1960 AD to 1969 AD
1960 - Native
peoples living on reserves get the right to vote in federal
1960 - The Canadian Bill of Rights become law .
February 17, 1960 - The National Art Gallery opens in Ottawa.
February 26, 1960 - Anne Heggtveit wins the downhill slalom at Winter Olympic Games, Squaw Valley, U.S.A.
February 28, 1960 - Anne Heggtveit (1939- ) wins Canada's first Olympic gold medal in skiing at the Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, Colorado, U.S.A.
March 2, 1960 - Barbara Wagner & Bob Paul win gold medals in pairs figure skating at the Winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley.
December 1960 - Birth control pills are available for purchase. to the general public
1960 - Marie Daria Haust (1921- ) becomes the first woman on the Medical Faculty, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario . Sources: Science.caProfile (Accessed June 2011); Canadian Who’s Who 2006 Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005.
1960 - The first self-cleaning oven arrives in the home sales market.
|1961||August 12, 1961-
Mary Stewart breaks the world record in Women's 100 m
December 21, 1961 - Mary
Stewart is named Canada's woman athlete of the year.
January 1, 1962 - The United Church Women (United Church of Canada) came into being. Its purpose to unite women of the congregation for the total mission of the United Church and to provide a medium through which they may express their loyalty and devotion to Jesus Christ in Christian Witness, study, Fellowship and Service. Source: Voices of United Church Women 1962-2002. Edited by Elizabeth Gillian Muir. (Toronto; United Church of Canada, 2002.)
January 19, 1962 - Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Ellen Fairclough, dismantled Discriminatory Policy . Perhaps her most significant accomplishment was the radical reform of the government's "White Canada" immigration policy. Regulations tabled in 1962 helped to eliminate racial discrimination in Canada's immigration policy. Source: Historica : Black History- Timeline http://blackhistorycanada.ca/timeline.php?id=1900 (Accessed March 2007)
1, 1962 - Saskatchewan introduces socialized
September 3, 1962 - The Trans-Canada Highway
|1963||April 1963 - Federal Social Insurance Cards are given
1963 - CUPE = Canadian Union of Public Employees is formed with the merger of NUPE = National Union of Public Employees and NUPSE = National Union of Public Service Employees.
1963 - Fern Alexander of the Toronto Police is the first woman in Canada to be appointed to the rank of Inspector. Source: Herstory: Milestones in the History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed June 2011.
1963 - Ringette, an on ice women's sport invented in Canada, is introduced in North Bay Ontario by the town's Parks and Recreation Director, Sam Jacks. The first-ever- "game" was played in the winter in Espanola, Ontario. Source: Ringette Canada.
1963 - British Empire/Commonwealth Games - Mary Stewart (1945- )wins a gold medal (100 m butterfly), 2 silver medals and a bronze medal in swimming. Source: British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed June 2008)
1963 - Born Judy McClintock-Messer (1963- ), World Champion water skier.
1963 - Born Urszula Torkarska (1963- ) international mountain climber, first Canadian to climb the world's 7 tallest peaks.
January 13, 1963 - Born Linda Frum (1963- ) Gemini Award winning journalist
February 15, 1963 - Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (1963- ) Legal council for the Native Women's Association of Canada.
February 21, 1963 - Born Lori Fung(1963- ), Gold medalist in Rhythmic Gymnastics in 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
June 11, 1963- Born Sandra Schmirler (1963-2000), World and Olympic Champion curler.
September 6, 1963 - Born Angela Chalmers (1963- ) medal winning track and field star.
1963- Died Jean Ethel MacLachian (1875-1963) First person to be a Saskatchewan Juvenile Court Judge.
1963- Died Helena Walker (1867-1963) first woman elected as alderman in Regina Saskatchewan.
1963 - Died Bylee Fay Lang (1908-1963) sculptor.
1963 - Died Martha Ostenso, (1900-1963) author and social worker.
1963 - Died Gertrude Balmer Watt (1873-1963) journalist
January 3, 1963 - Died Dorothy Sproule (1868-1963) poet.
January 22, 1963 -Died Irma LeVasseur (1878-1964) the first woman to practice medicine in the province of Quebec and pediatric care pioneer.
February 25, 1963 - Died Edith Berkeley (1875-1963) world authority on the classification of marine worms and noted botanist.
April 6, 1963 - Died Thais Frémont (1886-1963) social activist
April 10, 1963 - Died Anna Judson Rossborough Mair (1889-1963) a recognized nurse.
