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Viola Desmond didn't set out to be a civil rights leader. But in 1946 when she was removed from a theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia for sitting in a section reserved for whites, she fought back in court.
The beauty salon owner lost the case but strengthened the fight to end racial segregation in Canada. She went on to become a civil rights icon. In Nova Scotia, Heritage Day on February 16, 2015, has been dedicated to the legacy of Viola Desmond.
Canada’s first female Mounties had a tough time fitting in — and you won’t find their stories in the RCMP’s official histories.
Despite being front and centre of the suffrage movement, Francis Beynon drifted into obscurity and has been largely omitted from the historical record.
Online project shines light on Sikh women’s stories.
See the groundbreaking CBC documentary that was among the first to reveal the horrifying reality of the Vietnam War.