Samara in the Classroom

Samara's goal is to encourage political activity.

We are currently developing teacher support materials, based on our own work and the work of other organizations, to help teach young people how they can engage meaningfully with democracy.

If you can offer advice or recommendations on how to support teaching responsible citizenship--or if you'd like suggestions on how to use Samara's work in your classroom--please contact Kendall Anderson.

For educators

MP Exit Interview reports have already been used in introduction to Canadian politics courses in Canadian universities, as the MPs’ narratives help bring to life many of the concepts covered in class. You can download and distribute them free of charge (just drop us an email so we can record your school’s interest).

You can also download and use the Educator's Guide, which offers discussion questions as well as activities based on the Member of Parliament Exit Interviews.

The reports can be assigned as reading for students in high school or above.

For high school and elementary teachers

In association with Historica Canada, Samara has developed its first curriculum support materials, based on the MP Exit Interview reports, for use in high school classes. “Representing You: Members of Parliament On the Job” teaches students about the backgrounds and paths to politics of the MPs we interviewed, and what they thought about the job.

If you are a middle-school or high-school teacher, we invite you to download a copy of Samara’s booklet for free in English or French, and share it with your students and colleagues. Reading and discussing the contents could be a good way to introduce your students to the background of a visiting leader. 

If you do, we would love for you to let us know so that we can keep you up to date on our other civics projects and learning materials. Just contact us at info[@]samaracanada.com.

If you wish, you can also visit our Get Involved section to become a Teacher Advisor.

For undergraduate students

Political science students specializing in Canadian politics can source the reports for papers. As well, our blog curates the latest writing on political life and offers original research on subjects such as voter apathy, voter turnout, Question Period, MPs pre-Parliamentary jobs and more.

Below are a few of the other subjects you’ll find covered in the reports and on the blog:

  • Backgrounds of Canadian Members of Parliament
  • Demographics of Parliament
  • How MPs’ describe their roles, and how they spend their time in Ottawa
  • MPs’ relationships with their political parties
  • How MPs relate to their constituents and work in the ridings
  • MPs’ advice, and what MPs say needs to change in Parliament
  • MPs’ thoughts on where they do their most important work

Also, use the search function in the top right-hand corner to see if we've done research in the area you're studying. Please contact us if we can provide any further information.

For Masters, PhD or post-grad students

All of the transcripts from the MP exit interviews are available for use in academic research. Already the reports and interviews have been used by PhD students and cited in academic papers. The original transcripts and MP3 audio will be archived in the Library of Parliament, but in the meantime, if you wish to access them, just contact us and we'll help you out.

  • April 18, 2014

    Weekly Fill(ibuster): Tragedy in the Commons edition

    It's been a busy week with the launch of our book "Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada's Failing Democracy." Today we take over the Weekly Fill(ibuster) to share some of the great news coverage around its release.
  • April 16, 2014

    Samara heads west!

    We're really excited to be heading to Alberta and British Columbia on the next leg of our book tour. Read more about our upcoming events!
  • April 16, 2014

    How’d you get that job? Samara talks to the President of the NDP

    Rebecca Blaikie has worked for many years on a side of politics that doesn't always make the news. She currently serves as the member-elected President of the NDP and previously served as the party's Treasurer and the Executive Director of their Quebec wing. Find out how she got those behind-the-scenes political jobs and the steps she thinks it takes to get there.
  • April 15, 2014

    "Tragedy in the Commons" is in bookstores near you!

    The long awaited book is here! "Tragedy in the Commons" is now available to purchase in bookstores across the country. Read more it, attend a book event, watch our book trailer (yes, a trailer!) and check out the infographic about the MPs interviewed.