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A core resource is a foundational or key resource that complements a curriculum in an especially effective way. It may be a comprehensive resource that broadly addresses several of the student learning outcomes (e.g., a major integrated resource, series, textbook), an in-depth student resource that addresses at least one student learning outcome or a professional resource for educators.
A Brief Introduction to Law in Canada
This resource examines the key processes and institutions of Canadian law. Also discussed are Canada's legal history, the Canadian Constitution, careers in law and the core categories of law, such as: property law, family law, business and consumer law, administrative law and criminal law.
Breaking Free. W5
Breaking Free is a short W5 investigation into a Manitoba Indigenous man's fight to reclaim his innocence following a 1974 murder conviction. It explores issues around marginalization, poverty, and the vulnerable nature of Indigenous people in the Canadian justice system. The video provides a view into the wrongfully convicted and could be used as a springboard to further investigation and conversations.
Introduction to Law in Canada (2nd ed.)
This comprehensive textbook covers in depth the nature of law, common and civil law systems, Canada's Constitution, key subject areas in law and the legal profession. Chapter summaries, review questions, extension activities, case studies and colourful charts are included. Definitions are highlighted and reading lists and websites for additional information are provided.
Youth and the Law: New Approaches to Criminal Justice and Child Protection (4th ed.)
This resource is a comprehensive textbook that provides information regarding youth in the justice system. It looks at a variety of perspectives and allows a deeper examination of criminal law, policing and societal responses to youth in the legal system.
Additional resources also complement the curriculum in an effective way and are of the same variety as core resources. However, where funds are limited, educators are advised to start by purchasing core resources.
21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality
The author explains how the Indian Act has limited the opportunities for Indigenous peoples in the areas of self-government, self-determination and self-reliance, and how it continues to reinforce stereotypes. The importance of learning about the legacy and complex issues surrounding the Indian Act is emphasized if Canadians want to progress toward true reconciliation.
A History of Law in Canada. Volume One: Beginnings to 1866
This book explores the history of the Canadian legal system. It shows how historical systems, precedents and statutes have influenced today's laws and practices. It is Volume One of Two.
Aboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical Introduction
This book provides the historical background on the purpose of the treaties, sovereignty, and the relationship between the settlers, the government, and the Crown. It gives insight into what needs to be done in the future to support Aboriginal rights, whether achieved through negotiation or litigation in the courts. The author avoids using legal terminology. The end of the chapter has a section call To Sum Up which provides the reader with a summary of the key points from the chapter.
By Law or In Justice: The Indian Specific Claims Commission and the Struggle for Indigenous Justice
This scholarly resource is a comprehensive analysis of the work, legacy and federal government treatment of the Indian Specific Claims Commission (ICC), which was formed in 1991 in response to the Oka crisis to resolve claims related to treaty promises, the Indian Act and other Crown obligations. In 2009, the ICC was replaced by the Specific Claims Tribunal. The author calls for the need to re-examine and address the real problems of the justice system in Canada to resolve treaty and Indian A...
CSI. The Experience
This interactive website provides an online simulation that allows students to use investigative techniques used to solve crimes. The site also provides students with career profiles within the field of human justice. There is a section for educators which has links to various activities related to each of the five cases. There is also a printable worksheet to guide students through the cases. Short quizzes and answer keys are also available to evaluate students on their use of the investigat...
Canadian Criminal Justice: A Primer (6th ed.)
This resource provides an overview of the Canadian criminal justice system, including the police, the criminal courts, corrections and youth justice. Text boxes that highlight important events, research and cases are included throughout the resource, in addition to critical thinking and group discussion exercises at the end of each chapter that review the content presented.
Canadian Family Law (7th ed.)
This book provides a comprehensive and scholarly look at Family Law in Canada. It identifies the changing character of Canadian families and poses questions concerning possible future directions of law and social policy in Canada. The topics include marriage, cohabitation, domestic contracts, family violence, marriage breakdown, spousal and child support, parenting arrangements, appeals and matrimonial property rights. consequences of marriage breakdown and divorce.
Canadian Law: An Introduction (7th ed.)
This resource provides a detailed overview of the Canadian legal system, including topics such as: the purpose of the legal system, sources of Canadian law, applying the law, the court system, the legal profession and types of law (tort law, family law, criminal law and administrative law).
Corrections in Canada: Principles and Practice
This textbook provides an in-depth examination of the field of corrections in Canada. The resource contains case studies that depict some of the challenges faced by corrections workers.
Criminal Code, Canada (2018 ed.)
This is the complete version of the Criminal Code of Canada. It provides the ability to investigate a wide range of criminal code offenses and how they are categorized.
Criminal Justice in Canada (8th ed.)
This resource provides an overview of the criminal justice system in Canada and explains criminal justice policy, policing, the courts and criminal trial procedures, sentencing, alternative sanctions, corrections and community reintegration. Chapter summaries, colourful graphics and illustrations, review questions and critical thinking questions are included.
