Civic Literacy Resources

On August 15th a federal election was officially announced. The election will take place on September 20th, 2021. Many people, such as new citizens or first time voters, could use some help understanding the election process. Spend some time with your learners discussing the importance of civic literacy.

“When you have strong civic literacy skills, you know how to make your voice heard by all levels of government—before, during and after an election.” – ABC Life Literacy Canada

ABC Life Literacy Canada defines civic literacy as, “having the knowledge and skills you need to participate in making change in your community.” This includes knowing how to vote and how your vote is counted, how all levels of government work, what responsibilities we have as citizens and what responsibilities our elected officials have. Civic literacy is important for both adults and children alike. Include kids in the political conversation and encourage them to participate in a student vote. By practicing voting at a young age, children are more likely to vote as adults. The website CIVIX offers some wonderful materials to help youth learn about our political system.

Below are some excellent resources to encourage civic literacy in your learners.

Elections

Civic Literacy

*Available to borrow from the Decoda Literacy Library.

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