"They desire a better country" (Desiderantes meliorem patriam) -- Order of Canada motto
September 1967. We are holding our breath. We have to get into Canada immediately or Michael, my new husband, will be jailed. At the advice of the Montreal Committee to Aid War Resisters, we have arrived at Dorval Airport after midnight, when mostly sympathetic French-Canadian immigration officers are on duty. Michael has a hastily-offered letter of employment from Montreal Children's Hospital. Twenty minutes later, we are relieved to be welcomed as landed immigrants! We are among the wave of over 200,000 Vietam-era women and men who became an integral part of the Canadian mosaic.
Dr. Henry Morgentaler is most famous Canadian pro-choice physician. His outspoken support for reproductive rights have taken him to court rooms, protests, fundraisers and award ceremonies across the country. His relentless campaigning and trust in women has helped made it legal for women to get safe, confidential and sanitary abortions.
Aaju Peter is an Inuit activist and recipient of the Order of Canada in 2012 for her tireless efforts to preserve Inuit culture. Born in Northern Greenland, Peter moved up and down the west coast as a child with her family. Her father was a preacher and teacher. In 1981, Peter moved to Iqaluit where she has focused most of her activism.
Peter has been a vocal supporter of the Inuit seal hunt and its vital role in indigenous culture. She makes ready to wear seal skin clothing, from coats to tank tops with pelts bought from local hunters. The plummeting market value of seal pelts has a salient impact on her communities.