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Canada and the Fight Against Apartheid

Canada and the Fight Against Apartheid

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For almost 50 years, South Africa was ruled by apartheid -- a brutal system of racial separation that kept the nation's black majority in poverty while a white minority held the wealth and power. As unrest grew, South Africa seemed destined for a bloodbath. Canada -- like many nations -- was slow to react but, by the 1980s, assumed a leading role in forcing economic sanctions against South Africa. Canadian business people, activists and clergy also played parts in bringing about all-race elections in 1994, and a surprisingly peaceful end to apartheid.