Constitution Act 1982

Category: Legislation
Binomial Name: Canadian Federal Government
Date: 17 April 1982
Sub Category:Legislation
Alternative Names:
  • Canada Act 1982
  • Subject Matter:Recognition of Traditional Rights and Interests
    Summary Information:
    The Constitution Act of 1982 was the first Canadian-made amendment to the Constitution. It grants Canada full political independence from Britain, and incorporates a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which outlines the individual rights of every citizen of Canada. The Constitution Act 1982 was signed into law by Her Majesty Elizabeth II Queen of Canada on April 17, 1982 in Ottawa. While Queen Elizabeth remains Queen and Head of State, Canada has full sovereignty over its dominion. The rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada are set out in section 35 of the Act.

    Related Entries

  • Government of Canada
  • Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
  • Event
  • Royal Proclamation 1763
  • Legislation
  • Constitution Act 1867
  • Indian Acts
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms 1982
  • Policy/Strategy
  • Charlottetown Accord 1992
  • Meech Lake Constitutional Accord 1987
  • Inherent Right of Self-Government Policy 1995
  • Community-Based Self-Government Policy 1990

  • References

    Canadian Government (1982) Constitution Act 1982
    The Solon Law Archive (1987) Meech Lake Constitutional Accord
    Centre for Constitutional Studies (2003) Constitutional Keywords: Meech Lake Accord
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (1995) Federal Policy Guide: Aboriginal Self-Government
    Government of Canada - Department of Justice (1982) Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms