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Defenders of Free Expression

In Canada, free expression is defended by organizations that do outstanding work and provide crucial services. You can do your part by learning more about them.

Nightmare Visions

The classic books on these pages—all beloved dystopian novels—have seen a recent resurgence in interest, and many have appeared on current bestseller lists. What has captivated readers once again?

Words of Caution

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Should Canadian colleges and universities put warning labels on course content? Debate over such “trigger warnings” has been ongoing in American post-secondary schools, and is a growing concern in Canada.

Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

Too many Indigenous people, especially in remote areas, are unlikely to have access to material that they would like to read. The result is that cultures, traditions and identities are slowly eroding.

Bringing Pride to Classrooms

Education is key to social justice, equity and inclusion: people tend to fear what they do not understand. Schools can play a critical role in combatting prejudice, and they have a responsibility to support all their students—but when LGBTQ issues arise, librarians and educators often face obstacles.

Where to Draw the Line

Editorial cartoonists in Canada occasionally experience censorship and perhaps more often self-censor to avoid getting into trouble with their bosses. But the seriousness of this issue depends on whom you speak to in the profession.

The Language and Stories of Reconciliation

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For generations, Indigenous people and Settler Canadians have been like characters in one another’s stories, but they haven’t done the hard work of building a common story. Instead, the Canadian narrative has typically been one of Indigenous erasure while the Indigenous narrative has been largely one of resistance and survival.