The Swinging '60s

By: Valeria Widjaja

The 1960’s was a fundamental time period in establishing who we were going to be as a country. This decade would forever change the way Canadians live and how others see Canadians. The economy boomed due to the Auto Pact however, taxes were raised to accommodate for everyone’s new universal health care, which attracted many new immigrants. The First Nations people would finally receive the right to vote and the Bill of Rights was created. Immigration Minister, E. Fairclough worked towards the elimination of racial discrimination through the introduction of a new immigration policy and recognizing Canada with a new flag. To a great extent, it can be argued that it was through the direction taken by the federal government in passing impartial legislation that it was in the 1960s that Canada truly developed its identity as a diverse and unified country.

To the right: John and Olive Diefenbaker with Chief William Little Crow at Outlook Saskatchewan

To the left: The New Immigration Policy


From the beginning, the question of Canada’s identity and what it means to be Canadian has been furiously debated. Although, from the ‘60’s Canada has proven to be a nation of international relationships and economic stability; our sought after universal equality and newfound sense of nationhood.