I got to spend time with Ms. Labas' grade 10 Business Class at Campbell Collegiate talking about politics and answering questions on US tariffs and pipelines.
The students are studying federal politics using unique tools from Canada Geographic and Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC). It includes a giant map called Route 338 that aims to help all Canadians understand the political process and make their voices heard.
From Canada Geographic: How many times have we heard the words, “Politics are boring”? From an educator’s perspective, this is a motivating phrase and a challenge because democracy is at the very centre of Canadian society. As Canadian citizens, we all have a responsibility to uphold a healthy democracy. It is important that students be aware of their role and be inspired to participate in the democratic process.
The map is accompanied by 11 curriculum- linked learning activities designed to teach primary to senior students about the many facets of a democratic society. Students will be given the chance to map out evolving federal riding boundaries, learn about the electoral and appointment process of key members in a democracy, explore the roles of the media, identify the symbols that represent us and much more.