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 The Magna Carta 

Until Magna Carta's Arrival in Canada

Magna Carta

The Magna Carta and its companion document, the Charter of the Forest, set the groundwork for many concepts that continue to define democratic life today. As symbols of justice, they also act as powerful reminders that those who govern do so only by the consent of the people.

key principles:

  • Nobody is above the law of the land: The basis of equal justice at all levels of society.
  • Habeas Corpus: Freedom from unlawful detention without cause or evidence.
  • Trial by jury: Rules to settle disputes between barons and the Crown established trial by a jury of one’s peers.
  • Women's rights: A widow could not be forced to marry and give up her property – a major first step in women's rights.

Charter of the Forest

The companion document of the Magna Carta, the Charter of the Forest, was originally issued in 1217. Canada will receive the 1300 exemplification.

  • Universal human rights: Key rights and protections for the common man.
  • Protection of the commons: Sets clear limits to privatization and the importance of stewardship for shared resources.
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 Durham Cathedral 

About Durham Cathedral

The copies of the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest which will be on tour in Canada are owned by Durham Cathedral, located in Durham in the United Kingdom.

Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost a millennium. Built in 1093 to house the Shrine of St Cuthbert, the Cathedral is cherished for its magnificent Romanesque architecture and incomparable setting at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous as the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the resting place of the Venerable Bede.

Originally built as a monastic cathedral for a community of Benedictine monks, Durham Cathedral possesses some of the most intact surviving monastic buildings in England, including the medieval cloister, the Monks’ Dormitory and the Western Undercroft. The nave, quire and transepts are all Norman and the nave boasts what is believed to be the world’s first structural pointed arch.

With its dramatic position at the top of the Durham City peninsula, Durham Cathedral is both physically and symbolically a focal point for the community of Durham and the wider North East region.

Durham Cathedral is also one of Britain’s best-loved buildings. The iconic view of Durham Cathedral from the East Coast mainline has long been admired and the architectural and historical importance of Durham Cathedral was recognized in 1986 when the Durham World Heritage Site was inscribed as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK.

 

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 Education 

To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the issuance of Magna Carta, the Magna Carta Canada Education Committee has assembled informative, interactive and fun learning materials which are now available for all Canadian teachers, students and history geeks.

Our Magna Carta Education Guide and Magna Carta Timeline encourage students of all ages to examine the history and significance of Magna Carta and to critically examine its impact on the western world, notably through Canadian history and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The Magna Carta Education Guide was created by the Magna Carta Canada Education Committee, and was designed to complement Canadian school curricula. It can be used either as part of an existing lesson plan or as stand alone lessons, or to accompany a classroom visit to the Magna Carta Canada exhibit in Ottawa/Gatineau, Winnipeg, Toronto and Edmonton starting on June 12, 2015.

 

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 Essays 

National Law Student Essay Competition

The Paradox of the Magna Carta in Canada

December 03, 2015

Read the winning essay for the Province of Saskatchewan by Jared Dunlop of the University of Saskatchewan.

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A Promise Not Yet Kept: The Relevance of Magna Carta in Canada in 2015

December 03, 2015

Read the winning essay for the Province of Manitoba by Matthew Haydey of the University of Manitoba.

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Symbolism & Significance: The Place of Magna Carta in Contemporary Canadian Law

December 03, 2015

Read the winning essay for the Province of Quebec by David DesBaillets of the University of Quebec at Montreal.

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The Relevance of Magna Carta in Canada in 2015

December 03, 2015

Read the winning essay for the Province of New Brunswick by Ashley Arbour of the University of Moncton.

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Magna Carta and Access to Justice: The Legacy of Proportionality in Nova Scotia

December 02, 2015

Read the winning essay for the Province of Nova Scotia by Shane Belbin of Dalhousie University.

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Our Forest for All: Magna Carta and the Rule of Law

December 02, 2015

Read the winning essay for the Province of British Columbia by Amy Lai of the University of British Columbia and St. John's College.

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Magna Carta: Relevant Irrelevance

December 02, 2015

Read the winning essay for the Province of Alberta by David Rennie of the University of Calgary.

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Magna Carta and the Canadian Access to Justice Crisis

November 28, 2015

Congratulations to Kirsten Morry of Newfoundland and McGill University for her winning essay ‘Magna Carta and the Canadian Access to Justice Crisis’. Read the winning essay.

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The Relevance of Magna Carta in Canada in 2015: Upholding the Heritage of Freedom

November 06, 2015

Read the winning essay for the Province of Ontario by Pascal Lévesque of Queen’s University.

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800 years on, the Magna Carta's ideals continue to transcend languages, cultures and ideologies as a powerful expression of freedom, justice and human rights.
 The Exhibition 

The historic documents

Housed in jewel-like cases, the actual documents will be the centerpiece of a bilingual interpretive exhibit based on three themes: History, Legacy and Justice Today.

