Taking Liberties: A History of Human Rights in Canada

Hardcover | November 18, 2013

byDavid Goutor, Stephen Heathorn

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Universal human rights are considered to be a fundamental, inalienable aspect of Canadian legal culture, not to mention central to our international positioning. However the reality is that Canada was surprisingly slow to adopt the rights revolution that followed the Second World War, givenconcerns that existing norms and liberties could conflict with these new universal rights. Moreover, even when Canada did sign up, these rights were not all automatically put into practice. Nor, interestingly, did all groups embrace these rights.Human rights, as we know, did become entrenched. There have been challenges to and changes in the legal framework of citizenship in Canada. But this has followed a long process of transformation, and many groups have faced tremendous struggle to get their rights claims recognized. This collectionsheds new lights on the bumpy road toward universal human rights in our diverse and complex country. Topics include sexual rights, children's rights, "race" and multiculturalism, and class. A landmark essay by J.R. Miller explores the rights of Aboriginal peoples from the 1876 Indian Act to therepeal of Section 67 in the Canadian Human Rights Act in 2011. Also considered is the central role of rights activists - often struggling in the face of widespread hostility - to secure protection for their rights. A highly insightful, original foreword by Michael Ignatieff is based on a verywell-received public lecture in response to the chapters written for this volume. New research in the growing new field of human rights history explores the novelty of, the struggle for, and the limitations of, the new rights regime, and its uneven application across Canadian society.

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Universal human rights are considered to be a fundamental, inalienable aspect of Canadian legal culture, not to mention central to our international positioning. However the reality is that Canada was surprisingly slow to adopt the rights revolution that followed the Second World War, givenconcerns that existing norms and liberties cou...

David Goutor is assistant professor in the School of Labour Studies at McMaster University, specializing in labour, immigration, and politics. He is the author of Guarding the Gates: The Canadian Labour Movement and Immigration, 1872-1934 (UBC Press, 2007) and a regular contributor to the Toronto Star. Stephen Heathorn is professor in...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.76 inPublished:November 18, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199004799

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Michael Ignatieff: ForewordStephen Heathorn and David Goutor: Introduction1. James E. St.G. Walker: Decoding the Rights Revolution: Lessons from the Canadian Experience2. Bonny Ibhawoh: Where Do We Begin? Human Rights, Public History, and the Challenge of Conceptualization3. Dominique Clement: The Rights Revolution in Canada and Australia: International Politics, Social Movements, and Domestic Law4. Stephanie Bangarth: "Their Equality Is My Equality": F. Andrew Brewin and Human Rights Activism, 1940s-1970s5. Ruth A. Frager and Carmela Patrias: Transnational Links and Citizens' Rights: Canadian Jewish Human Rights Activists and Their American Allies in the 1940s and 1950s6. Jennifer Tunnicliffe: A Limited Vision: Canadian Participation in the Adoption of the International Covenants on Human Rights7. Dominique Marshall: Children's Rights from Below: Canadian and Transnational Actions, Beliefs, and Discourses, 1900-19898. Miriam Smith: Social Movements and Human Rights: Gender, Sexuality, and the Charter in English-Speaking Canada9. J.R. Miller: Human Rights for Some: First Nations Rights in Twentieth-Century CanadaWilliam Schabas: Afterword: Rights, History, and Turning PointsSelect BibliographyContributorsIndex

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"A path-breaking collection of historical essays." --Michael Ignatieff