Grades 5 to 8

Contest Question | What role can I play in our democracy?

Defining Democracy

There is no single definition of democracy. It is a complex term that may be interpreted differently in different contexts. The following definition from the Canadian Library of Parliament may be a helpful starting point for students in Grades 5 to 8.

The word democracy describes a political system. In a democratic country, all eligible citizens have the right to participate, either directly or indirectly, in making the decisions that affect them. Canadian citizens normally elect someone to represent them in making decisions at the different levels of government. This is called representative democracy.

Curricular Connections

Big Ideas

  • Canadian institutions and government reflect the challenge of our regional diversity (Grade 5)
  • Media sources can both positively and negatively affect our understanding of important events and issues (Grade 6)
  • Increasingly complex societies required new systems of laws and government (Grade 7)