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p. 594. Rightslocked

  • Donald Wright


‘Rights’ looks at the issues Canadians fought for in the 20th-century courts and sometimes in the streets. Francophone rights were met by French-language schools, and women mounted protests in Parliament to gain reproductive rights. Canada was the fourth country to legalize same-sex marriage. Attempts by First Nations people to have their hunting and fishing rights recognized met with mixed results and restrictions on the resources they were trying to access. Fundamental labour rights are protected by charters. While Canada is proud of its record on rights, these rights are the result of years of direct action and legal challenges and owe as much to individuals as to legislation.

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