Chief Electoral Officer participates in Civic Education Activity at École Roméo-Dallaire in Winnipeg
Winnipeg, March 12, 2019– Elections Canada is inviting media to an event in collaboration with École Roméo-Dallaire that showcases its civic education resources. This event is the first of its kind in French in Canada.
The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Stéphane Perrault, will join students from Grades 7 to 9 to explore a resource called Does Voting Matter? Students will participate in a series of simulated elections, where they will learn, in a fun and stimulating way, the effects of voter turnout on choices and decisions that affect us all.
The closing video of the activity, the testimony of a Canadian, born in Rwanda, on the importance of the power to vote, has special significance for the students and teachers of École Roméo-Dallaire. Recall that General Dallaire served as Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda before and during the 1994 genocide.
"Engaging students on civic participation and voting in elections is an important issue for us. This is my third event in Canada, after Halifax and Toronto, promoting our civic education resources in classrooms, and our reception so far has been very positive. We want to make sure that teachers are aware of these tools, that they are fun to use and they can assist them in their class even if they are not teaching civics. In fact, these resources can also be used in history, math, geography, social studies, politics or citizenship class. They are done in a way that students can engage and think about elections and civic action for themselves."
– Stéphane Perrault, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada
"Manitoba's Social Studies Curriculum seeks to develop Active Democratic Citizens. So it is a real pleasure for me to see both teachers and students react so positively to Election Canada's resources. Having engaging discussions, fun activities and relevant videos at the heart of these lesson plans make this growth experience both dynamic and fun. Students go from turning into zombies or dinosaurs in Does Voting Matter? to being inspired by the real lived experiences of Canadian citizens. There's so much variety to choose from, and teachers are happy to have turnkey resources that are tried, trusted and free! We're lucky to have this pilot project running here in Manitoba."
– Joseph Péloquin-Hopfner, Education Coordinator, Elections Canada
|When||March 14, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Media representatives are allowed to shoot during the entire activity.
81 Quail Ridge Road
Winnipeg (Manitoba) R2Y 2A9
|Media Availability||To schedule an interview, please contact Elections Canada Media Relations ahead of time at the coordinates below.|
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