Criminal Law in Canada: Cases, Questions, and the Code (7th ed.)
This book provides a case-oriented approach that supports learning about criminal law in Canada. There are useful charts, figures and case studies to explore with students. The chapters include topics such as causation, subjective and objective liability, strict and absolute liability, participation in crime, criminal responsibility, provocation and intoxication, necessity and duress, self-defence and defence of property.
Does Canada Have a Jury Problem?
In the aftermath of Gerald Stanley's acquittal, friends and family of Colten Boushie raised concerns about how Canada's juries are selected and whether race plays a role in getting a fair trial.
Family Law: Practices and Procedure (6th ed.)
This book explores topics such as marriage, annulment, divorce, custody, supports (child and spouse), property rights, and divorce procedures and is organized into 17 chapters. Some key terms are defined in the margins and bulleted points are used within paragraphs to help highlight key points.
Gender, Power, and Representations of Cree Law
Written by Emily Snyder, assistant professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Saskatchewan, this book provides a unique perspective into traditional Indigenous law and restorative justice. It examines the role of gender within the establishment of Cree law and how Cree women are represented in a limited capacity.
Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips and Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality
This book, written by Chief Bob Joseph, is intended to be a tool to improve cultural competency for business and government as they effectively work toward reconciliation by avoiding missteps and interacting more effectively with Indigenous Peoples. It addresses topics such as differences between hereditary and elected leadership, Indigenous rights and title and the treaty process. The terms “Aboriginal” and “Indigenous” are explained, as well as the lasting impacts of the Indian Act.
Law, Politics and the Judicial Process in Canada (4th ed.)
This resource provides a very detailed and complete account of the laws and politics surrounds the Canadian judicial system. It also addresses topics that might promote questioning and higher thinking pertaining to the role of Canadian judges. There are case studies included on a variety of issues that could be adapted for use in the classroom.
Locked Up. W5
Locked up is a short W5 program that depicts the abusive history of the provincially run Brookside Training School in Ontario, where thousands of children who were deemed unmanageable were sentenced to spend time from 1931 to 1984. It features the case of Rick Brown, who was sentenced as a youth to an indeterminate amount of time at the reform school. He has joined a class action lawsuit against the Ontario government which has been started by former students who suffered abuse and mistreatme...
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Resource for Teachers
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner site provides information and resources to help youth navigate and understand how privacy impacts their individual choices and lives.
On the Side of the Angels: Canada and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights
This book provides a scholarly view of Canada’s participation in the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Specific contentious human rights cases illustrate how Canada at times contributed or interfered with the operations of the Commission.
Surviving Your Divorce: A Guide to Canadian Family Law (6th ed.)
This resource explains how legal services can help you through a divorce. It examines all aspects of the ending of a marital relationship and how the laws play a role in the divorce process. The information is organized into 17 chapters and has an index to locate specific topics within of interest.
This episode of W5 investigates the story of a young mother who was traumatized by being forced to give up her child for adoption because she was seen to be immature or unfit to parent. Was this the right thing to do, or a violation of human rights?
The Canadian Constitution (2nd ed.)
This resource is a detailed introduction to Canada's Constitution, including the complete text of the Constitution Acts. Important constitutional events are discussed, along with some of the issues involved in leading constitutional cases. A glossary of terms is also provided.
The Law is (Not) for Kids: A Legal Rights Guide for Canadian Children and Teens
This book provides answers to questions about legal rights and issues that affect children and youth as they pertain to rights and laws that affect life at home, at school, at work and in relationships. Topics such as cyberbullying, consent and parental custody are discussed. The resource includes a glossary of legal terms and an appendix of websites and other sources of information for children.
Tougher Impaired Driving Laws Raise Concerns About Targeting
Since new impaired driving laws no longer require that law enforcement officers have reasonable grounds to request a breath sample, advocates for civil liberties are concerned about whether this change will lead to the targeting of drivers from visible minorities.
Truth and Conviction: Donald Marshall Jr. and the Mi'kmaw Quest for Justice
This well-researched book tells the compelling story of Donald Marshall Jr., who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1971, when he was 17 years old. It describes his years in prison, his eventual acquittal, and the recommendations of the Royal Commission inquiry into the many injustices he had experienced in the criminal justice system. It also documents his subsequent fight for fishing and treaty rights and explains his legacy related to Mi’kmaw legal principles, justice, treaty rights, se...
Who Are the Métis?
A board member from the Manitoba Métis Federation and the self-proclaimed Grand Chief of the Eastern Woodland Métis Nation of Nova Scotia highlight two perspectives on the complex issue of who is Métis.
Youth Criminal Justice Act, Canada (2018 ed.)
This document is the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The principles, extrajudicial and judicial measures, organization of the youth justice system, sentencing, custody and supervision, general and transitional provisions, and amendments are explained.
