Minority Rights
Minority Rights
Métis and Native prisoners from the North West Rebellion (detail). (O.B. Buell, National Archives of Canada, PA-118760)
Protecting the rights of minority populations is a fundamental problem of a democracy. Where "majority rules," how can a nation ensure that all citizens have equal treatment and equal opportunities? This section looks at two incidents from Canadian history - the Caraquet Riots and the Métis Rebellion - to investigate how minorities sought their rights and how the government of the day reacted.