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List of Non-Governmental Organizations with Teacher Resources


Global Justice



Oxfam Canada works with partner organizations in developing countries; tackling the root causes of poverty and inequity and helping people to create self-reliant and sustainable communities.

The Oxfam website provides full lesson plans on No Sweat and the Industrial revolution, as well as a wide variety of presentation material on current events

War Child Canada

www.warchild.ca / www.getloud.ca

War Child’s mission is to empower children and young people to flourish within their communities and overcome the challenges of living with, and recovering from, conflict.  To achieve this, War Child works collaboratively with those communities to:

-Increase access to education, especially for girls and young women.

-Overcome the obstacles of poverty and economic marginalization.

-Create a protective environment for the rights of children and youth.


Getloud, Warchild’s education website, provides 21 full lesson plans ranging from understanding media to HIV/AIDS to the ICC. They also provide teacher’s manuals, study guides and a resource for current issues. They also make explicit connections to the curriculum documents.

World Vision


World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice

World Vision provides a large collection of resources on famine and nutrition, child protection, education and water. It includes videos, stories, blogs and activities that can be used in class.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation


The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) works with community-level organizations which are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2003, we have funded over 700 initiatives, partnering with 300 community-based organizations in the 15 African countries hardest hit by the pandemic.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation website provides a collection of resources specifically designed for the Ontario Curriculum on AIDS / HIV. They also have connections to the OSSTF. They also provide volunteer opportunities in Toronto.



UNICEF is the world’s leading child-focused humanitarian and development agency. Through innovative programs and advocacy work, we secure children’s rights in virtually every country. Our global reach, unparalleled influence on policymakers, and diverse partnerships make us an instrumental force in shaping a world fit for children.

UNICEF provides a range of resources on Parenting, Media, AID/HIV and Human rights with full lesson plans and videos. They also have resources on Youth Engagement and National Child day.


St. Stephen's House


St. Stephen's works with individuals and communities in downtown west Toronto to identify, prevent and alleviate social and economic problems by creating and providing a range of effective and innovative programs.

St. Steven’s provides volunteer opportunities working with youth, new immigrants and promoting social justice in Toronto.

Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives


The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives website provides a database of videos and interactive tools on current policy issues with a focus on economic issues.




AMENO is a network of diverse educators, community members and parents in Ontario who are active in Antiracist Education. We work to eliminate broad-based and systemic biases, and to replace barriers with acceptance and inclusion for every individual.

Ameno provides teaching resources race issues for African History Month, Asian Heritage Month, and Ant-racist education.

Harmony Movement


Harmony Movement provides interactive diversity education programs that empower and inspire youth, educators and those in the social service sector to develop an equity lens, empathy, respect, and leadership skills as leaders for social change. It encourages critical thinking, courageous conversations and strategy building to address and take action against stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, racism and other forms of oppression.

The Harmony Movement provides workshops on Diversity and Equity, Gender, Media, Cultural Competency in the Classroom and more. Currently a resource page is under development.


The David Suzuki Foundation


The David Suzuki Foundation works with government, business and individuals to conserve the environment by providing science-based education, advocacy and policy work, and acting as a catalyst for the social change that today's situation demands.

The David Suzuki Foundation website provides information on environmental issues affecting our planet, including Climate Change, Health, Ocean Life, Habitats and Freshwater. It also offers ideas for what students can do to improve the environment.

Ontario Ecoschools


Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program for grades K-12 that helps school communities develop both ecological literacy and environmental practices to become environmentally responsible citizens and reduce the ecological footprint of schools.

Ecoschools provides a wide range of environmental awareness material including program guides, curriculum resources and certification as an ecoschool.



Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organisation which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace's goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.

Greenpeace has an assortment of pages on the climate, forests, GMOs and oceans. They also maintain an assortment of blogs dealing with those issues.


The Jane Goodall Institute


The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada supports wildlife research, education and conservation. The Institute promotes informed and compassionate action to improve the environment shared by all Earth's living creatures.

The Jane Goodall Institute provides information on Chimpanzees including biology, ecology, and conservation. They also have a program called Roots and Shoots for engaging youth in chimpanzee preservation. 

Green Teacher Magazine


Green Teacher is a magazine that helps youth educators enhance environmental and global education inside and outside of schools.

Green Teacher Magazine provides free sample copies of their magazine with kits, games and resources for teachers. They also have an online searchable database of articles for teachers. They also have a series of books which can be ordered.

 Global Health

Doctors Without Borders


Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in nearly 70 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

Doctors without Borders provides five lesson plans on the lives of displaced persons, and other educational resources for teachers and students. They also offer internships and volunteer opportunities.

Canadian Red Cross


The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

The Red Cross provides resources on disaster preparedness, aftermath, humanitarianism and violence and disease prevention. They also offer a volunteer opportunities across Ontario.

Food Security

The Stop


The Stop strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community and challenges inequality.

The Stop provides volunteer opportunities and after school programs on how to grow, cook and select healthy foods.

Food Share


Food Share is committed to providing fresh and healthy food and food security to the GTA. It promotes Food as a Human Right required to all human beings beyond the market system.

Food Share has learning center page with a food security toolbox, newsletters, resource library, manuals and links.

Human Rights

Amnesty International


Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights.

Amnesty International provides a range of news articles on worldwide Human Rights issues. They also have a Youth Action section that can help students set up a club or group devoted to promoting Human Rights.

