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Protest on Parliament Hill, 1970 | Copyright Dominique Clément / Clément Consulting

Documents relating to Canadian human rights and civil liberties groups that were active from the 1930s to the 1980s.

Civil liberties and human rights organizations are dedicated to realizing the aspirations of the modern human rights movement. Unlike groups representing specific constituencies (e.g., women or minorities), “rights associations” are self-identified ‘civil liberties’ or ‘human rights’ groups (e.g., Alberta Human Rights Association or the Nova Scotia Civil Liberties Association). Rights associations seek to defend the rights of all citizens. Each one is fervently non-partisan; the preservation of human rights, and not political power, is their goal. Only a handful of rights associations had been active in Canada before 1960. However, by the 1970s, more than forty rights associations had emerged, at least one in each province. The following documents are related to the activities of rights associations since the 1930s.

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Canadian Civil Liberties Association - Position Papers

Canadian Civil Liberties Association - Position Papers

The following collection of position papers were produced by...
Gouzenko

Gouzenko

Documents relating to the defection of Igor Gouzenko, the RCMP...
Human Rights Activism

Human Rights Activism

Documents relating to Canadian human rights and civil liberties...
Human Rights in International Treaties

Human Rights in International Treaties

A list of international human rights treaties, including a list...
Human Rights Law

Human Rights Law

Landmark court cases in Canada’s human rights history, including early hu...
Jewish Labour Committee

Jewish Labour Committee

Few social movement organizations can equal the impact of the...
October Crisis

October Crisis

Documents regarding the federal government’s use of the War M...
Special Joint Committee on the Constitution

Special Joint Committee on the Constitution

The Special Joint Committee on the Constitution (1980-81) solicited...
Statutes and Declarations

Statutes and Declarations

Major federal and provincial human rights statutes and international...