Democracy Bootcamp Ontario 2015

April 16th, 2015 by Dan Allan

More than 200 educators from across Ontario are set to gather in Toronto today and tomorrow for Democracy Bootcamp!

Hosted by CIVIX at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Arcadian Court, Democracy Bootcamp will cover the basics of elections, voting research and trends, and techniques and tools to educate and engage students in our democracy. The conference is intended to improve the political knowledge, interest, and instructional capacity of classroom teachers, and enhance their delivery of the Student Vote program.


Democracy Bootcamp is made possible with support from Elections Canada, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The schedule for the two-day event includes an all-party forum on federal politics hosted by Althia Raj, a pundits panel featuring Amanda Alvaro, Robin MacLachlan and Stockwell Day, and an insider’s look at election campaigns hosted by Desmond Cole and featuring Kathleen Monk, Jaime Watt and David Herle. Additional discussions will feature Vote Compass, Samara Canada, Abacus Data and Twitter Canada.

CIVIX has organized Student Vote projects in Ontario during the last four federal and four provincial elections, as well as two municipal and school board elections (including the most recent municipal and school board elections in the fall of 2014). During last year’s provincial election, more than 170,000 Student Vote ballots were cast from over 1,300 schools.

A British Columbia Democracy Bootcamp took place in Vancouver in February; photos are available here. Bootcamps in Quebec and Alberta are being planned for later this year.

The first Democracy Bootcamp for Ontario teachers was held in April 2011. Videos of the panels are available here. You can watch a video recap of the event here:

Follow us at @CIVIX_Canada and @studentvote to keep tabs on #DemocracyBootcamp.

Please contact [email protected] for more information.

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