Unity, Diversity and Justice

a virtual exhibition from the Diefenbaker Center Canada

National Character

National Character
Senate Chambers, Ottawa.
Senate Chambers, Ottawa.
Canadian Parliament Buildings, Ottawa.
Canadian Parliament Buildings, Ottawa.

The roles that Canada plays today in promoting and protecting human rights has come from a long history of positive and negative experiences. From the time of the Constitution Act, 1867 through to the Charter in 1982, Canadians have had to come to terms with the fact that protecting human rights involves protecting the liberties of groups as well as individuals. This has caused Canadian governments at both the federal and provincial/territorial levels to examine fundamental constitutional arrangements in comparison to the conventional ways that human rights cases have been handled in the past.


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