History:

Of Kings, Barons and Commoners explores the saga of the Charter and provides context for the visitor. How and why did this Charter come about?

Legacy:

Beyond Britannia takes the impact of the Magna Carta beyond the shores of the UK to show how achievements in individual rights, justice and governance spread to the colonies of North America, particularly Canada.

Justice Today:

An Ongoing Project presents the enduring significance of the Magna Carta through contemporary issues of human rights from around the world.
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King John, under great pressure from the land barons, applied his seal to the first version of the Magna Carta in 1215. King Henry III, the son of King John, voluntarily re-issued the Magna Carta in 1225.

". . . here is a law which is above the King and which even he must not break. This reaffirmation of a supreme law and its expression in a general charter is the great work of Magna Carta; and this alone justifies the respect in which men have held it."

Winston Churchill

 The Blog 

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The Charter of the Forest

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King John, under great pressure from the land barons, applied his seal to the first version of the Magna Carta in 1215. King Henry III, the son of King John, voluntarily re-issued the Magna Carta in 1225.
 Supporters 

Our sponsors, partners and donors are integral to the success of Magna Carta Canada. We graciously thank them for their support.

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Honorary Patrons

Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, C.M., A.O.E., Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

Her Honour, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C., O. Ont., Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Her Honour, the Honourable Janice C. Filmon, C.M., O.M., Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

 

Honorary Committee Members

We wish to acknowledge and thank our Honorary Committee members for their unwavering support of Magna Carta Canada and our efforts to bring the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest to Canada.

 
The Right Honourable Joe Clark
The Right Honourable John Turner
The Right Honourable Kim Campbell
The Honourable William G. Davis
The Honourable David Peterson
The Honourable James Peterson
The Honourable Frank Iacobucci
The Honourable Roy McMurtry
The Honourable David Crombie
The Honourable Trevor Eyton
The Honourable Linda Frum
The Honourable Robert Armstrong
The Honourable Pierre Dalphond

George Anderson
Gail Asper
William J. S. Boyle
Helen Burstyn
Thomas Conway
Nathalie Des Rosiers
Allan Fineblit
James D. Fleck
David Frum
John Honderich
Almas Jiwani
Robert Lapper
Charles Pachter




Image of Magna Carta reproduced by kind permission of the Chapter of Durham Cathedral.



Time Capsule

Magna Carta Canada is preparing a time capsule to preserve memories of this 2015 celebration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. As Magna Carta is commemorated only every 50 years, the time capsule will be opened in 2065. Examples of time capsule submissions may be seen here.

 Media 

Magna Carta in the Media

For all media inquiries, please contact Mediainfo@holmespr.com

National Law Student Essay Competition Sponsored by Magna Carta Canada

November 28, 2015

Congratulations to Kirsten Morry of Newfoundland and McGill University for her winning essay ‘Magna Carta and the Canadian Access to Justice Crisis’. Read the winning essay.

Read More

CBC Radio Daybreak Alberta discusses Magna Carta

November 28, 2015

Click here to listen to the interview with Chris dela Torre of CBC Radio Calgary.

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National Law Student Essay Competition Sponsored by Magna Carta Canada

November 06, 2015

Read the winning essay for the Province of Ontario by Pascal Lévesque of Queen’s University

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Legendary Magna Carta showcased at CMHR starting tomorrow

August 14, 2015

Unique companion exhibit includes original John A. Macdonald document.

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Magna Carta arrives at CMHR

August 14, 2015

The 800-year-old Magna Carta will be the cornerstone of museum's new $3M high-tech gallery.

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Explore 800 years of history with Dr. Carolyn Harris

July 16, 2015

Carolyn Harris, Magna Carta & Its Gifts to North America.

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Magna Carta comes to Canada in interactive display

June 12, 2015

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy opens at the Canadian Museum of History.

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Magna Carta at the Canadian Museum of History for its 800th anniversary

June 11, 2015

Magna Carta – Law, Liberty and Legacy will be presented at the Canadian Museum of History from June 12 to July 26.

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Much Ado about Magna Carta

June 09, 2015

A two-part discussion on the meaning and relevance of Magna Carta today. On IDEAS, CBC Radio One, June 15 and 16, 2015.

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The Great Charter

May 13, 2015

Why a thirteenth-century piece of parchment endorsed by an English king who was under threat of death has meaning for Canadians today.

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Transatlantic crossing for historic documents

May 12, 2015

Durham Cathedral is making history by sending one of its three priceless Magna Carta issues across the Atlantic this week.

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Magna Carta Canada and Dundurn Press Partner to Launch Book in Advance of Magna Carta Exhibition

May 05, 2015

Canada will celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta with a book and exhibition featuring an original copy of the iconic document from England's Durham Cathedral

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Benchers acknowledge the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta

April 29, 2015

Benchers of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador acknowledge the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

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News Release

February 17, 2015

The Great Charter and its companion, the Charter of the Forest, will tour four cities in Canada, June 12 to December 29, 2015

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