Youth in Conflict With the Law (4th ed.)
This resource explores a variety of topics related to youth justice, including the distinction between punishment and restorative justice, and important issues such as mental health, race and ethnicity and the Black Lives Matter movement. The history of Canadian law as it applies to youth is also discussed. Each chapter begins with a list of learning outcomes and ends with opportunities for students to test their knowledge of the content covered in the chapter.
Other Useful Materials
Other useful materials are documents, lesson plans or classroom activities that teachers may find useful in supporting the curriculum, but that have not typically undergone the same formal evaluation process that is required for core and additional resources.
ArcGIS Online enables you to connect people, locations, and data using interactive maps. It enables you to work with smart, data-driven styles and intuitive analysis tools that deliver location intelligence. It also enables the user to share insights with the world or specific groups. The website contains a tutorial, links to suggested subjects and projects, lesson plans and activities.
CAMPUS is the National Film Board’s exclusive education streaming service available at no cost to all teachers and students in Saskatchewan and is available on ROVER. Previewing resources is recommended.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Learning Supports for Families and Teachers
This document was created to provide support for parents/guardians when sharing information about the coronavirus with young and school-aged children. The document is also useful for early learning staff and Prekindergarten to Grade 12 teachers.
Curio is the CBC’s educational streaming service made available at no cost to Saskatchewan teachers and students by the Ministry of Education and is available on ROVER. Previewing resources is recommended.
Deepening the Discussion: Gender and Sexual Diversity
This document will assist individuals and communities to engage in meaningful discussions and actions to respond to the experiences, perspectives and needs of students and families who are gender and/or sexually diverse (GSD). It will: assist school divisions, central office personnel, administrators, educators, First Nations and Métis organizations and community partners to develop a deeper understanding of gender and sexual diversity; assist in understanding the unique educational, health a...
Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools: A Policy Planning Guide for School Divisions and Schools to Implement Digital Citizenship Education from Kindergarten to Grade 12
This document provides guidelines for school divisions and school-based administrators who are developing digital citizenship policies. It is not a prescriptive policy; instead, it offers a roadmap for building appropriate school division policies and school-specific digital citizenship guidelines and procedures. Tools to help teachers, administrators and parents as they get started on the implementation of digital citizenship education for K-12 students are also included.
Historical Learning Resources Updates
Learning Resources Updates provided an annual supplement to every subject-specific bibliography that supported K-12 curricula.
Opportunities to Address Child Abuse Prevention Education and Response
This document outlines curricular opportunities to address substance misuse in various subject areas and grades. Suggested curriculum outcomes are identified and, if applicable, supporting indicators are noted.
PLEA’s Law 30 Resource Portal
This web portal created by Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan is designed to link Law 30 curricular outcomes and indicators to available PLEA resources.
Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation's Indigenous Resources Review Committee Suggested Resources
These titles have been suggested by the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation's Indigenous Resources Review Committee. Before using these resources in the classroom, educators should consider the sensitive, emotional issues related to tragic events in Indigenous history and consult their local resources evaluation policy.
• Aboriginal Perspectives. Student Text: Aboriginal Studies 10
• Aboriginal Perspectives. Teacher Guide: Aboriginal Studies 10
• Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. (CUMFI)
• Contemporary Issues. Student Text: Aboriginal Studies 30
• Contemporary Issues. Teacher Resource: Aboriginal Studies 30
• Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN)
• Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research
• Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan
• Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S)
• Peoples and Cultural Change. Student Edition: Aboriginal Studies 10
• Peoples and Cultural Change. Teacher Guide: Aboriginal Studies 20
• Report of the Commission of Inquiry Into Matters Relating to the Death of Neil Stonechild
Supporting Reconciliation in Saskatchewan Schools
This site has been created by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education to support school staffs to work together to expand their understanding of truth and reconciliation as well as the history and legacy of residential schools. It contains tools and resources to support important conversations and professional development opportunities.
Teaching Sensitive Content in the Classroom
The purpose of the presentation is to describe strategies teachers can use to approach content that may be perceived as sensitive in their community in order to:
- ensure the learning environment is safe for respectful dialogue;
- teach students how to think critically about any topic with an open mind; and,
- meet curricular outcomes.
The Adaptive Dimension for Saskatchewan K-12 Students
The Adaptive Dimension refers to the concept of making adjustments to any or all of the following variables: learning environment, instruction, assessment and resources. Adjustments to these variables are intended to make learning meaningful and appropriate and to support student achievement. In the Saskatchewan context, differentiation is addressed through the Adaptive Dimension which enables all teachers to respond to student diversity, including their strengths and needs, interests, backg...
Treaty Education Outcomes and Indicators
The Treaty Education outcomes and indicators at each grade level are designed to engage learners on a journey of inquiry and discovery. When meaningfully and thoughtfully incorporated into subject areas, Treaty Education moves beyond an idea to become actualized as a belief that benefits all learners.
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