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!
CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION
and Refugee Protection Act: www.cic.gc.ca/english/irpa/
Review this important Act along with key reference materials and find out how it affects you.
Passages to Canada:
A Search for Belonging: www.passagestocanada.com
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.
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.
Federation of Ontario: www.etfo.ca/index2.htm
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.
GENERAL PEACE EDUCATION
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.
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
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.
for Peace: www.atriumsoc.org/EduPeace/edupeace.html
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: www.iearn-canada.org/
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.
Peaceful Schools: www.leagueofpeacefulschools.sk.ca
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
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: www.oneday.net/
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: www.rcmp.ca/peacekeeping/index_e.htm
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
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 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.
About Tolerance, Stereotyping, War, Loss and Friendship: www.youthcomm.org/NYC%20Features/WTC/WTC-index.htm
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
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!
INTERNATIONAL PEACE ORGANIZATIONS
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: www.oxfam.ca
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): www.un.org/peace/
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
United Nations Children’s
Fund (UNICEF) - Canada: www.unicef.ca
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.
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.
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.
NUCLEAR AND WEAPONRY DISARMAMENT
Canadian Coalition for Nuclear
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.
After September 11-Perspectives
from the Social Sciences: www.ssrc.org/sept11/
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.
This gallery offers animated cartoons on themes relating to September
i.e. "Find the Terrorist" challenges assumptions on
what a terrorist should look like.
- Reacting to the Terrorist Attack: www.aclrc.com/Beyond_Blame.htm
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
Beyond the Frame-
Alternative Views on the September 11 Atrocities: mediaed.sitepassport.net/btf
This site has on-line streaming video clips of leading dissident
scholars and activists (Includes Noam Chomskey). Audio and transcripts
and Work Institute: www.familiesandwork.org/911ah/911ashistory.html
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.
Response to September 11, 2001: Educational Resources for youth
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
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.
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.
We are always looking for new materials to share with educators.
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