Register for Student Vote Manitoba!

February 9th, 2016 by Dan Allan

The 41st Manitoba general election is scheduled to take place on April 19th, 2016.

CIVIX is pleased to offer the Student Vote program to elementary and high schools across the province with support from the Government of Canada, The Winnipeg Foundation and Elections Manitoba.

Student Vote provides students an opportunity to learn about the workings of government and our electoral system, research the parties and candidates, and experience the voting process firsthand.

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The Student Vote program provides an excellent way to educate students about their rights and responsibilities and provides a teachable moment to discuss important issues and the future of Manitoba.

Student Vote is free and materials are offered in English and French. You can register now at: http://www.studentvote.ca/registration/ or by calling us at 1-866-488-8775.

All registered schools will receive educational resources, campaign posters, ballots and ballot boxes, voting screens, ballots and an election manual, and access to online tools, such as videos and slide decks.

This will be the sixth Student Vote conducted in Manitoba since 2004. In the recent federal election, 34,579 Manitoba students cast ballots from 337 schools. You can see the results for Manitoba ridings here.

In the Brandon Sun, École secondaire Neelin High School teacher Kerri Malazdrewicz says “I think it’s really important so that the kids actually understand what they will have to go through when they actually do vote for their first time. My Grade 9s have just taken it and run with it… They were so excited to cast their ballot and do their due diligence.”

Join hundreds of schools across the province for the upcoming Manitoba provincial election! 

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Register now for Student Vote Saskatchewan!

January 25th, 2016 by Dan Allan

The 28th Saskatchewan general election is scheduled to take place on April 4th, 2016.

CIVIX is pleased to collaborate with Elections Saskatchewan to deliver the Student Vote program to elementary and high schools across the province.

Student Vote provides students a chance to learn about the workings of government, debate important issues concerning the province and their community, engage with the candidates and experience the voting process firsthand.

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“For many students, this program is their first introduction to our electoral process. Introducing these topics to your students in the classroom environment, and at this young age, helps build habits of informed and engaged citizens. Your students are the next generation of voters, and increasing their interest in democracy and elections is important to us,” says Dr. Michael Boda, the Chief Electoral Officer of the Province of Saskatchewan.

The Student Vote program is free and materials are offered in English and French. You can register now at: http://www.studentvote.ca/registration/ or by calling us at 1-866-488-8775.

All registered schools will receive activity resources, campaign posters, ballot boxes, voting screens, ballots and an election manual, and access to online tools, such as videos and slide decks.

This will be the sixth Student Vote conducted in Saskatchewan. During the recent federal election, more than 33,000 students cast ballots from 385 schools in Saskatchewan. You can see the results for Saskatchewan ridings here.

In the Prince Albert Daily Herald, Prince Albert Collegiate Institute teacher Greg Walker says “[Student Vote] uses actual ballot boxes and the ballots that the students are using look very similar to the ones that you would use in an actual poll… so when the students actually go through the process they’re getting the experience of what it would be like to actually vote, which then should make it less intimidating for them when they turn 18 to go through the process.”

We hope that you will join us for the upcoming Saskatchewan provincial election! 

The CIVIX Team

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Premier McNeil visits St. Joseph’s – A. McKay Elementary

December 1st, 2015 by Dan Allan

Students at St. Joseph’s – A. McKay Elementary in Halifax had a special visitor on Wednesday, November 25: Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.

Grade 6 teacher Paulette O’Connor explains:

One of my students, who became interested in politics as a result of the federal Student Vote, sent the premier a letter and invited him to come to speak to us. His office called to confirm that he was coming and the students prepared questions they wanted to ask him.

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The visit went great with the premier. He was here for an hour and it was all Q and A. The kids were amazing and even tried to teach him the Whip Nae Nae!

There were many great questions, including:

  • How does the government work in Nova Scotia?
  • How do laws get passed?
  • Will you lower gas prices to give us a break?
  • Is it easier to pass laws with a majority or minority government?
  • How will you keep young people from leaving Nova Scotia when there are few jobs?

One girl even asked how she could get into politics. The premier loved the question about the pros and cons about having a majority government.

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Overall, it was a fantastic event that came out of our engagement in Student Vote. The program is a wonderful opportunity to get an inner-city community involved in politics.

