Lesson Five: Conclusion

By: Doriane Ossene

Doriane Ossene

Education Collaborator

Doriane’s background includes education in France and learning a lot about Canada through her studies at York University in International Studies and Canadian studies, which she will be graduating from in 2023. She is passionate about stories people don’t know about and loves making them known. Her dream is to work in a field that supports underrepresented communities, in Canada and around the world.

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Grade Level

Adaptable across 9-12

Learning Goals

Lesson Outline 

Note: the following lesson directly addresses students while giving them instructions on how to proceed through the learning (i.e. the “you” is the student).

What did immigration look like before 1948? What were the major countries of origin for immigrants to Canada during this time?
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What are your major takeaways from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights regarding immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers? Try to list 3-5 reflections and/or observations.
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Immigrating to Canada
Using what you learned in the previous lessons, name the main ways in which an individual who is not a Canadian citizen can come to live in Canada.
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Choose any one of the categories of migrants who might come to Canada.

Describe what you know about the different steps to follow for that category of migrant to obtain a legal status in Canada.

You may write down the process, create a diagram of your choice, write a list, or use any other way that seems appropriate to you.

You can do brief additional research if needed.
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According to Statistic Canada’s summary of immigration in 2022, what does immigration look like right now in the land known as Canada?
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Canada’s Commitments in and to the World
Using the knowledge you acquired through the previous activities, name commitments that Canada shares with other countries regarding immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. What expectations are set out by the UDHR and other international agreements?
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How have migrants from other countries contributed to Canada’s population over time? How has Canada treated those migrants over time? Summarize on a macro scale what you’ve learned about Canada’s relationship to immigration before and after the adoption of the UDHR in 1948.
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Canada and the UDHR
What are some policies and practices that Canada has in place to realize the pledge it has made to immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees via the UDHR?
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What are some challenges the Government of Canada has faced or has itself created in an attempt to uphold the expectations set by the UDHR for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers?
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What practical steps (actions) do you think the Government of Canada should take going forward to support Canada’s commitment to the UDHR? Can provincial and territorial governments support these steps in any way?

How would these steps support the aspirational articles of the UDHR?
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Government and Land
Think back to the first lesson in this unit, where you learned (or revisited learning) about Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit).

Have Indigenous Peoples and/or their representative communities or organizations and/or their governments been mentioned in any of the policies, laws, or practices that you have read throughout this unit?

From what you can tell, have Indigenous Peoples (and their communities and governments) been included in the process of determining how people should come to this land from away, and what their rights and responsibilities should be when they settle here permanently?

How might the Government of Canada more meaningfully and authentically collaborate with Indigenous Peoples in determining policies around immigration? Why might that be important to do?
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In your opinion, how is Canada performing regarding its commitment to realizing the pledge of the UDHR towards immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers? Support your answer with examples.
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Do you have any additional comments or questions about Canada’s relationship with immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers? Any final thoughts?
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Government of Canada, Statistics Canada. “Canada at a Glance, 2022 Immigration.” Immigration – Canada at a Glance, 2022, November 23, 2022.