Human Rights Milestones

From recognizing LGBTQ2I+ rights to creating a more accessible Canada, learn more about the human rights milestones that impact Canadians every single day.

Pay Equity law brought into force
2021

Pay Equity law brought into force

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Truth and Reconciliation day
2021

A day of reflection and commemoration

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Victory for protection from genetic discrimination
2020

Victory for protection from genetic discrimination

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International Equal Pay Day
2020

International Equal Pay Day

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The rights of Indigenous children
2019

The rights of Indigenous children

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Housing is a human right
2019

Housing is a human right

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A barrier-free Canada
2019

A barrier-free Canada

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Calls for justice for Indigenous women and girls
2019

Calls for justice for Indigenous women and girls

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Supreme Court affirms the rights of LGBTG2I law students across Canada
2018

Supreme Court affirms the rights of LGBTG2I law students across Canada

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Supreme Court affirms the rights of Indigenous offenders in federal corrections
2018

Supreme Court affirms the rights of Indigenous offenders in federal corrections

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Equal pay for work of equal value
2018

Equal pay for work of equal value

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Protecting your genetic information
2017

Protecting your genetic information

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Honouring Indigenous women and girls
2016

Honouring Indigenous women and girls

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Truth and Reconciliation
2015

Truth and Reconciliation

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2010

Voting Should Be Easy for Everyone

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2010

The Rights of First Peoples Should Not Come Last

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2008

Human Rights for Everyone Means Everyone

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2007

Human Rights for People with Disabilities

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2007

The Rights of the Working Mother

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2000

Updating Canadian Television

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A diverse group of business people gather around a laptop in a modern office and discuss what they see.
1999

If You Do the Same Work, You Should Get the Same Pay

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1997

Making Equality Visible

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1996

Canada’s Banks Changed for the Better

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1993

Expecting Mothers Can Expect Equality

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Gay Rights Written into Canadian Law
1992

Gay Rights Written into Canadian Law

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CAPTION: Staff Sergeant Baltej Singh Dhillon, RCMP CREDIT: Darpan Magazine
1990

Following Religious Practices While Enforcing the Law

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1989

Recognizing HIV as a Disability

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CAPTION: Since Private Heather R. Erxleben became the first woman to serve in a combat role in 1989, other women like Corporal Venessa Larter (seen here) have gone on to do the same. CREDIT: Sergeant Carole Morissette, forces.gc.ca
1989

Equal Rights for Men and Women in Combat

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1982

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

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1977

The Canadian Human Rights Act - Everyday People Making Canada Better

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1960

Prime Minister Diefenbaker signs the Canadian Bill of Rights

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1948

World leaders adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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