Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms forms the first part of the Constitution Act, 1982. Here are some protections that the Charter guarantees:

  • freedom of religion, of thought, of expression, of the press and of peaceful assembly
  • the right to participate in political activities and the right to a democratic government
  • the freedom to move around and live within Canada, and to leave Canada
  • legal rights such as the right to life, liberty and security
  • equality rights
  • language rights
CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS

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Department of Canadian Heritage

1 the Canadian coat of arms

2 the flag of Canada

3 the Parliament Buildings (Centre Block)

4 signature of the Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau (Prime Minister in 1982)

TALK ABOUT IT

What rights are most important to you and to your family and friends? Although most human rights are protected in Canada, sometimes citizens challenge the Charter’s interpretation of these rights. Look in the newspaper. Can you find stories about these challenges?

WORD BUILDER — Look closely at this word:

FREEDOM

The word divides into two – free and dom.

The word free comes from the old German frei (meaning beloved) and the Sanskrit priyah (beloved);
-dom is sometimes added to the end of a word to make it a noun (wisdom, kingdom). What other words contain the word free?