At a glance
In this activity, students
- consider the concept of fairness and map electoral boundaries on an imaginary country, making their electoral districts as fair as possible;
- interpret maps and analyze demographic and geographic information to consider the distinction between equality and equity; and
- learn about the real process for determining federal electoral districts in Canada.
Big ideas: Elections are place-based and land-based. People vote for a representative in a particular electoral district. In order for elections to be fair, careful consideration is given to both human and physical geography in determining the boundaries of electoral districts.
Subjects: This activity can be taught in a geography, world issues, social studies, or civics class.
Time needed: 60 minutes
Starting in 2022, Canada’s federal electoral districts will be reviewed. You can learn more about the process and follow along with it at the official redistribution website.