OTTAWA (ON), April 17, 2022 /CNW/ – This year we mark the 40and anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. On April 17, 1982Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the Constitution Act 1982who repatriated the Constitution of Canada. It is one of our country’s greatest achievements.

For the first time in the history of our country, our rights and freedoms have been enshrined in our constitution. The charter was embedded in the very fabric of our society, the underlying building blocks of our country.

It described, among other things, our guaranteed rights related to official languages, democracy, equality and multiculturalism, as well as our legal rights to life, liberty and personal security.

Section 25 of the Charter, along with section 35 of the Constitution Act 1982, has also clarified, recognized and protected the rights of indigenous peoples, in particular with regard to the preservation of their culture, customs, traditions and languages. This legal recognition is an essential element of reconciliation.

But the job did not end 40 years ago. We are always striving, all of us, to create a truly equal country, a country where diverse communities are treated with respect and understanding. Where we all have the same chances of success. Where we can all contribute to reconciliation, which is not a single piece of legislation, nor a commitment with an end date.

As we celebrate this important anniversary, let us reaffirm our commitment to take action and work together to create a more inclusive society and world, whatever challenges we may face.

Mary Simon

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