|Video & Kits for Sign Out
Schools in the ALCDSB may borrow any of the materials listed below by contacting the Committee for Social Justice at email@example.com
Normally, the duration of such loans will be two weeks. Items will be sent, and may be returned, via the Board courier unless other arrangements have been made.
Materials have been organized thematically.
1. “No Sweat”/Sweatshops
- Inside Your Threads (VHS - 1 Hour)
Offers an upbeat presentation on sweatshops and the connections to clothing and popular culture (produced by CHUM Television with MuchMusic, 2004). Teacher guide included.
- Made in Canada (VHS - 15 minutes)
Is a revealing and informative documentary about sweatshops in Canada (produced by the CBC, 2004).
- Clean Clothes Campaign
2. Human Rights
- Lives in the Balance (DVD - 1 Hour)
Developed by the Social Affairs Commission of the Ontario Conference of
Catholic Bishops and produced by Salt and Light Television, this video
tackles the issue of affordable housing. Focusing on three different
case studies, the video explores both the obstacles and possible
solutions to increasing the availability of affordable housing in
Ontario. Discussion questions are available by clicking here. If you
would like your own copy of this video, the cost is $17 through the OCCB
Social Affairs Commission (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Children in the Crossfire (VHS - 10 minutes)
Offers a glimpse of the impact of war on children and introduces the viewer to a number of the related issues (e.g. child soldiers, trauma, lack of education) as well as to the efforts of governments, the United Nations and a variety of NGOs to address both the symptoms and the root causes (produced for the government of Canada).
- Cry For Justice (VHS - 40 minutes)
Introduces viewers to Amnesty International’s human rights work (produced by Amnesty International, 2001).
- Water On the Table (DVD - 79 minutes)
A character-driven, social-issue documentary that explores Canada's relationship to its fresh water, arguably its most precious natural resource. The film asks the question: is water a commercial good like running shoes or Coca-Cola? Or, is water a human right like air? A guide is available at www.wateronthetable.com
- Renewing the Sacred Balance (VHS - 15 minutes)
Is an exploration of the relationship between ecology, spirituality and the common thread running through many of the world’s religious traditions (produced by Faith and the Common Ground, 2003). Support materials are available on their web site at http://www.faith-commongood.net/index.asp . A CD compilation of world music related to this is also available.
4. HIV/AIDS Pandemic
- A Closer Walk (DVD - 85 minutes)
Is a documentary examining the HIV/AIDS pandemic across the world and includes interviews with victims as well as with those seeking to address the crisis (produced by Worldwide Documentaries, 2002). Narrated by Will Smith and Glenn Close, copies of this DVD have been generously supplied by the Rotary Club of Belleville for each of the secondary schools in the ALCDSB.
- For a Generation Without AIDS (VHS - 60 minutes)
Is a documentary revealing the faces behind the overwhelming statistics (produced by the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, Anglican Church of Canada, 2004). The stories portrayed offer glimpses not only of the tragedy of HIV/AIDS in Africa but of hope.
- Their Brothers’ Keepers – Orphaned by Aids (DVD - 56 minutes)
This outstanding Canadian production (Green Lion Productions, 2005) offers a vivid exploration of two families in Zambia who are struggling to cope with the ravages of HIV/AIDS. Excerpts from speeches by Stephen Lewis punctuate this informative, yet challenging, documentary. Public performance rights have been purchased for this resource.
5. Social Justice (General) and Poverty
- A Quiet Revolution (VHS - 1 hour)
Is a resource to support education in global issues, sustainable development, social justice and active citizenship (produced by Earth Council in collaboration with United Nations Environment Program and the United Nations Development Program, 2004). It has been designed for use in grades 10, 11 and 12 social science courses. A teacher’s guide and other learning materials are available to download from www.cultivatingpeace.ca .
- Committed to Change (VHS - 14 minutes)
Is a brief introduction to the work of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (produced by CCODP, 2004).
- The Gift of Solidarity (VHS - 10 minutes)
Is a short documentary aimed at highlighting the CCODP Share Lent Campaign (CCODP, 2006).
- The Poor Always Pay Back - The Grameen II Story,
by Asif Dowla and Dipal Barua
ISBN 1-56549-231-5 Kumarian Press, Inc. 2006
This book (291 pages) is an introduction to Grameen II, an improved and
flexible version of the classical Grameen model that is currently used
to financially empower the poorest families in more than a hundred
countries across the globe through savings and loans.
- More Pathways Out of Poverty, Sam Daley-Harris and Anna Awimbo (eds.)
ISBN 1-56549-229-3 Kumarian Press, Inc. 2006
This book (187 pages) explores new and revolutionary practices in
microfinance and illustrates the challenges involved in lifting clients
out of poverty.
- Grameen Bank At A Glance, by Muhammad Yunus
This 50 page booklet provides a concise introduction to the work of the
Grameen Bank and the strategies of micro-credit.
- Poor No More ... There is a way out (DVD) - a film by Deveaux Babin, hosted by Mary Walsh (2010)
There is an associated web site at www.PoorNoMore.ca
6. Other Resources
- Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
This book, prepared by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (2005) organizes thematically the social teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. This is an important and very useful resource for anyone working for justice and peace and who seeks to discover exactly what the Church teaches and in what documents it has been framed.
- Earth Day Kit
This resource was prepared by the Committee for Social Justice in 2005 and features a video (WaterCan) on water as well as a wide variety of classroom ready resources (e.g. activities, prayers, liturgies). The video is only available on the CD, a copy of which has been sent to all schools in the ALCDSB.
- Small Fortunes - Microcredit and the Future of Poverty
This DVD explores the issues of poverty and microcredit as it features
interviews with numerous recipients of small loans in locales ranging
from India to the Philippines to New York City. The documentary tells
the stories of how short-term loans of even a few dollars have resulted
in dramatic changes in lifestyles for families who otherwise would have
no means of lifting themselves our of their poverty. The resource is
supported by the web site selfreliance.byu.edu/action_group Suitable
for secondary school students in Religion, Economics, Business and
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