2000 AD to
||January 17, 2000 - Canada Post
issues a commemorative stamp honouring Dr Maude Abbott
(1869-1940) an internationally acclaimed expert
in the human heart.
2000 - Maryse Carmichael, a captain with the Canadian Air Force, is the first female pilot to fly with the Canadian Forces' national aerobatic team, the Snowbirds.
2000 - Nycole Turmel becomes the first woman (and first Francophone) president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Source Canada Women's Foundation. History of the women's movement: selected moments of importance in the history of Canadian women , 2004 (accessed 2005) .
January 7, 2000 - Beverly McLachlin (1943- ) is the first woman to become Chief Justice of Canada.
2000 - Catriona Le May Doan (1970- ) becomes the first Canadian individual to successfully defend a gold medal at any Olympic Games.
2000 - Canadian women's Hockey team wins Olympic Gold medal.
April 17, 2000 - Pat Duncan (1960- ) is elected Premier of the Yukon.
May 28, 2000 - the tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated in front of the War Memorial in Ottawa. The tomb would have a clear cover over the casket for several days before the permanent cover was finally added.
June 20, 2000 - Betty Kennedy (1926- ) is appointed to the Senate of Canada.
October 2000 - Famous Five monument is unveiled . It is located near the Senate entrance of the Canada's Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, Ontario.
2000 - Employment Insurance benefits are expanded to allow payments for up to a year for natural and adoptive parents.
2000 - The Chief of the Maritime Staff of the Canadian Forces announces that women may now serve in submarines. Source "Women throughout Canadian military history." in Canadian Forces Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23 February 2005.
2000 - Margaret Atwood wins the coveted BOOKER Prize in literature for her book The Blind Assassin.
2000 - National Nursing History Collection is established in agreement with the Canadian Nurses" Association, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum and the National Archives of Canada. Source : Canadian Nurses Foundation online (accessed June 2004)
2000 - Television advertisements for birth control pills appear for the first time. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.
2000 - Shawandithit (ca 1801-1829) is designated a National Historic Person by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
2000 - Maryann Elizabeth Francis is the first woman appointed as Ombudsman for Nova Scotia. Source: Office of Nova Scotia Lieutenant-Governor online. Accessed June 2011.
|2001||2001 - Women in
the Canadian armed services are permitted to serve in submarines. Source: Women in the
Military. The Canadian Encyclopedia Online
2001 - The Hon. Iona Campagnolo (1932- ) is the first woman Lieutenant-Governor of the province of British Columbia. Source: British Columbia Federation of Labour. http://bcfed.com/issues/women/history
2001 - Statistics Canada, when factoring both paid and unpaid work loads, reveals that a typical Canadian woman outworks a typical Canadian many by 80 hours a year. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg. 21
April 30, 2001 - The National Council of Women is declared an organization of National Historic Significance by the Government of Canada. Source: NCW website (accessed 2010)
2001 - Roberta Jamieson (1953- ) is the first woman elected Chief of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ontario. Source: Roberta Jamieson: Chief Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Contemporary Canadian Biographies. Thompson Gale, August 2003. (Accessed online June 2008.)
Canadian Women's Hockey Team wins Olympic Gold!
December 1, 2002 - World Aids Day. Women make up 50% of the 42 million people in the world infected with HIV-Aids. Source: CBC (Accessed November 26, 2002)
2002 - "Ruthie" Lucie Blackburn (1804-1895) and her husband, former slaves who escaped to Canada are declared Persons of National Historic Significance by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Source: 100 more Canadian heroines by Merna Forester (Dundurn , 2011)
2002 - Mary and Henry Bibb were declared Persons of National Historic Significance by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in 2002. Mary is considered the first black woman journalist in Canada. Sources: Section15.ca ; Merna Forster 100 more Canadian Heroines; Famous and Forgotten Faces (Toronto; Dundurn Press, 2011.
|2003||2003 - Lieutenant-Commander Marta Mulkins
is the first woman to serve as a captain of a
Canadian warship, the HMCS Summerside.
Source "Women throughout Canadian military history." in
Canadian Forces Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23 February 2005.
2003 - Master Seaman Colleen Beattie of the Canadian Navy is the first woman to qualify as a sub Mariner. Source "Women throughout Canadian military history." in Canadian Forces Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23 February 2005.
October 1, 2003 - Canada Post issues a set of commemorative stamps honouring Canadian Astronauts including Roberta Bondar (1945- ), the first Canadian woman in space, and Julie Payette (1963- ) , the first Canadian woman to visit the Space Station.
2003-2005 Kim Campbell (1947- ) is president of the International Women's Forum, a global organization of women of significant and diverse achievement.
