Welcome to the Human Rights in Canada: A Historical Perspective website on the evolution of human rights in 20th Century Canada.
On these pages you'll explore the key court cases* and laws that have shaped human rights in our country since 1900.
Our tour is divided into 4 distinct periods:
Select a Time Portal to start your voyage. You can also access these chronological milestones by subject by clicking on the links provided on the side bar to the right.
Like any great story, the past 100 years of human rights is filled with highs and lows, big surprises and unexpected twists. To tell that fascinating story, the Department of Justice Canada has put together an impressive array of historical background material, case studies, cross references and anecdotal information. We trust you will find this site both instructive and entertaining.
*The court cases featured on this site have been reproduced in the original language of their delivery, since prior to the Government of Canada's Official Bilingualism Act, enacted in 1969, official court transcripts were not translated.
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