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Do you need more background information, teaching ideas, and websites related to peace education? Try linking to the following sites to find free lesson plans, view additional programs, projects, and resources that support peace-making initiatives. All of the sites are categorized to make your search easy!


Immigration and Refugee Protection Act:
Review this important Act along with key reference materials and find out how it affects you.

Passages to Canada: A Search for Belonging:
This is a resource booklet for teachers that explores immigration by recounting the personal stories of six Canadian authors. These stories can be used in the classroom to discuss immigration and citizenship issues with students.

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Canadian Race Relations Foundation:
All the programs and initiatives explored on this site pertain to the foundation’s main goal of building a national framework for the fight against racism in Canada. The “Activitiesî section is an informative area that details Canada’s history of racism through an interactive quiz.

Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario:
The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario supports initiatives that promote anti-racism and anti-violence policies and practices. Click on “Equityî to learn more about their Back to School Afghanistan campaign and how you can get involved.

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Better World Links:
This site provides educators with numerous, well-organized links to sites covering major global issues such as peace, disarmament, and nonviolence. All of these topics have further links to educational resources and web sites.

Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace:
The Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace are organizations that aim to raise peace awareness, education, networking, and recognition across Canada. This site provides many links to other peace related sites and information pertaining to current peace initiatives taking place throughout Canada. There is a great section called “Peace for Dummiesî that can help educators build a better grasp on issues related to peace.

Canadian Peace Alliance:
The Canadian Peace Alliance organizes peace campaigns across Canada, arranges political lobbying sessions, develops strategies for the peace movement, and produces a variety of peace related educational materials.

Celebrating Peace:
The programs offered through this site focus on four main peace themes including Peace for Me, Peace for Us, Peace for Everyone, and Peace for the Planet. These programs aim to engage both children and their families through cooperative, hands-on learning activities.

Conflict Resolution Network Canada:
This site declares itself as Canada’s source for conflict resolution connections, information and resources. They offer an on-line Peacebuilder e-zine designed for educators and youth.

Educating for Peace:
An international peace institute which assists communities in preventing cooperation, strengthening inter-group cooperation and applying principles of unity-in-diversity, equality and justice within sustainable community-building processes.

Education for Peace:
Education for Peace offers a variety of peace related resources and programs geared to different ages and grade levels. Some of their program titles include: Confidence, Awareness, and Change.

Educators for Social Responsibility:
This site offers over 80 free lesson plans for educators on peace-related topics. There are also links to information about other available peace resources and programs for teachers, some that are free.

Global Education Network:
This site acts as an on-line directory full of resources for teachers. Click on specific peace-related directories such as Peace and Justice and Human Rights.

International and Education Resource Network (i-Earn) Canada:
This non-profit global telecommunications community invites students and teachers to participate in projects designed to make a meaningful contribution to the overall peace of our planet. There is a special i-Earn- Canada section that offers a list of links to information about peace education programs.

League of Peaceful Schools:
This association was developed to provide support for schools that are committed to creating a safe and peaceful environment for their students. Becoming a member gives schools the opportunity to participate in conferences and receive useful benefits packages containing information and materials about achieving peace in a classroom.

Millennium Peace:
This website is dedicated to informing others about peace related initiatives and projects around the world. There are also links to other useful peace-orientated web sites.

One Day in Peace:
This is an on-line picture book designed for children about peace that can be viewed in 21 different languages. The site also offers links to other peace related initiatives and programs.

Peacekeeping — The RCMP's role:
This website outlines facts and Peace Support functions of the Police Peacekeeping Operations as well as current missions of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Review Canadaís Peacekeeping Biennial Review ñ 2001-2003.

This site acts as a global meeting place for peacebuilders to express their feelings, experiences, and thoughts about peace through stories, art, or music. The detailed “Resourceî section of this site is categorized by websites, books, films/videos, music, programs/centres and news/ announcements.

Peace Education International:
This site is dedicated to providing educators, families, and children with the values necessary to create peaceful cultures. There are free lesson plans organized by grade that help teach peacemaking skills.

Peace Pledge Union:
Look under the "Education" section to find interesting resources and projects that promote world peace. Some examples include: learn peace: a Peace Pledge Union Project, and 100 years of action for peace.

