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1867 – Rebellion and Confederation

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The safety and security of visitors remain a top priority. Our travelling exhibitions have been adapted to respect physical distancing and other public health measures.

On July 1, 1867, Confederation was proclaimed, marking the birth of today’s Canada and the culmination of journey that had taken nearly 30 years. This exhibition explores the route to nationhood taken by a society in transition, and by the people who fought, negotiated and made compromises to forge a more peaceable union. By tracing the pivotal moments leading to the draft of the British North America Act, this exhibition helps visitors to better understand how this legacy continues to affect our identity, our values and our institutions.


Robert Harris
Cartoon for “Meeting of the Delegates of British North America to Settle the Terms of Confederation, Quebec, October 1864”, 1883
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Transfer from the House of Commons of the Parliament of Canada, 1981

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