Hands-On Canadian History: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

In 1982, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was introduced. It clearly outlined what Canadian citizens and residents were allowed (and not allowed) to do and expect.

There are 7 main sections:

  • Fundamental Freedoms
  • Democratic Rights
  • Mobility Rights
  • Legal Rights
  • Equality Rights
  • Official Languages of Canada
  • Minority Language Education Rights

Plus details outlining how these rules are enforced, guarantees and exemptions, etc.

Hands-On Canadian History: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Bingo Game

This game is designed to be a fun way to get some basic understanding of what is included in the charter.

Materials Needed:

  • A bingo card for each player
  • Scenario sheet cut into strips
  • Bingo markers (such as beans or coins or something similar)

Give each player a bingo card and a selection of markers. One person is the caller and reads off one randomly selected scenario at a time. Each scenario is an example of a specific right or freedom being violated. As you call out the scenario, it is the job of the players to figure out which right or freedom is being infringed upon and to cover it with one of their marker. Just like in regular bingo, the first player with 5 in a straight row (across, down, or diagonally) is the winner.

Some examples of scenarios are:

“Tatsuki is turned away at the voting booth because he is Japanese-Canadian.(Right to Vote)
“Layla, a Canadian citizen, goes to visit her friends in the United States and is refused re-entry back to Canada. (Right to leave & enter the country)
“Henri is deaf and cannot hear what is being said in the courtroom. (Right to an interpreter in court)

For fun, they can yell “FREEDOM!” instead of Bingo when they win.

Here is a great video that helps explain how the charter works.


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15 thoughts on “Hands-On Canadian History: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms”

        1. Hi there. What exactly is the problem, so i can try to help. 🙂 Did you subscribe? If you did, you should have gotten a confirmation email, followed by an email with a link and a password to the downloads page. Did you get that far? I checked the page and it looks like it should be working – at least from my end. LEt me know where you are in the steps!

  1. I tried twice and got no email for the bingo game. It looks really interesting, but after several hours, still no access information.

    1. Oh no. That’s frustrating! I wonder what is going on! :/ I’m so sorry that the emails aren’t coming through. I’m going to pop you an email personally with the information.

    1. Hi Heather. At the bottom of the post, there is a Subscribe box where you can sign up with your email address to access the printables library. That is where you can find the bingo game and lots of other printables. 😀

  2. Hi there, could you please send me a copy of this bingo game activity directly as it looks great but I can’t seem to access it. Thanks

    1. Hi there,
      Did you have a chance to sign up for the subscribe for the printables library in the box at the bottom of the post? If you did, you would have gotten an email that explained how to access this and everything else.
      If you did sign up and haven’t gotten the emails, let me know and we’ll figure out a plan!


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