Canada's Constitutional Crisis – A Simulation

In this 10-15 hour simulation, students are delegates to a contemporary constitutional conference. They must develop, negotiate, revise, and ultimately decide whether or not to support proposed amendments to Canada’s constitution. Although the constitutional issues can be modified, the prepared materials focus on four topics:

  • cultural diversity and equity
  • language protection
  • aboriginal rights
  • Federal/provincial power sharing

Parliament in Session - A Simulation

In this 8-10 hour simulation, students assume the role of legislators attempting to secure or defeat passage of seven pieces of legislation through the parliament of a fictional country. Students experience the behind-the-scenes operations of a legislative assembly as they defend or attack proposed bills, negotiate compromises and test party allegiances.

Re-enacting Confederation - A Simulation

This 8-13 hour simulation, which draws students into the complexities and compromises facing the fathers of confederation, can be used as a cornerstone of a unit of study on this period in Canadian history. As representatives of a British North American colony at a hypothetical 1864 Ottawa Conference, students decide whether or not to join in confederation under the conditions outlined in a draft British North America Act, which they have helped negotiate.

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