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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: The Air India Investigation Post-2005

History, Political Science, Social Studies, Media Studies, Engish Language Arts
2 to 3 lessons
To investigate and report the events that have taken place in the Air India investigation since 2005; to prepare and deliver a multi-media presentation
Using a variety of web-based resources, students will research current information to determine what has happened in the Air India investigation since 2005. They will deliver their information using a multi-media presentation.

Lesson Plan


Since June 2005, various initiatives have occurred to further investigate the Air India crash of June 1985. In particular, former premier Bob Rae completed a report that was "...dedicated to the memory of those who died at the hands of terrorism on June 23, 1985, on board Air India Flight 182, and at Narita Airport, Tokyo, Japan." The mandate of this report was as follows:

The mandate is to provide independent advice to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on whether there are outstanding questions of public interest with respect to the bombing of Air India Flight 182 that can still be answered given the passage of time and sets out the options for addressing any such questions.

The Task

Students will perform research to learn the content of the report and its recommendations. They will present their findings in the form of a multi-media presentation to the class.

The Process

Have students work in pairs to research current information (since June 2005) about the Air India investigation. They will share their work using a multi-media approach. Their research should be Web-based, beginning with the internet sources listed at the bottom of The Air India Investigation topic on the CBC Digital Archives website as well as those listed below.

Student presentations might include some or all of the following:

The names of people and/or groups who have been involved in the Air India investigation since 2005.
A list of the reports and initiatives that have taken place since 2005.
Ways that various people have provided leadership on the issues related to the investigation .
A list of the benefits of further investigating the Air India disaster.
A list of the ways that current investigations impact the families.
A list of the ways that current investigations impact government.
A description of how the investigation has continued.
A description of any obstacles to the investigation.
A description of the current status of the investigation.
A description of the ways that the victims and their families have been formally honoured.
Any other important details.

Students can work together to create a research plan, outline their presentation, and orally present their completed product. Students should cite their sources and support their information with evidence from their research.

Assessment Tip

Teachers, peers, or students can use the rubric on the download sheet The Air India Investigation Post-2005. To support student learning, you might use the rubric and an exemplar as a teaching tool to demonstrate expected levels of performance.


Have students share their presentations and discuss their opinions about how government has followed up on the investigation. Do they believe that every possible effort has been expended? What do they think about the costs of the investigation? How do they think the families might now feel about the current status of the process? As a class, students can write a letter to government to seek information about its current approaches to terrorism.

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