2024 — Anniversaries of significance in Canada

25th anniversary of the creation of Nunavut

Nunavut, the largest and northernmost territory, officially separated from the Northwest Territories on April 1, 1999, via the Nunavut Act, providing a territory to the Inuit for independent government.

25th anniversary of the coming into force of the Ottawa Treaty banning landmines

The Ottawa Treaty was signed in 1997 by 133 countries and bans the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines. It came into effect on March 1, 1999. The treaty was a major diplomatic achievement for Canada, which played a leadership role in the development and ratification of this important document that has lasting impacts to this day.

75th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

On April 4, 1949, Canada joined a military and political alliance with European and North American countries by signing the North Atlantic Treaty. Thus, NATO was formed to guard the freedom and security of its members, by military or other means.

75th anniversary of the first non-stop trans-Canada flight

In early 1949, the first non-stop trans-Canada flight from Vancouver to Halifax was completed by the Royal Canadian Air Force’s plane North Star 17512 in 8 hours and 32 minutes.

75th anniversary of Newfoundland and Labrador joining Confederation

Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949, after 42 years of being a separate British Dominion. The province’s name officially included Labrador as of 2001.

100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force

The Royal Canadian Air Force was created on April 1, 1924, as a permanent, full-time air force. Its role is to provide the Canadian Armed Forces with relevant, responsive and effective airpower.

100th anniversary of the Canadian Copyright Act

The Canadian Copyright Act was passed in 1921 and came into force in 1924. It created a distinct copyright law to Canada that disassociated itself from the imperial copyright law. The Act is regularly amended to keep up with the ever-evolving world of arts and culture.

For more information: History of Copyright in Canada

125th anniversary of Treaty 8

Treaty 8 was signed on June 21, 1899. It is a treaty between the Canadian Crown and various First Nations of the Lesser Slave Lake area. It is the most comprehensive of the 11 Numbered Treaties.

150th anniversary of Treaty 4

Treaty 4 was signed on September 15, 1874, in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. It is a treaty between the Canadian Crown and the Cree and Saulteaux First Nation band governments. The area covered by Treaty 4 represents most of current day southern Saskatchewan, plus small portions of western Manitoba and southeastern Alberta.

150th anniversary of the birth of author and novelist, Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author best known for the Anne of Green Gables series. She published 20 novels, 530 short stories, 500 poems and 30 essays, translated in over 50 different languages.

150th anniversary of the introduction of the secret ballot

In 1874, Parliament passed legislation stipulating that voting in federal elections would be done by secret ballot. The secret ballot is a right for all voting-aged Canadians, ensuring the privacy of everyone’s vote.

For more information: House of Commons Procedure and Practice

250th anniversary of the passage of the Quebec Act

On June 22, 1774, the Quebec Act received royal assent. It represented an important decision to protect the rights and practices of French-speaking citizens of the province of Quebec.

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