What it means to be a citizen has changed dramatically since the concept first appeared in ancient Greece.
As an educator in Canada, whose homeland has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples long before me, I have the opportunity and responsibility to teach this history to my students.
There have been no outright wars between the world’s major powers since WWI. It’s this fact that causes some to say the UN Security Council has successfully served its purpose.
Many of us likely take basic universal human rights for granted. Yet in a legal sense, human rights have existed for less than 75 years.
Canada’s ambassador to the UN is frequently seen as the face of Canadian diplomacy, who often brings his or her personal style and values to the role.
Getting students to understand the role the UN plays in the world is one step. Teaching its history and the role that Canada has played can be a much more complicated endeavour.
Canada is a very different country than it was in 1969 when the Official Languages Act was first enacted. That’s why some people are working to update the Act.