1968 in Canada


The year 1968 in Canada was extraordinary. Leading scholars explore the year’s major events, from the rise of Trudeaumania and the Parti Québécois to the new visions articulated in the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC), Medicare, the Indigenous rights movement, CanLit and more.

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1968 in Canada:
A Year and Its Legacies
Edited by Michael K. Hawes, Andrew C. Holman and Christopher Kirkey

2021, ISBN: 978-0-7766-3659-7
Mercury Series (History Paper 61)
400 pages, 19 illustrations, 15 x 23 cm, paperback

The year 1968 in Canada was an extraordinary one, unlike any other in its frenetic pace of activities and their consequences for the development of a new national consciousness among Canadians.

It was a year when decisions and actions, both in Canada and outside its borders, were thick and contentious, and whose effects were momentous and far-reaching. It saw the rise of Trudeaumania and the birth of the Parti Québécois; the articulation of the new nationalism in English Canada and an alternative vision for Indigenous rights and governance; a series of public hearings in the Royal Commission on the Status of Women; the establishment of the Canadian Radio-Television Commission, nation-wide Medicare and CanLit; and a striving for both a new relationship with the United States and a more independent foreign policy everywhere else. And more. Virtually no segment of Canadian life was untouched by both the turmoil and the promise of generational change.

Published in English with two chapters in French.

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