Museum shares Charter of Rights and Freedoms on 35th anniversary (Canadian Museum for Human Rights)

Canadians call it the most important symbol of national identity –above the maple-leaf flag or even hockey. And today it turns 35 years old. All this week, visitors to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR) can receive their own copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in English, French, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Central Cree, Inuktitut, Mi’kmaq or one of 24 other languages.

The anniversary celebration of this watershed human rights legislation begins today and runs through Sunday, April 23 at the Museum, which is open today to welcome visitors enjoying the Easter long weekend. Museum staff will be available on Level 3 all week to discuss the importance of the Charter, which was signed into law on April 17, 1982 by then-Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Read more about the exhibit here.