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Canada recognizes and upholds the rights and freedoms of every resident and citizen. This section has links to information about laws, charters, and other measures that protect your rights and freedoms in order for you to live up to your fullest potential.


Quick Facts

  • Historically, Canada has been regarded as a pioneer in the field of human rights.
  • According to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, human rights define what we are all entitled to — a life of equality, dignity, and respect.
  • The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first new national museum that is situated outside of Canada’s Capital Region.

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Newest Rights and Freedoms Articles

The Census: What it is and why you need to be counted

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Every five years, Canada holds a census. It is done to provide a “statistical portrait” of the country and its… Read more »

Census basics and safety tips

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So you received mail from Statistics Canada asking you to fill out a questionnaire. And you’re wondering: I’m not a… Read more »

What is cultural appropriation? And why is blackface wrong?

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Halloween is one of the few occasions when we are allowed to go overboard with costumes and other paraphernalia. It’s… Read more »

Can I practice my religion in Manitoba?

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Yes, freedom of religion is a fundamental right in Canada. This is outlined in Human Rights Code of Manitoba and… Read more »

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Spotlight on Gender Diversity. What does it have to do with you?

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Just as Canada welcomes ethnic diversity and multiculturalism, it also upholds gender diversity. Many times, when gender diversity is mentioned,… Read more »

Diversity in Manitoba: Many cultures, one neighbourhood

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Manitoba is known as a melting pot of many cultures. In fact, it has always been a multicultural society from… Read more »

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Diversity in Manitoba

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Course Description Diversity in Manitoba is a 4-week course. You will learn about multiculturalism and diversity in our province. This… Read more »

Idiom Set: Multiculturalism

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In this idioms set you’ll find Canadian idioms relating to multiculturalism. Click on each lesson for cool infographics, quizzes, and… Read more »

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