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The following sections explore key moments in the history of human rights in Canada.

Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The history of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms begins with several Parliamentary committees in the 1940s and 1950s that investigated...

Gouzenko Affair

The Cold War began with the defection of Igor Gouzenko in 1945 and revelations surrounding a Soviet spy ring operating in Canada. The...

Human Rights Activism

A brief history of human rights activism in Canada, as well as the origins of the first human rights and civil liberties associations. "Rights ...

Human Rights in Foreign Policy

Canada accepted some minor international human rights obligations in the first half of the twentieth century: Canadians attended the...

Human Rights Law

A brief history of discrimination and human rights law in Canada. In 1948, Maclean’s magazine published an article based on a t...

October Crisis

The October Crisis began with the kidnappings of James Cross and Pierre Laporte by the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) in October 1...

The readings lists available on this site deal with a range of topics from human rights to biographies and specific events.