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1867 – Rebellion and Confederation

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On July 1, 1867, Confederation was proclaimed. It marked the birth of today’s Canada and the culmination of a process that took nearly 30 years. This exhibition invites visitors to explore the journey of a society in transition and of people who fought, negotiated, and made compromises to better coexist. By presenting the pivotal moments that led to the drafting of the British North America Act, the exhibition helps visitors recognize a legacy that is still echoed in our identity, our values and our institutions.

An exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History.


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From the November/December 2014 issue of Inside History:

The birth of a nation, 30 years in the making

When Confederation was proclaimed on July 1, 1867, it marked an end as well as a beginning. The birth of the Dominion of Canada was also the conclusion of a tumultuous, 30-year journey of violence, negotiation and compromise that ultimately allowed Canada’s divided populations and regions to unite. Read more