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Charter
Rights

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects fundamental rights and freedoms of all Canadians from breaches by the federal, provincial, and territorial governments. The protections are broad, ranging from freedom of expression and the right to vote, through equality rights, to protection from arbitrary arrest or being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.

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Aboriginal
Rights

The Constitution Act, 1982 explicitly recognizes and affirms existing Aboriginal and treaty rights applying to the Indian, Inuit and Metis peoples of Canada.  Aboriginal rights include traditional cultural practices and activities as well as territorial interests.

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Canada’s
Democracy

Canada is organized as a constitutional democracy, with the Constitution being the supreme law of the country, allocating law-making powers between democratically elected governments at the federal and provincial levels.

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Federalism

Canada is organized as a constitutional democracy, with the Constitution being the supreme law of the country, allocating law-making powers between democratically elected governments at the federal and provincial levels.

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Constitution

Canada is organized as a constitutional democracy, with the Constitution being the supreme law of the country, allocating law-making powers between democratically elected governments at the federal and provincial levels.

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The Centre
For constitutional studies

The Centre for Constitutional Studies is a hub for constitutional research and public education in Canada. It connects leading Canadian and international scholars, contributes to constitutional debate, and creates resources that educate the public about the Constitution.

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