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Learners need to develop the skills and mindsets necessary to actively engage as citizens with an appreciation for the diversity of people, perspectives, and the ability to envision and work toward a better and more sustainable future for all.

Learners will:
  • Understand the political, ecological, economic and social forces, their interconnectedness, and how they affect individuals, societies and countries.
  • Take actions and make responsible decisions that support quality of life for all, now and in the future.
  • Understand Indigenous histories, knowledge, contributions and inherent rights in Canada. Learn from and with diverse people, develop cross-cultural understanding, and understand the forces that affect individuals, societies and nations.
  • Recognize discrimination and promote principles of equity, human rights and democratic participation. Students engage in local, national and global initiatives to make a positive difference.
  • Contribute to society and to the culture of local, national, global and virtual communities in a responsible, inclusive, accountable, sustainable and ethical manner.
  • Participate in networks and use technology in a safe and socially responsible manner.


Citizenship involves understanding diverse worldviews and perspectives in order to address political, ecological, social and economic issues that are crucial to living in a contemporary, connected, interdependent and sustainable world. It also includes the acquisition of knowledge, motivation, dispositions and skills required for an ethos of engaged citizenship.

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Examples in the UGDSB