2003 - Roberta Bondar (1945- ) is recognized by TIME magazine as one of Canada's five best explorers. Source :Roberta Bondar official web site (accessed 2006)
2003 - Roberta Bondar (1945- ) is inducted into the International Women's Forum Hall of Fame. Source Roberta Bondar official web site (accessed 2006)
2003 - The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is created and Mary Travers (La Bolduc) (1894-1941) is one of the first five popular song composers inducted.
2003 - Yonah Martin (1965- ) co-founds the non profit organization Korean Canadian C3, a community organization of volunteers who embrace cultural diversity and bridge Canadian Communities by providing cultural education and volunteer resources. Source: C3society.ogr (accessed December 2011)
February 2003 - Eaton's department store, once a cornerstone of the city of Winnipeg is torn down.
Deaths 2003 :
January 20, 2003 Died Marie Bonin (1932-2003) Manitoba nurse.
July 10, 2003 - Died Zahra Kazeml (1949-2003) murdered photographer and documentalist.
July 16, 2003 - Died Carol Shields (1935-2003) award winning author.
July 31, 2003 - Died Barbara Smucker (1915-2003) noted children's author.
September 5, 2003- Died Gisele Mackenzie (1927-2005) accomplished violinist, singer and star of TV and the movies.
November 4, 2003 - Died Sharon Capeling-Alakija ( 2003) Canadian Social Activist who helped people around the world.
November 30, 2003 - Died Muriel Flexman (1912-2003) journalist and first woman to work at Canadian Press
December 2003- Died Mary "Bonnie" Baker (1919?- 2003) member of the All American Girls Baseball League.
December 9, 2003 - Died Sylvia Gelber (1910-2003) feminist and Canadian UN Delegate
|2004||January 2004 - The RT.
Hon. Kim Campbell (1947- ) is appointed Secretary
General of the Club De Madrid , an organization with which she was a
founding executive member, that is dedicated to democracy in the
world. Source: Club de Madrid Kim Campbell (accessed
June 2004 - the Media Club of Ottawa celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Women's Press Club with a conference and a play "One Hundred Years of Daring : Day One" by Rosaleen Dickson.
2004 - Mary Ann Burdette is elected as first woman Dominion President of the Royal Canadian Legion. Source: Legion acclaims Dominion President… June 15, 2004 (accessed June 2007)
2004 - Bonnie Sherr Klein (1941 ) is awarded the Governor’s General Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case recognizing outstanding contributions to quality of life for women in Canada. Source. Library and Archives Canada. Bonnie Sherr Klein: Canadian women in film. Celebrating Women’s Achievements. (accessed June 2006) This site includes an extensive bibliography.
2004 - Lori-Ann Muenzer (1966- ) wins Canada first gold medal in Cycling at the Olympic Games, Athens, Greece.
2004 - Lori-Ann Muenzer (1966- )
is Female Athelete of the Year (Canadian Press& Broadcast news)
December 26, 2004 - One of
the world's worst disasters, an earthquake and tsunami kills 100,000
people in Asia including Sri Lanka, and India.
||January 8, 2005 - Genevieve Simard
wins Silver and Allison Forsythe wins bronze medal in
Women's Giant Slalom in World Cup at Santa Caterina.
Source: Ottawa Citizen.
February 24, 2005 - a new play opens in Winnipeg featuring the life of former Ottawa Mayor, Charlotte Whitton (1896-1975). The play, Molly's Vail is written by Sharon Bajer. Source: Ottawa Citizen
April 18, 2005 - Time Magazine has selected Canadian author Alice Munro as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Source: Time Magazine
May 4, 2005 - The Registrar of Citizenship for the Government of Canada confirmed in Ottawa yesterday that there is no question: War Brides and their children are Canadian citizens. Source: Canadian War Bride online (Accessed May 20, 2005)
May 8, 2005 - Canada Post honours Canadian War Brides with a
May 16, 2005 - Chantal Petitclerc
is honoured with the 2005 Laureus world sport award for the top
sportsperson with a disability.
September 27, 2005 - Michaelle Jean (1957-) award winning journalist and broadcaster is invested as Canada's 27th and first Afro-Caribbean Governor General. Source web page of the Governor General www.gg.ca (accessed March 2007)
December 19, 2005 - Staff Inspector Jane Wilcox is the
1st woman Unit Commander of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Toronto
Police Force. Source: Herstory: Milestones
in the History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online
Accessed June 2011.
Sources: Herstory: the Canadian Women’s Calendar 2007 Coteau Books, 2006 page 80: www.everstnews.com /everst2005/ … accessed June 2011.
2005 - Sheila Watt-Cloutier (1953- ) environmental activist for the world's indigenous peoples, is awarded
the Norwegian SOPHIE Award.