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Historic injustices and redress in Canada

Overview of the set

This set provides a paired set of briefing sheets on five historic injustices in Canada. For each injustice, one sheet describes the historical context, details of the event and and its significance. The other sheet chronicles the efforts to seek regress for the injustice, the official government response and reactions to the official response.

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Background to Canada's first national internment operations

Response to Canada's first national internment operations

Background to Chinese head tax

Response to Chinese head tax

Background to Japanese internment

Response to Japanese internment

Background to the Komagata Maru incident

Response to the Komagata Maru incident

Background to residential schools

Response to residential schools

Changes to the War Measures Act

Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Context of the World War I internment operations

Overview of the War Measures Act

Reasonable limits on Charter rights