Canadian Law and Canadian "Wrongs": Persecuting Minorities
We like to think of Canada as being a leader in human rights. Indeed, over our history, many groups have come to Canada to escape persecution in their own homelands. Many groups have found refuge in Canada. But this is not our full history. Canada has its own history of intolerance and attempts at cultural genocide, including the injustices that have been visited upon Indigenous peoples.
In this section, we focus in particular on how Canadian law has historically been implemented and used to persecute minorities. We examine the use, abuse, and effects that such targeted laws have had on minority groups. Our research topics combine to shed light on the distinguishable trend of law being used to persecute minorities in order to preserve a particular European-Canadian identity.
The subject matter in this section is not presented lightly. We present this material to honour the victims of Canadian law and to prevent us from thinking that the persecution of minorities "couldn't happen here". In fact, such persecution has happened here, and those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. And so we remember...