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CHAPTER 1: WHAT GUIDES YOUR DECISION MAKING?

 

Here are ten rules about online safety and making good decisions online.

 

 

CHAPTER 2: WHAT DO GOVERNMENTS DO FOR US?

 

This PBS Kids interactive site explores different aspects of government in a town. Note: This is an American site using local, state and federal government examples; ask your teacher for help with this site.

 

 

CHAPTER 3: WHAT WAS DEMOCRACY IN ANCIENT ATHENS?

 

Here is a brief description of the historical development of democracy in the Mediterranean.

 

This article describes how a group of Californian grade 6 students visited their City Hall to learn about similarities between ancient Athenian government and their local government.

 

 

CHAPTER 4:  WHAT WAS THE IROQUOIS CONFEDERACY?

 

This Haudenosaunee Fact Sheet is designed for students in a question-and-answer format.

 

Learn about the longhouse—its construction, use as a home, and its symbolism.

 

The Oneida First Nation site includes information about the clans of the Oneida First Nations, lacrosse, wampum, oral histories, and Iroquois legends.

 

Read about the role of Clan Mothers at the Canadian Museum of Civilization website.

 

The Canadian Museum of Civilization site also has information about the role of the longhouse in modern times.

 

 

CHAPTER 5: WHY ARE CANADA’S RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS IMPORTANT?

 

Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for information on Canadian citizenship and applying for citizenship.

 

The Great Law of Peace is the founding Constitution of the Iroquois.

 

Learn more about the Numbered Treaties, which recognize the rights of First Nations peoples.

 

 

CHAPTER 6:  WHAT DOES REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY INVOLVE?

 

Visit the Alberta Motor Association’s School Safety website to play a street safety game and for intercom announcements about safety to read at school.

 

 

CHAPTER 7:  WHAT DOES PARTICIPATION INVOLVE?

 

The Alberta 4-H Club has many different programs, outings, and events for young people to get involved in and help organize.

 

Eleven-year-old Hannah Taylor started the Ladybug Foundation to help homeless people. Her website will tell you how students can also help the homeless.

 

 

CHAPTER 8:  HOW CAN CITIZENS PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT?

Take a virtual tour of Edmonton’s City Hall with narrative audio, 360 panoramic photography, and information about City Hall’s use and features.

See information and statistics on cities, towns, villages, and other municipalities in Alberta. Search for a place by name or by municipality type.

 

Get answers to frequently asked questions about local government at this page, designed for students, and look through the glossary of terms.

 

Building Communities Through Local Government is an interactive activity site that teaches students about how local governments work and how they make decisions. Follow three different storylines about communities, and try activities like ‘Vote for a Representative’ and ‘Voice Your Opinion’.

Student Vote runs voting simulations that run parallel to federal, provincial, and some municipal elections.

 

CHAPTER 9: HOW DOES THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT FUNCTION?

 

Where did builders find the marble for the Legislature Building? How is an American state Legislature different from our provincial Legislature? What happens in a legislative session? The answers to these and many other questions are in this booklet. It also has review questions to help you remember the information.

 

Note: This publication is on-line and available in hard copy. Since there are continual updates and changes, check to make sure that any editions are current.

 

Search this site by name or by riding to find your local elected Members of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly.