The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Edukit on the Role

Edukit on the role of the governor general of Canada
Canada is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Canada’s sovereign and head of State. The governor general is The Queen’s representative in Canada.

Lesson objective
This educational kit contains activities designed to develop students’ research, oral presentation and questioning skills. The lesson objective is to teach them that the governor general’s role is an integral part of Canada’s system of government. Appreciating the scope of this role will help them to understand better how our parliamentary democracy works.

Links with curricula across Canada
This lesson is designed to enrich the teaching of Canada’s system of government and to support curricula in the social sciences, civics, geography, history, Canadian studies and political science.

Target groups
The lesson activities are designed for high school students but can be adapted for students in grades 5 and 6.

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Documents to download

Lesson plan: The Role of the Governor General Today (PDF)
The lesson plan offers four different activities, which you can choose to complete in whole or in part, depending on the needs of your course. Each activity comes with an activity sheet for the students (below).

Activity sheet 1: Defining Canada’s System of Government (PDF)
Activity sheet 2: Who Does What? (PDF)
Activity sheet 3: “Today, the Governor General . . . ” (PDF)
Activity sheet 4: Governors General Past and Present (PDF)

Date modified: August 21, 2015