Resources for research on human rights in Canada. See also the News section as well as Further Reading on this site.
Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre.
American Civil Liberties Union.
British Columbia Civil Liberties Association.
British Columbia Human Rights Clinic.
Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
Human Rights Research and Education Centre.
John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights.
Liberty (United Kingdom).
Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties.
Canada’s Human Rights Commitments
Canadian Century Research Infrastructure (Census): The CCRI is a pan-Canadian, multi-disciplinary, and multi-institutional effort to develop a set of interrelated databases centred on data from the 1911, 1921, 1931, 1941, and 1951 Canadian censuses. The result will be a new foundation for the study of social, economic, cultural, and political change.
Canadian Committee on Labour History.
Canadian Committee on Women’s History: A bibliography of publications on women’s history.
Canadian Families Project: The project team is studying families in Canada and has completed a national sample of the 1901 census of Canada.
Canadian Legal Information Institute: A database of statutes, regulations, and case law in Canada.
Dictionary of Canadian Biography: A database containing biographical information on thousands of individuals who died before 1930.
Early Canadiana: A general resource for primary documents.
Gallup Polls, Carleton University.
The Globe and Mail: A searchable database for each issue of the Toronto Globe and Mail. Please visit your university or public library catalogue to access this database.
Herbert Norman Digital Archive
Historical Statistics of Canada
Legal Information Institute (United States): A rich database of statutes and case law for all levels of government in the United States.
Library and Archives Canada: Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has one of the best online collections of primary documents and exhibits on Canadian history. Some of the most prominent resources include
- Cabinet Conclusions (summaries and verbatim minutes of federal government cabinet meetings).
- Immigration Records (names and reference data on people who arrived in Canada between 1865 and 1935).
- Mackenzie King Diaries (Mackenzie King was Canada’s longest-serving prime minister – you can access his entire diary).
- Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences, 1949-51 (Massey Commission, full text).
Primary Documents in Canadian History
Simon Fraser Editorial Cartoon Collection
Supreme Court of Canada: Decisions are available online, as well as biographical data on Supreme Court of Canada justices, past and present.
Digital Museums Canada: Exhibits on Canadian history, society, culture, science, and technology.
Great Unsolved Mysteries of Canadian History.
Famous 5: Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Palby, and Nellie McClung.
United Nations Human Rights Treaties
Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Encyclopedia of British Columbia
Australian Journal of Human Rights.
Buffalo Human Rights Law Review.
Canadian Journal of Human Rights.
Columbia Human Rights Law Review.
Human Rights and Human Welfare.
Human Rights Digest (Canadian Human Rights Reporter).
Human Rights Watch World Report
International Journal of Human Rights
Journal of Civil and Human Rights
Journal of Human Rights in the Commonwealth.
Journal of Human Rights Practice.
JSTOR: Database of articles, books, reviews, and many other research tools. Individuals who are affiliated with a university or college can access these resources for free through their library’s website.
Érudit: Another major database for accessing electronic journals, Érudit is the best portal for accessing French-language journals, although it has many others, including the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association.
Acadiensis (History of the Atlantic Region).
American Review of Canadian Studies.
Atlantis (Women’s Studies Journal).
Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Canadian Journal of Law and Society.
Canadian Journal of Political Science.
Canadian Journal of Sociology.
Canadian Journal of Women and the Law.
Canadian Review of American Studies.
Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology.
Histoire sociale – Social History.
Historical Studies in Education.
International Journal of Canadian Studies.
International Journal of Maritime History.
International Review of Social History.
Journal of Historical Sociology.
Journal of the Canadian Historical Association.
Journal of the History of Sexuality.
The readings lists available on this site deal with a range of topics from human rights to biographies and specific events.
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A history of state funding for nonprofits in Canada including a searchable database of grants from Canadian governments to organizations. Click here.