May 31, 1963 - Died Grace MacLennan Grant Campbell (1895-1963) award winning novelist.
July 27, 1963 - Died Henrietta Hancock Britton (1873-1963) painter and teacher.
August 19, 1963 - Died Kathleen Parlow (1890-1963) international violinist
December 30, 1963 - Died Isabel Constance Mary Stanley (Lady Stanley (1875-1963) daughter of Governor General Lord Stanley and proponent of the Game of hockey.
|1964||1964 - Jeanne Fisher Manery (1908-1986.) is the first woman appointed professor in the
Department of Biochemistry at the University of
1964 - Mary "Bonnie" Baker,(1919?-2003) member of the All American Girls Baseball League becomes the first female sports caster on CKRM Radio in Regina, Saskatchewan. Source: Baker, Mary "Bonnie", City of Regina: 2008 www.Regina.ca (accessed September 2008)
1964-1967 - Pearl Steen (1893-1988) is president of the National Council of Women Source: Vancouver Hall of Fame Online (accessed November 2012.
|1965||February 15, 1965 - The now familiar red maple leaf flag becomes the
official national flag.
March 4, 1965 - Petra Burka wins the women's title at the world figure skating championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A.
1965 - Grace MacInnis (1905-1991) is the first woman elected to the British Columbia House of Commons. Source: British Columbia Federation of Labour. http://bcfed.com/issues/women/history
1965 - The Government of Canada decides to continue to employ women in the Canadian Armed Forces. A ceiling of 1500 members, including women in all three services, is established. This limit represents about 1.5% of the total Canadian Armed Forces of the day. Source "Women throughout Canadian military history." in Canadian Forces Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23 February 2005.
January 31, 1965 - Born Ofra Harnoy (1965- ) cellist
March 16, 1965 - Born Sarah Hunter, (1965- ) wheelchair tennis player
April 11, 1965 - Born Yonah Martin (1965- ) the first Korean Canadian Parliamentarian, appointed to the Senate.
June 8, 1965 - Born Joan Elizabeth McCusker ( 1965 - ) member of medal winning curling Team Schmerler
July 17, 1965 - Born Carrie Serwetnyk, (1965- ) Award winning international soccer star.
August 7, 1965 - Born Elizabeth Manley, Olympic medalist in figure skating.
August 22,1965 - Born Patricia Hy-Boulais, Canadian champion tennis player.
August 28, 1965 - Born Shania Twain, country/Pop singer and song writer.
September 8, 1965 - Born Marcia Gudereit (1965- ) Medal winning team member of of Team Schmerler in Curling.
December 12, 1965 - Born Mina Shum (1965- ) award winning independent film director.
1965 - Died Regina Mary "Polly" Rowell Craig (1882-1965) pioneer land owner in Regina Saskatchewan.
1965 - Died Viola Desmond (1914-1965) first black woman to challenge discrimination successfully in Canada.
January 31, 1965 - Died Isabella Preston, (1881-1965) first professional hybridist in Canada.
March 19, 1965 - Died Violet Pooley Sweeny (1886-1965) champion west coast golfer.
April 12, 1965 - Died Hilda Mary Slayter (1882-1965) a survivor of the Titanic
July 12, 1965 - Died Irene Parlby (1868-1965) one of the "Famous Five" who worked on the Persons Case 1929.
September 20, 1965 - Died Madge MacBeth (1878-1965) multimedia author with over 20 novels to her credit.
november 22, 1965 - Died Edith Stewart-Murray 1900-1965) journalist on the Canadian west coast.
|1966||1966 - Limited
career choices sees the number of women in the Canadian military drop
to 900 members in the regular services. . Source: Women in the
Military. The Canadian Encyclopedia Online
1966 -Jessie Gray (___ - 1978) is the first woman elected to the Science Council of Canada.
1966 - The Canadian government establishes the Canada Pension Plan.
1966 - Dr Marion Powell helps launch the firs municipally funded birth control clinic in the country.
1966 - Jean Sutherland Boggs is appointed as Director of the National Gallery of Canada and becomes the first woman in the world to head up a national art gallery. Source Canada Women's Foundation. History of the women's movement: selected moments of importance in the history of Canadian women , 2004 http://cdnwomen.org.
1966 - Jean Edmonds (Born 1921- ??) is the first woman executive in the federal government as an executive director with the Department of Manpower and Immigration.