We would like to thank Premier McNeil and the students and staff at St. Joseph’s – A. McKay Elementary for facilitating the event and sharing the details with us.

The class also took part in our federal Student Vote program and asked the party leaders a question on refugees: 

The CIVIX Team

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Democracy Bootcamp: Calgary

September 21st, 2015 by CIVIX

More than 300 teachers from across Calgary will participate in Democracy Bootcamp today at the TELUS Spark Centre. The conference is intended to inspire the democratic engagement of teachers and improve their delivery of Student Vote during this fall’s federal election.

Democracy Bootcamp: Calgary will be our largest event in 2015, and the day-long agenda is packed with interesting speakers and special guests. In the morning, teachers will hear from political scientist Paul Fairie on the ‘Math (or Magic?)’ of polls, including their impact on elections, their implications for our democracy, and why pollsters get it right – and wrong.

An experienced panel of political operatives will then give teachers a glance ‘Inside a Campaign’ to offer insight on how campaigns are shaped, won and lost. The panel features Kathleen Monk, Scott Reid, and Jamie Watt and is moderated by The Globe and Mail’s Campbell Clark.

The afternoon schedule includes an all-party forum on federal politics hosted by Linda Olsen of Global News Calgary and a presentation on Student Vote tools and best practices.

Another Bootcamp – Democracy Bootcamp: Montréal – is simultaneously being held in Montréal today, and another is scheduled for next Tuesday, September 29 in Edmonton. CIVIX also hosted two other Bootcamps in British Columbia and Ontario earlier this year. By next week, we will have trained more than 800 teachers throughout Canada to deliver our biggest and best Student Vote yet.

CIVIX has organized Student Vote projects in Alberta during the last four federal and three provincial elections. In the recent provincial election, more than 92,000 Student Vote ballots were cast from 838 schools, representing the province’s best ever participation in the program.

In this fall’s federal Student Vote, Alberta has already shattered past participation. The province sits at 120 per cent of its best ever registration, with 1,061 schools registered – that’s more than half of all schools in the province!

Democracy Bootcamp: Calgary is made possible with the support of The Alberta Teachers’ Association, Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School District, Elections Alberta, Elections Canada, The Calgary Foundation, The Max Bell Foundation, and Your Canada, Your Constitution.

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Democracy Bootcamp: Montréal

September 21st, 2015 by CIVIX

CIVIX is proud to welcome over 60 teachers and participants from across Québec for Democracy Bootcamp: Montréal today at Écomusée du fier monde. Participants will engage on the delivery of the Student Vote program for the 2015 federal election, and learn about democratic engagement in the classroom.

Graham Fox of the Institut de la recherche en politiques publiques will moderate a panel of expert political analysts, including Tasha Kheiriddin of the National Post, Philippe Orfali of Le Devoir, and Éric Montigny of Université de Laval, while they discuss the federal election.

Participants will also learn about polling accuracy and how to integrate the results of polls into the classroom, with Claire Durand of Université de Montréal. In the afternoon, participants will engage in group discussion sessions in order to share resources and their experiences with Student Vote, and to help teachers prepare to deliver the program.

The Directeur général des élections du Québec and l’Assemblée nationale du Québec will share tools and programs from the Québec government for civic education, including Vox populi: Ta démocratie à l’école and Par ici la démocratie.

CIVIX will also share the best tips, practices, and tools that teachers can integrate into their Student Vote programs this fall. With the advice from experienced participants, to the latest social media tools and videos, teachers will leave the day prepared to challenge their students into thinking about, and acting on their civic duty with the Student Vote program.

Another Bootcamp – Democracy Bootcamp: Calgary – is simultaneously being held in Calgary today, and another is scheduled for next Tuesday, September 29 in Edmonton. CIVIX hosted two other Bootcamps in British Columbia and Ontario earlier this year as well. By next week, we will have trained more than 800 teachers throughout Canada to deliver our biggest and best Student Vote yet.

CIVIX has organized Student Votes during the last four federal elections in Québec. In the last federal election, 322 schools in the province registered for the Student Vote program, resulting in over 36,000 ballots cast. The 2015 election has resulted in 110 per cent of our best ever participation in the province.

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