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World War Two was a major turning point in Canada’s attitude towards human rights policies. It affected a variety of factors including women, First Nations, race, immigration and health. These changes affected the lives of World War Two was a major turning point for women’s rights in Canada. As soon as World War Two started, women were needed in the Canadian workforce as the amount of job vacancies drastically increased. This was due to the fact that a large amount of men went to war. Women were therefore encouraged to leave their traditional roles as housewives to work in munition factories. These factories often included daycares for the women’s children to visit while they worked. These jobs also led to an increase in women’s wages although they never managed to balance with the amount of money the men were making. Women also joined all three military services. The Army, Navy and Air Force. They were trained in many roles in order to make more combat roles available for men. Women were put in charge of running offices and typing orders so men could be trained for combat trades. Women were also trained to be pilots and to ferry new aircraft to Britain across the Atlantic Ocean. Women proved that they could do the majority of jobs. Queen Elizabeth who was a young woman at the time was trained to drive and repair an ambulance. She did the job for four years with no pay to show the British people that the Royal family were taking part or playing their part in the war effort. Women also showed that they could learn new skills, work safely and quickly around a factory or shipyard. Women in Toronto drove all the buses and streetcars and executed the job in a professional manner. Towards the end of World War Two, women were expect... ... middle of paper ... ...the women and children were sent to shantytowns in the wilderness. Increasing pressure from the British Colombian politicians to the Canadian government led to the seizure and sale of all properties owned by Japanese Canadians. Their homes, cars, businesses and personal property were sold for next to nothing. The lives they had built in Canada were erased. The movement of the Japanese Canadians was the largest mass exodus in Canadian history. Following the war, the federal government gave the Japanese two options: To return to war ravaged Japan or move east to the Rocky Mountains. Most chose the second option and moved to Ontario, Quebec and the Prairie provinces. The rule was lifted four years later following public protests. This part of World War Two proved to be a turning point in Canada’s attitude towards human rights policies affecting race and immigration.

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