Key events that shaped the evolution of human rights in Canada.

Timeline created by Pat1337
  • Confederation

    Confederation
    Creation of 4 provinces in the Dominion of Canada (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. According to some political historians such as Janet Ajzenstat, the Confederation had the desire to protect individual rights (John Locke's ideology).
  • Indian Act

    Indian Act
    Defines who is an 'Indian' and gives certain rights to Aboriginals. *Don't know the exact date, it was in 1876*
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Global definition of Human Rights.
  • Canadian Bill of Rights

    Canadian Bill of Rights
    Freedom of speech in Canada and freedom of religion. The right to counsel, some equality rights, the right of life, liberty, security of the person and rights to fundamental justice. It was known to be ineffective and it led to the 1982 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom.
  • Official Language Act

    Official Language Act
    Rights to bilingual (French and English ) services in federal institutions.
  • Canadian Human Rights Act

    Canadian Human Rights Act
    Provides equal opportunities (sex, disability, religion, etc.) *Don't know the exact date, but it was in 1977*
  • Charter of the French Language (Bill 101 in Quebec)

    Charter of the French Language (Bill 101 in Quebec)
    Defining French as the official Quebec language (with various language rights).
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom

    Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom
    Fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, mobility rights, legal rights, equality rights, language rights, minority language education rights (for a more complete list, follow the link).
  • Employment Equity Act

    Employment Equity Act
    Employers have to follow employment practices (treating them the same way) to four groups: Women, Aboriginals, disabled people and minority groups. *Don't know the exact date, it was in 1995*
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    From the Confederation to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom of 1982.

    From the Confederation to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom of 1982.