Human Rights Law
There is also a detailed discussion on the impact of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on Canadian law.
To learn more about the history of human rights in Canada, visit the main events page. For information about individuals and organizations in the human rights movement, visit the section on biographies and social movement organizations. Visit this website’s sections on the Gouzenko Affair and the October Crisis of 1970 to learn more about two of the most controversial moments in Canadian human rights history.
In addition, there are lists of human rights historians in Canada as well as recent publications. The database in the archives section contains all the primary documents on this site. It is a portal to a vast array of original materials, including statutes and laws, documents produced by social movements, briefs presented to the constitutional committee (which led to the patriation of the Constitution), and more. Another section, further reading, is a comprehensive list of books and articles on human rights history. The links section includes sites for historical research, history portals that are similar to this site, a list of human rights organizations, and more.
The Further Reading link on the right will bring you to a comprehensive list of readings on this topic. For some initial readings, see:
Clément, Dominique. Equality Deferred: Sex Discrimination and British Columbia’s Human Rights State, 1953-84. Vancouver: UBC Press/Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2014.
Eliadis, Pearl. Speaking Out on Human Rights: Debating Canada’s Human Rights System. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014.
Howe, R. Brian, and David Johnson. Restraining Equality: Human Rights Commissions in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.
To learn more about the role of the CPR Order of Sleeping Car Porters in the creation of early anti-discrimination legislation, see:
Foster, Cecil. They Call me George: The Untold Story of the Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada. Windsor: Biblioasis, 2019.
Lambertson, Ross. “The Dresden Story: Racism, Human Rights, and the Jewish Labour Committee of Canada.” Labour/Le Travail 47 (2001): 43-82.
Mathieu, Sarah-Jane. North of the Color Line: Migration and Black Resistance in Canada, 1870-1955. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.
The readings lists available on this site deal with a range of topics from human rights to biographies and specific events.