Peace and Conflict

We like to think of Canada as a peaceful country, but throughout its history, Canada has been involved in conflicts. Most of them have been conflicts of will one point-of-view, one position against another. But we have also been engaged in violent conflicts at home and overseas.

Canadians take pride in our ability to find peaceful solutions. In recent years, we have distinguished ourselves as peacekeepers on the international stage. Over our history, we have developed institutions to resolve disputes and settle grievances. But lasting issues of human rights, political freedom, justice, and self-government constantly test those institutions and force them to adapt.