Magna Carta Canada is a non-profit, charitable organization which has been created to bring the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest to Canada in 2015 for a touring exhibition.
This exhibition will be an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Canadians to learn more about one of the most important documents in the history of the world, a document which gave rise to our parliamentary democracy, our rule of law, women’s rights and rights to the use of the environment.
There are only a handful of original copies of the various issuances of the Magna Carta in existence (originally issued in 1215, it was last issued in 1300). The copy which will tour Canada is from the 1225 issuance, and is owned by Durham Cathedral in the United Kingdom. We have received formal approval from Durham Cathedral and the appropriate United Kingdom approval bodies to loan to us the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest for this exhibition.
The exhibition is anticipated to take place in the second half of 2015, to coincide with the 800th anniversary of the initial issuance of the Magna Carta, and is currently anticipated to visit 4 Canadian cities – Ottawa (the Canadian Museum of Civilization), Winnipeg (the Canadian Museum for Human Rights), Edmonton (the Province of Alberta Legislative Assembly Visitors Centre) and Toronto (Fort York National Historic Site).
Many Canadians have already agreed to lend their support to our efforts, including the following who are members of our Honorary Committee: the Right Honourable Kim Campbell, the Right Honourable John Turner, the Honourable David Peterson, the Honourable James Peterson, the Honourable Roy McMurtry, the Honourable David Crombie, the Honourable Trevor Eyton, the Honourable Robert Armstrong, William Boyle, Thomas Conway, Nathalie Des Rosiers, Allan Fineblit, Jim Fleck, Robert Foster, David Frum, John Honderich, Almas Jiwani and Robert Lapper.
About Magna Carta Canada
“No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, nor will we proceed with force against him, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay, right or justice.”
These ideas and others (which include women’s rights and environmental) which were articulated in Magna Carta in 1215, radically altered the rights of individuals and their rulers, and established the foundation from which our democratic societies, based on the rule of law, have evolved.
Canadians from all walks of life will be captivated by this exhibition.