Human Rights Watch


Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, it gives voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Their rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse.

Human Rights Watch provides articles and resources on current events including opinion pieces, videos and reports. They also provide volunteer and internship opportunities around the world.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association


Since 1964, CCLA has passionately defended the fundamental human rights and civil liberties of all Canadians through:
- Public Education
- Litigation
- Citizen’s Engagement
- Monitoring and Research

The CCLA provides a range of resources on the charter and rights issues. Their website includes newsletters on current issues, law, democracy and the Charter project.

Right to Play


Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. It was founded in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur. Through sports and games, we help children build essential life skills and better futures, while driving social change in their communities with lasting impact.

Right to Play has some resources on their activities in other countries. They also have a collection of resource manuals that can help in the classroom.

No one is Illegal


No One Is Illegal groups struggle on the streets for migrant justice across North America against repressive and racist immigration controls.

No one is illegal provides blog post and videos on immigrant rights issues and anti-racists education.

The Centre for Social Justice


The Centre for Social Justice is committed to the democratic values of equality, justice and respect for marginalized populations. Their work incorporates two essential elements: firstly, research and the production of informational materials on social justice issues, and secondly, the struggle for a politics of transformation through education and the dissemination of our reports and studies.

The CJS website has a range of resources from city politics to economic inequality to gender inequality. Some cost money but many are downloadable. They also have fact sheets that can be useful in class.

The Council of Canadians


Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.

The Council of Canadians offers a collection of resources on energy, food, water and health care. These include both written and video material that can be integrated into any class dealing with these topics.

Leave out Violence (LOVE)


LOVE (Leave Out Violence) is an award-winning youth violence prevention organization.

LOVE was founded on the belief that youth challenged by violence can be agents of change, capable of transforming their own lives, investing themselves in their communities, and making the world a safer place.

LOVE provides programs for youth including media arts, leadership, and violence prevention. They also maintain a blog with current events and relevant videos.

Women’s Rights

White Ribbon Campaign


The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women (VAW). In over fifty-five countries, campaigns are led by both men and women, even though the focus is on educating men and boys. In some countries it is a general public education effort focused on ending violence against women.

The White Ribbon Campaign provides resources for middle and secondary levels with activities that can help promote gender equality in the classroom.



METRAC works to prevent and eliminate violence against diverse women, youth and children. We are committed to the right of women, youth and children to live free of violence and the threat of violence.

METRAC provides a range of emergency resources, legal information, research and training manuals. It also includes games for ages 8-15 that promote healthy relationships.

Labour Rights

Canadian Labour Congress


The Canadian Labour Congress is the largest democratic and popular organization in Canada with 3.3 million members. The Canadian Labour Congress brings together Canada's national and international unions, the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils.

The Canadian Labour Congress provides a detailed guide and collection of videos on labour relations and bargaining.

The Maquila Solidarity Network


The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) is a labour and women's rights organization that supports the efforts of workers in global supply chains to win improved wages and working conditions and a better quality of life.

The MSN provides a collection of articles on current social justice and women’s rights issues from across the world that can be integrated into any class to give it a global perspective.

Fairtrade Canada


Fairtrade Canada is a national, nonprofit Fair Trade certification organization, and the only Canadian member of the Fairtrade International (FLO). 

Fairtrade Canada’s Website provides news and editorials on worker rights and fair trade issues that can be used in the classroom.


Bullying Awareness: Reclaiming Our Schools


Bullying Awareness: Reclaiming Our Schools is a comprehensive teacher and support staff resource, a social justice awareness campaign and series of professional development workshops, was created in response to the Ontario Ministry of Education 2005 Action Plan, and in anticipation of the February 2010 amendment to the Education Act, as a means of educating people on the reality of the often long-term adverse effects of bullying on our students and families, schools, and the greater community. 

Bullying Awareness: Reclaiming Our Schools provides resources on building community and preventing bullying in the school. The website includes comprehensive manuals for each of the topics as well as links to other helpful resources and books.

Developing A Global Perspective For Educators


Developing A Global Perspective For Educators (DGPE) is a University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education organization that seeks to build on partnerships with local schools, community leaders, and NGOs. Their teacher education program encourages the development of critically reflective professionals who personify an ethic of caring, knowledge and commitment to issues of diversity and equity through education.

(Like Sp3 at University of Ottawa)

DGPE provides a collection of resources including lesson and unit plans, resource websites, tips for teaching and videos.

Classroom Connections


Classroom Connections is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving learning opportunities, experiences and outcomes for Canadian youth. Since 1997, we have created award-winning educational programming for schools, parents and community groups across the country.

Classroom Connections has guides on diversity issues and community building for both primary and secondary levels. They also have CD audio versions that can be ordered

Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF)


OSSTF is the union that represents high school teachers and staff in Ontario High schools.

The OSSTF has a large searchable database of resources on issues from educational activism to gender equality to cyber safety.
-Common Threads: Globalization, HIV/AIDS, Water, Food Security
-Socially Based Curriculum Units (For most subject and grade levels)

TDSB Equity


The Toronto District School Board values the contribution of all members of our diverse community of students, staff, parents, and community groups to our mission and goals. We believe that equity of opportunity, and equity of access to our programs, services, and resources are critical to the achievement of successful outcomes for all those whom we serve, and for those who serve our school system.

TDSB Equity has a range of resources on Aboriginal Education, gender equity, multicultural education and inclusive curriculum. The website includes facts and statistics as well as, written and video material.


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