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Our Constitution - The Law of the Land ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB527213
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Tamara Lynch, Floyd Elliott
Directors:  Jane Churchill
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Studies, Civics, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, History, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1990
Running Time:  28:11

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Most Canadians have heard a lot about the Constitution, but don't understand what it is or how it works. Using clear language, this video explains that the Constitution is made up of laws, court decisions and conventions. Together, they guide our legislatures and Parliament, delineating federal and provincial jurisdictions, and protecting citizens from abusive legislation. Our Constitution - The Law of the Land touches on key moments in the Constitution's history, from the 1867 British North America Act (Constitution Act), to the 1982 repatriation of the Constitution and the Charter of Rights, to continued efforts at constitutional change. (Grades 6-12 civics and social studies.)

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