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Secondary Instructional Plan 1: Ethnic Settlement/ Immigration - Part 2

1.  Introductory Activity: Exploring the Relationship Ask students what they know about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Brainstorm a list on the board, and have students record in their notes. Direct students to an online copy of the Charter or provide them with a hard copy. In groups have students go over the document once for understanding. Now ask them to go through the document looking for connections to immigration and immigrants. Have them record their observations in the following table.

Online:
Charter of Rights and Freedoms
http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/charter/
Immigration Policies
http://www.canadaimmigrationvisa.com/visatype.html

Rights Stated in the Charter
What it means to you
Connections to Immigration Policies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2. Visiting the Past: Ethnic Settlement in Alberta
Students should now have a basic understanding of the relationship between the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canadian Immigration policies. Now they need to explore the history of Ethnic Settlement in Alberta, and speculate how the current Charter and Immigration policies could have eased the transitions for these settlers of the past.
The materials located in the Student Zone give a point of view on Ethnic settlement and the social reaction to the influx of different ethnicities at the time. Albertasource.ca is also a good tool for students to use when researching. Once students have examined the documents ask them to write a short position paper in which they agree or disagree that the current Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Immigration policies would have helped these settlers integrate into Canadian society. They should use evidence from all the sources to back up their position.

Right or Freedom Evidence and Ideas that the Charter might have affected the Ethnic settlers integrating into Canadian Society Would the Charter have enhanced or increased the difficulty of Ethnic integration?
Conscience and Religion (Freedom) Thought, expression (Freedom) Peaceful assembly (Freedom)
Association (Freedom)
Citizens may enter, remain or leave Canada (Right)
May move to and live in any province (Right)
To Life, liberty and security of the person (Right)
Secure against unreasonable search or seizure (Right)
May not be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned (Right)
Due process upon arrest or detention (Right)
Due Process upon be charged (Right)
Cruel or unusual punishment unacceptable (Right)
Evidence in testimony not used for later
incrimination of that witness-except perjury (Right)
Legal proceedings must be accessible to the legal parties or witnesses (Right)
Each person equal under the law in particular without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, or mental or physical disability (Right)
English and French languages have equality of status in the Canadian and New Brunswick governments and parliamentary/legislative institutions. (Right)
Those whose first or primary school language is French or English may have their children receive instruction in that language in their province (Right).
The rights and freedoms shall not deny or detract from any rights of aboriginal peoples. (General)
The Rights and Freedoms is understand to preserve and enhance Canadian multicultural heritage (General)

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