Teachers! The Citizens' Assembly is a piece of BC
history that is still unfolding RIGHT NOW! Capture this
unique opportunity – while it is in progress and in the
news – to learn about:
Referendums - how can a citizen prepare to
vote in the May 17 provincial referendum?
Electoral Systems - what system do we use in BC? What
systems are used in democracies around the world? Why did the
Assembly recommend BC-STV as the best
system for our province?
Civic Participation - what did it take to be a member of the
Citizens' Assembly? The Assembly was made up of 160
regular, randomly selected, British Columbians who
volunteered their time to help shape the future of our
LEARN Watch these cool animations which explain
BC-STV and our current electoral system. And, visit this page for
information on the BC-STV system recommended by the Assembly.
Watch or listen to recordings
of Assembly meetings
Hold a model Citizens' Assembly at your school
using teacher Paula Waatainen's
lesson aid package, Assessing Electoral Systems:
Opportunities for Political Education and Active Citizenship.
This lesson aid and other Citizens' Assembly
school materials are a great way to bring this
important provincial issue into the classroom.
What traits do you think BC's electoral system should
have? While you learn about BC-STV,
compare it with our current
system, First Past the Post. What do you think is
the best system for BC?
To find out what other
people encouraged the Assembly to recommend, read summaries
of presentations given at public hearings held across BC during the
spring. Peruse over 1600 written
submissions posted on our website. You can also follow the
ongoing coverage in the news media.
GET INVOLVED Discuss the Citizens' Assembly with your friends,
schoolmates and family. Hold a model Assembly at your school, using
the Assessing Electoral Systems
Make your opinion known. Write to the media - or your
MLA - about what you think of the work of the Citizens'
FOR THE CLASSROOM
school materials page for links to a variety of
lessons and activities about electoral reform - including a special
lesson aid written about the Assembly.
Get Your Vote
On is a province-wide, non-partisan project that is
focused on getting youth out to vote in the upcoming
British Columbia election. Their message is one
of youth engagement, voter empowerment and issues
education. The project will educate and encourage young people that
their voice matters and that voting is an essential part of being a
Vote operates student elections that parallel
elections held across Canada. It is working to build a habit of
electoral and community participation among young people.
Project Check Your Head is encouraging youth to get
involved in their democracy
Rush the Vote is a
national organization dedicated to increasing youth voter turnout
and political awareness through music and education.
000 project An online petition for young women: “As
one of the 2.5 million young women in Canada between the ages of 18
and 30, I pledge to make my voice heard by excercising my right to
vote in the next federal election.”
YOUCAN (Youth Canada
Association) hosted Ready, Set, Vote in
September 2003 to discuss barriers youth face in the
area of democratic
participation. Get the report online.