Milestones - 2016

Centennial of women's suffrage

Nellie McClung

The first provinces to grant women the right to vote in 1916 were Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. This was an early step in the path to equality and women's rights.

175th anniversary of the Election of Baldwin and Lafontaine - Leaders for Responsible Government

Map of Upper and Lower Canada

In 1841, Sir Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin, as well as Joseph Howe in Nova Scotia, worked to establish a responsible government, the system that we have today. Lafontaine, a champion of democracy and French-language rights, became the first leader of a responsible government.

175th anniversary of Sir Wilfrid Laurier's birth

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

The first French-Canadian Prime Minister after Confederation, Sir Wilfrid Laurier (born November 20, 1841) encouraged immigration to the West of Canada. Laurier was Prime Minister during a period of major industrialization and oversaw the inclusion of Alberta and Saskatchewan into Confederation. In 1910, he led the creation of the Royal Canadian Navy.

150th anniversary of the Fenian Raids

Fenian Raid Volunteers.

The raids of 1866 furthered the cause of Confederation by encouraging a united defence. The defence of the extensive Canadian border against Irish-American raiders was victorious and showed the devotion of Canadians to their nation. A number of Canadian Forces regiments can trace their heritage back to this time period.

Centennial of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel (First World War)

Canadian Soldiers Back from the Trenches during the Battle of the Somme in November 1916.

While this historic offensive decimated the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, it also prepared Canadians for their success at Vimy Ridge. The battalion was subsequently recognized for its unwavering bravery in the face of trying conditions.

Learn more about commemorating the centennial of the First World War.

75th anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong

Canadian contingent in Hong Kong in 1941.

The battle of Hong Kong was 17 and a half days of intense fighting. When Allied forces were overrun on Christmas Day, December 25, 1941, those who had survived the battle found themselves in what would become four years of captivity in prisoner-of-war and Japanese work camps.

Learn more about commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Second World War.

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