1966 - Marjorie Bowker (1906-2006) is appointed Alberta's first woman Family Court Judge
1966 - A federal government committee considers amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada on abortion. It is estimated that 35,000 to 120,000 illegal abortions are performed each year. Source : A History of Abortion in Canada http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/history.html (accessed July 30, 2003)
May 12, 1966 - Born Anne Ottenbrite, the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming.
May 21, 1966 Born Lori-Ann Muenzer ( 1966- ) Gold medal Olympic athelete in Cycling, businesswoman and author.
September 9, 1966 - Born Alison Sydor (1966 - ) world champion mountain biker.
September 21, 1966 - Born Kerrin Lee-Gartner, Olympic gold medalist in downhill skiing.
January 27, 1966 - Died Elizabeth Wyn Wood (1903-1966) well known sculptor who has left a legacy of statues and fountains in municipalities across Canada.
June 5, 1966 - Died Dorothy Stevens (1888-1966) Portrait and figure painter.
December 6, 1966 - Died Yoshiko Kasahara (1912-1966) noted population statistician.
- Marianne Linnell
(1914-1990) is the only woman member on Canada's Centennial
Source: The Vancouver Hall of Fame online (Accessed November
1967 - The United Nations adopts the Declaration of
Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.
19667 - The Canadian TV
show , Mr. Dressup is aired for the first time. Generations
of children will grow up watching this show. Source :
Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North
by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.
|1968||1968 - The Olympic Committee conducts gender tests for the first
time in internationals sports at the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble,
France. Source www.womenwarriors.ca timeline.
February 17, 1968 - Nancy Greene (1943- ) wins gold medal in the giant slalom at the the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France.
1968 - Sandra Post (1948- ) beats Kathy Whitworth by seven strokes in a playoff to become the first non-US player and rookie to win the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Championship. Source www.womenwarriors.ca timeline
1968 - The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) is conceived and was incorporated as a voluntary non-profit organization in 1978. By 2000 there are 22 member societies across Canada.
1968 - Canadian divorce laws are reformed allowing for divorce on the basis of marital breakdown as well as for adultery and mental or physical cruelty.
1968 - The Royal Commission on the Status of Women begins.
1968 - Bea Irwin, previously a partner in her husbands toy business, takes over the business when her husband dies. Source: I Know that name: the people behind Canada's Best known Band Names...by Mark Kearney and Randy Ray (Toronto, Hounslow Book, 2002.
1968 - Michaelle Jean, (1957- ),a future Governor General of Canada, emigrates to Canada with her family from Haiti Source: web pages of the Governor General of Canada. www.gg.ca (accessed March 2007) .
The Federal government amends the Criminal Code
of Canada so that it is no longer an offence to disseminate
information on birth control.
1969 - 36% of the students attending undergraduate studies at university are women. Source: Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28, 2003)
May 1969 - Toronto Police Commission Chairman, C.O. Bick states that, although there is no rule, he feels that "The woman's place is in the home with her child.". A woman is refused employment on the grounds that she has young children. Source: Herstory: Milestones in the History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed June 2011.
1969 - Dorothy Lidstone (1938- ) is first Canadian to win World Target Archery championships in Valley Forge, U.S.A. Source: Federation of Canadian Archers.
1969 - Margaret Atwood (1939- ) published her first novel Edible woman.
1969 - Access to abortion is applied unevenly and often unfairly across the country. Women can wait an average of 8 weeks for an abortion. Some provinces refuse to provide any abortion services at all and abortion is largely unavailable to women outside major cities. Source : A History of abortion in Canada. http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/history.html (accessed July 30, 2003)
March 20, 1969 - Born Caroline Brunet, champion in kayak and one of Canada outstanding Female Athletes of the Year.
August 3 , 1969- Born Anne Marie Loder, accomplished TV and movie actress.
August 6, 1969 - Born Kristyn Dunnion (1969 - ) author of books for young readers.
August 21,1969 - Born Josée Chouinard champion Canadian figure skater.
November 7, 1969 - Born Tanya Dubincoff (1969- ) first Canadian woman to be World Champion in track cycling.
1969 - Died Elizabeth Rebecca Laird (1874-1969), a Physics teacher & college administrator. who after she retired she became a researcher.
November 4, 1969 - Died Violet Alice Dryvynsyde (1888-1969) An educator who opened her own school and published books.
November 19, 1969 - Died Vera Cryderman (1897-1969) an artist who worked in several medium helped establish Visual Arts in colleges.
December 21, 1969 - Died Ellen Ballon (1898-1969) child prodigy and internationally renouned pianist.