Fundamental Freedoms - The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
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What it Means

Section 25 says that the Charter rights cannot be interpreted in a way that will interfere with the rights and freedoms of Aboriginal peoples (including Indian, Inuit and Métis peoples).

People have rights under many laws in Canada - not just the Charter. Section 26 clarifies that laws other than the Charter can also give people legal rights.

Canada is home to many cultures. Section 27 says that the Charter is to be interpreted in a way that preserves and enhances our multicultural heritage.

Section 28 confirms that Charter rights are guaranteed equally to men and women. This guarantee of equality is also reflected in s.15 of the Charter.

The Constitution Act, 1867 gives rights relating to religious schools. Section 29 says that the Charter will not interfere with these rights.

Section 30 clarifies that the Charter applies to the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in the same way that it applies to Canada's provinces.

The Constitution Act, 1867 was the founding law for Canada as a nation. It explains how power is to be divided between the federal government and provinces. Section 31 clarifies that this division of power will not be affected by Charter.

W.L. Mackenze King, 1906-7. In any civilized coummunity, private rights should cease when they become public wrongs.
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