Slide Deck for Teachers - Voting Rights through Time

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Voting Rights through Time

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Inquiry Question

How inclusive is our democracy?

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Minds On

Think of a time when you felt excluded from something.

  • How did that feel?
  • What did you do?

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Minds On

Think of a time when you felt included in something.

  • How did that feel?
  • What did you do?

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What does Inclusion look like/feel like?

What does Exclusion look like/feel like?

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Activity

Get ready for your case study

Each group needs:

  • A timeline activity board
  • A set of case study cards: the context card and associated activity cards.

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Activity

Read aloud your context card before you begin.

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Activity

  • Read aloud your case study cards.
  • Place each card on the timeline by date.
  • Discuss as a group where you will place the card on the Inclusion/ Exclusion scale.

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Activity

Turning point: When the process of change shifts in direction or pace.

Was there a turning point in your case study?

Place your Turning Point Frame on your timeline.

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Consolidation

Share your thinking.

The most difficult item to place was…

I was surprised by…

I wonder about…

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Consolidation

Share your thinking with another group.

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Consolidation

Discussion: Does getting the right to vote always mean Inclusion in democracy?

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Watch the video: Voting Rights through Time

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Consolidation

The Right to Vote in Federal Elections: Then and Now

1867
Population of Canada 3,230,000
Number of eligible voters: 361,028 (11%)

Today
Population of Canada 37,797,496
Number of eligible voters: 27,310,979 (72%)

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Consolidation

1867
Population of Canada 3,230,000
Number of eligible voters: 361,028 (11%)

Who could vote?

Men who

  • were at least 21 years old, and
  • owned property.

Who couldn't vote?

  • Men who did not own property
  • Women
  • Anyone under 21
  • Most First Nations Peoples

What do you notice about federal voting rights in 1867?

What questions do you have?

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Consolidation

Today
Population of Canada 37,797,496
Number of eligible voters: 27,310,979 (72%)

Who can vote?

  • All Canadian citizens over 18 years old

Who can't vote?

  • Anyone under 18 years old
  • Residents who are not Canadian citizens
  • The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada

What do you notice about federal voting rights today?

What questions do you have?

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Consolidation

Reflect individually.

  • What surprised you most about inclusion and exclusion in Canadian democracy?
  • What is one question you have now?
  • Are other changes needed to make Canada’s democracy more inclusive?