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Fundamental Freedoms: The Charter of Rights and Freedoms

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Sailor Jones Media
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 48 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: Online See Link Below

Copyright Date: 2005
Available in French: Yes

In 1982, one of the most important documents in Canadian history was born. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides the framework for the free and democratic society we enjoy today. The Charter's role has evolved and expanded over several decades. As it enters its third decade of existence, can the document withstand the pressures of technology, issues of privacy and the international demands of the 21st century? This documentary examines the history of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the struggle surrounding the ratification of the document and the importance of the Charter in today's multicultural society. The program reviews the evolution of the Charter of Rights and each of its guarantees: the fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, mobility rights, legal rights, equality rights, language rights. Interviews with government officials, educators, the legal community and recent immigrants are featured in the program.

Please note:  The film is available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Cantonese, Punjabi, Cree, and Inuktitut.