Doing Democracy | Démocratie à l’œuvre! is a tri-collaboration between the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education, Elections Canada, and the Encounters with Canada national youth forum. The project, through the development of civic education modules, seeks to increase understandings of Canada’s democracy, electoral and legislative processes among youth, and to inspire them to take action in relation to their civic and community responsibilities.
Doing Democracy Project Overview Video
Doing Democracy Project Description & Partners
In collaboration with Elections Canada and Encounters with Canada, teacher candidates at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa work collaboratively to develop and deliver civic and citizenship learning workshops to youth from across Canada attending a week-long program at Encounters With Canada.
- To support Canadian youth in developing an understanding of and interest in Canada’s democracy, electoral and legislative process, and electoral participation;
- To increase youth interest in taking action in relation to civic and community responsibility, including intention for future electoral participation; and,
- To increase knowledge and confidence in teaching civic awareness, citizenship, and the electoral process.
Elections Canada is the independent, non-partisan agency responsible for conducting federal elections. They have a mandate to implement public education and information programs to make the electoral process better known to students at the primary and secondary levels.
Encounters with Canada
Encounters with Canada (Encounters) is Canada’s largest national youth civic education forum. For 30 years, EWC has been offering Canadian youth programming, with more than 90,000 young people having lived this once-in-a-lifetime experience since 1982. Held at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre in Ottawa, Encounters is a bilingual, one-week youth citizenship and leadership program, offered over twenty-six weeks, from September to December and late January to May. Every week, 120 to 148 teens, aged 14 to 17 years –discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options, develop their civic leadership skills and live an extraordinary bilingual experience. The EWC program incorporates three major components. (1) Canadian institutions,(2) weekly modules and (3) twelve occupational-career themes.
Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa
Under the leadership of Dr. Lorna McLean, the research team of three professors and three graduate students supports about 30 teacher candidates in developing and delivering civics learning modules to the youth attending Encounters with Canada.