Mandela visits Canada
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela's life began in a tiny village in South Africa, which he describes as "removed from the world of great events." It was the start of a life that would not only take part in great events, but help shape them. His extraordinary life has led him from being branded a terrorist in his own country and a 27-year imprisonment to taking office as South Africa's first democratically elected president and becoming an international symbol of peace and social justice. The CBC Digital Archives brings you a look back at the remarkable life of Nelson Mandela.
• Only four foreign dignitaries who were not heads of state or government have ever addressed joint sessions of Canadian Parliament. They were: Nelson Mandela in 1990, United Nations Secretaries-General Javier Perez de Cuellar (1985) and U Thant (1964), and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, wife of the leader of Republic of China, in 1943.
• Nelson Mandela visited Canada again in 1998, when he spoke with more than 40,000 children at Toronto's SkyDome. He called Canada his "home away from home." He addressed Parliament again, this time as President of the Republic of South Africa.
• In 1998 Nelson Mandela became the first foreign leader to be appointed as an honourary Companion of the Order of Canada.
• During his third visit to Canada in 2001, Mandela received a doctorate of law from Ryerson University, and became the first living recipient of honourary Canadian citizenship. Canada's only other honourary citizen was Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who was given the honour posthumously for saving thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: June 18, 1990
Guest(s): Nelson Mandela
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Gillian Findlay
Last updated: December 11, 2013
Page consulted on December 11, 2013
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