Project Peacemakers:
Project Peacemakers works with the organization Project Ploughshares to educate children and communities about peace. An example of one of their projects designed for educators is called Building Peace through Play.

Stories About Tolerance, Stereotyping, War, Loss and Friendship:
This site offers 16 stories written by youth on tolerance, stereotyping, war, loss, and friendship. Each story is followed by several "Think About It" questions to spark discussion and reflection on those themes.

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Action Guide:
The Action Guide: A Human Rights Resource Manual for Secondary Schools is a major component of UNA-Canada’s 50th Anniversary Human Rights Project. Created for students and teachers, the Action Guide will inspire people to participate in human rights!

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Canadian Commission for UNESCO:
This commission acts as a consultative forum that advises the Canadian Government on its relations with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and coordinates its activities in Canada. Click on “Educationî for information about events, publications and news.

Oxfam Canada:
Oxfam Canada offers a wide variety of free kits and programs for different grade levels that can be downloaded from the "Educators" section. Sample titles include: Basic Human Right Kit, Economics for All, and Globe in a Box for Primary Kids.

United Nations (UN):
One of the central purposes of the UN is to preserve world peace. This site provides extensive information about the UN’s accomplishments and gives detailed background information and further links to all peace related topics. The “Cyber School Busî link offers free units for teachers on peace education. There are five units designed for different age groups that focus on tolerance, respect, and nonviolence. Teachers are also invited to review the “Cyber School Busî site for free classroom materials.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) - Canada:
UNICEF Canada provides free programs for educators that connect to the curriculum. They are designed to teach children about important issues like empathy, compassion and civic responsibility.

World Vision Canada:
World Vision Canada offers quality educational resources that inform and challenge different age levels about impoverished people around the world.
There is a special “Canadian Resourcesî section that provides information on available peace-related materials.

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Mines Action Canada:
This coalition’s main goal is to deal with the human and socioeconomic impact of landmines. It is a user-friendly site, helpful for researching various issues related to mine action.

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Cultural Profiles:
Initially developed to help users gain a basic understanding of various cultures, this site offers a series of cultural profiles, each providing an overview of life and customs in a profiled country.

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Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility:
This non-profit organization is dedicated to the education and research of issues related to nuclear weapons. This is a great site for educators to find extensive background information pertaining to nuclear energy.

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After September 11-Perspectives from the Social Sciences:
This website features an extraordinary and still-expanding collection of essays by leading social scientists from around the country and the world. These are efforts by social scientists to bring theoretical and empirical knowledge to bear on the events of September 11, their precursors, and what comes after.

Animation Gallery:
This gallery offers animated cartoons on themes relating to September 11
i.e. "Find the Terrorist" challenges assumptions on what a terrorist should look like.

Beyond Blame - Reacting to the Terrorist Attack:
This resource provides three classroom ready lessons on the concepts of justice, injustice and blame. It was developed in the weeks following September 11, 2001 and was recently adapted for use in Canada.

Beyond the Frame- Alternative Views on the September 11 Atrocities:
This site has on-line streaming video clips of leading dissident scholars and activists (Includes Noam Chomskey). Audio and transcripts are available.

Families and Work Institute:
The Families and Work Institute put together a set of 16 free lesson plans for educators, parents, and youth, to help them address the issues surrounding the September 11 attacks. They also offer additional resources, tips, and information on how to deal with the issues surrounding this historical event.

In Response to September 11, 2001: Educational Resources for youth Activists:
This website provides links to resources that are helpful for students and teachers who wish to help educate others in their community about the root causes of violence, ways to prevent conflict, how to promote tolerance and how to engage in non-violent action for change.

September 11:
This site contains an amazing collection of screen shots from over 230 news sites (as of March 15th, 2002) around the world that were taken on September 11 and 12. This is an excellent resource for media literacy when looking at the event.

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Fighting Terrorism:
This is a government site with links to updates and actions taken to increase the security in Canada.

Cyber-Terrorism Crisis Website:
This new website from the NFB draws students into the events of World War I, World War II and the 1970 October Crisis, when the War Measures Act suspended civil rights. Students evaluate the historical evidence, and then apply that knowledge to a present-day game-like scenario. It’s designed for ages 13 and up.

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