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Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg celebrates Charter of Rights

The charter was signed into law on April 17, 35 years ago.

Charter was signed into law 35 years ago

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg is celebrating the anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg is celebrating the anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.    

The museum says a survey suggests most people consider the charter to be a more important symbol of national identity than the maple leaf flag, the RCMP, the beaver or even hockey.

The charter was signed into law on April 17, 35 years ago.

To mark the occasion the museum is giving out free copies of the charter in English, French, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Central Cree, Inuktitut, Mi'kmaq or one of 24 other languages.

The museum says it is also encouraging people to take creative picture of themselves with their copy of the charter to post on social media.

The celebration also includes a blog post on how Canadian law has been affected by the charter.

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