Social Studies


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Social Studies is the study of people in relation to each other and to the world in which they live. In Manitoba, social studies comprises the disciplines of history and geography, draws upon the social sciences, and integrates relevant content from the humanities. As a study of human beings in their physical, social and cultural environments, social studies examines the past and present, and looks toward the future. Social studies helps students acquire the skills, knowledge, and values necessary to become active democratic citizens and contributing members of their communities, locally, nationally, and globally.

What's New

Black History and Anti-racism in Canada

This new resource replaces the previous Black History Month support materials. The histories of Indigenous, Black, and Peoples of Colour are an essential, but often previously neglected, aspect of Canadian history. They are important parts of the Canadian “story.” It gives us insights into and an understanding of how Canadian and North American societies were formed and how they “work” today. As Canadians work and struggle to build a better society, knowing and appreciating the histories of Indigenous, Black, and Peoples of Colour is vital.

Black History and Anti-racism in Canada is intended to support educators in exploring and integrating Black history and anti-racism throughout the curriculum and their schools. While at times Black history in Canada was one of exclusion, and marginalization or racism it is equally important because it is a history of resistance, resiliency, and hope even in the face of impossible odds. Black history is about social justice, freedom, and the love of humanity. Black history inspires us even when we are frustrated by what seem to be the slow and painful steps that progress takes.

Charting New Relationships Black History and Anti-racism in Canada

Grade 12 World of Religions: A Canadian Perspective
This document is an optional multidisciplinary humanities course which provides students with the opportunity to explore diversity of religions and religious perspectives within a Canadian and global context. The intent is to help students develop religious literacy and build interfaith and intercultural understanding.

Canadian High School Ethics Bowl: A Guide for Educators
This document is a guide for Educators on how to organize and run an Ethics Bowl. An Ethics Bowl is both a collaborative and competitive event, where teams of students analyze and discuss ethical dilemmas. They imagine, criticize, and compare bold strategies, and may even amend their original positions when faced with convincing arguments. Students have opportunities to pose and respond to probing questions, which results in a deepening awareness of the stakes and principles that animate the discussion.

Proclamation for Peace Days (Adobe PDF 112 KB)

Grade 12 Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability (40S)
The Grade 12 Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability course provides a lens of ecological literacy through which students can study and understand the complex and often critical global issues that societies face today.

Grade 12 Canadian Law: Manitoba Curriculum Framework (40S)
The Grade 12 Canadian Law curriculum presents students with the major components of Canadian law, beginning with the foundations of law, followed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, criminal law, civil law and family law. The course also gives students the opportunity to explore a topic of their choice through inquiry of one of the following options: international law, human rights law, youth and the law, labour law, and environmental law.

Grade 11 History of Canada: A Foundation for Implementation (30F)
This is a mandatory course for Grade 11. The curriculum supports citizenship as a core concept and engages students in historical inquiry. Guided by essential questions, students focus on the history of Canada from pre-contact times to the present.