagement


  • Democracy  at home and local governments
  • The Constitution and the Separation of Powers
  • Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
  • The Rule of Law and Judicial and Lawyer Independence
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Introduction, Preamble, Mobility Rights
  • Civil and Criminal Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation, Collaborative Law and Arbitration
  • Student awareness poster
  • Law Fair
  • Mock Trial and Jury Selection
  • Getting involved


  • Structure and Operation of Local Governments in BC
  • How elections work
  • Local Government Act and the Community Charter
  • Courts of BC- Appeal, Supreme and Provincial
  • Vancouver Downtown Community Court
  • Civil and Criminal Court Processes
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms /Democratic Rights
  • Consumer Law
  • School projects
  • Mock election 
  • Responsibility to vote
  • Mock city council
  • Volunteer at a local Service Organization



  • Structure and Operation of Levels of Government
  • Separation of Powers and Executive Branch
  • Constitutional Monarchy



  • Provincial Court of BC Criminal, Family, Youth, Small Claims and Traffic Proceedings
  • Court Processes, Criminal Community Court, First Nations Court
  • Alternatives to Court: Civil and Criminal
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms/Fundamental Freedoms-balance between individual rights and responsibilities of citizens
  • Family Law
  • School projects
  • How citizens are becoming involved
  • What makes someone an active citizen
  • Steps to active citizenship
  • How to make yourself heard
  • World Issues
  • Volunteer locally with a globally oriented organization


  • Structure and Operation of Federal Government
  • Provincial Government in BC
  • Political Parties: Political Spectrum
  • First Nations Governance in BC
  • Multiculturalism in Canada
  • The Courts of BC
  • Alternatives to Civil Court
  • Civil Court Proceedings
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms/ Equality Rights 
  • Labour Law and Employment Standards
  • Administrative Law
  • Cultural heritage
  • First Nations Government in BC
  • Administrative Tribunals
  • Labour law 
  • Community-Based Project
  • Social change
  • Volunteer


  • Canadian Constitution- major provisions
  • Structure and operation of the local, provincial, and federal governments- review
  • Branches of the Federal Government
  • Federal Legislative Process
  • Federal Political Parties and Ideologies
  • Federal elections and electoral process
  • Federal Courts/SCC/Citizenship Court
  • Criminal Law, Criminal Code of Canada
  • Criminal and Civil Court Procedure, Sentencing, Restorative Justice and Appeals
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms/Legal Rights
  • Canadian Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
  • Environmental Law
  • International Law
  • Provincial, Federal, global concerns and local actions
  • Royal Commission
  • Model Parliament
  • Town Hall Meeting
  • Criminal Defence
  • Mandatory Minimum Sentences
  • Searches in High School
  • Your civic footprint
  • Civic process
  • Volunteer