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Global Citizenship and Sustainability


Global citizenship and sustainability involves understanding diverse world views and perspectives in order to effectively address the various political, environmental, social, and economic issues that are central to living sustainably in today’s interconnected and interdependent world. It also involves acquiring the knowledge, motivation, dispositions, and skills required for engaged citizenship, along with an appreciation of the diversity of people and perspectives in the world. It calls for the ability to envision and work towards a better and more sustainable future for all.

Student Descriptors

  • Students understand the political, environmental, economic, and social forces at play in the world today, how they interconnect, and how they affect individuals, communities, and countries.
  • Students make responsible decisions and take actions that support quality of life for all, now and in the future.
  • Students recognize discrimination and promote principles of equity, human rights, and democratic participation.
  • Students recognize the traditions, knowledge, and histories of Indigenous peoples, appreciate their historical and contemporary contributions to Canada, and recognize the legacy of residential schools.
  • Students learn from and with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds and develop cross-cultural understanding.
  • Students engage in local, national, and global initiatives to make a positive difference in the world.
  • Students contribute to society and to the culture of local, national, and global communities, both physical and virtual, in a responsible, inclusive, sustainable, ethical, and accountable manner.
  • Students, as citizens, participate in various groups and online networks in a safe and socially responsible manner.