John Diefenbaker

John Diefenbaker

Key contributions: Introduced Canada’s first federal Bill of Rights in 1960 and amended Canada’s Elections Act to extend the franchise to Indigenous people, enabling them to vote for the first time in 1962.

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Emmett Hall

Emmett Hall

Key contributions: Hall is widely recognized as the father of Canada’s medicare system. His most influential judicial legacy is a dissenting opinion that recognized Indigenous title to traditional lands.

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Hilda Neatby

Hilda Neatby

Key Contributions: Neatby influenced the course of education in Canada with her 1953 bestseller, So Little for the Mind.

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Albert Johnson

Albert Johnson

Key contributions: In a long career dedicated to public service, Johnson had a pivotal role in the introduction of medicare plans, both provincially and nationally.

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Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes

Key contributions: Perhaps best known for his tireless work as chief adjudicator in Indian residential school settlement claims, Hughes also made a remarkable contribution nationally as chief federal treaty negotiator.

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Ellen Schmeiser

Ellen Schmeiser

Key contributions: Her recommendations as a special adviser to the Saskatchewan Attorney General’s Department led to the 1980 Matrimonial Property Act, considered trail-blazing legislation that became a model for the rest of Canada.

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Walter Tarnopolsky

Walter Tarnopolsky

Key contributions: Tarnopolsky was a pioneer in Canadian human rights law and a champion of civil liberties.

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Roy Romanow

Roy Romanow

Key contributions: As head of the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada, Romanow consulted citizens widely in 2001-02 and drew national attention to the value of public health care and what was required to preserve and strengthen the system.

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Tom Molloy

Tom Molloy

Key contributions: Over the past three decades, Molloy has played a leading role in concluding several key treaty settlements that changed the face of the country.

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William Deverell

William Deverell

Key contributions: A renowned author, Deverell also is a successful lawyer, environmentalist and a founder and honorary director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association.

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Ken Norman

Ken Norman

Key contributions: Norman served as the first chief commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission from 1979 to 1983 and was the principal author of the 1979 Saskatchewan Human Rights Code.

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Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Key contributions: As a senior federal bureaucrat in the 1980s, she contributed to Canada’s role in establishing the United Nations climate strategy and was the country’s delegate to the International Panel on Climate Change.

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Raynell Andreychuk

Raynell Andreychuk

Key contributions: The first woman from Saskatchewan to be appointed to the Senate, Andreychuk has contributed nationally and internationally to advancing human rights.

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Ralph Goodale

Ralph Goodale

Key Contributions: Now in his ninth term as an MP, Goodale has served on cabinet in numerous portfolios, including minister responsible for Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada, and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

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David Arnot

David Arnot

Key contributions: He was appointed the federal director general of aboriginal justice in 1994, and was named by the federal government in 1997 to serve for a decade as Saskatchewan’s treaty commissioner.

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Bill Rafoss

Bill Rafoss

Key contributions: Acclaimed on June 4 as board chair of Amnesty International Canada, Rafoss has been on the organization’s board since 2015.

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Patricia Monture

Patricia Monture

Key contributions: Well known for her work on Indigenous and women’s rights, Monture served on major inquiries convened on these issues, including the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the task force on federally sentenced women and on the task force on the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons.

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