Famous Canadian Protest Leaders

Dr Emily Howard Stowe [1831- 1903]

Dr. Emily Howard Stowe was the first Canadian woman to practice medicine in Canada and a champion of women's rights. Her campaign to provide women with access to medical schools led to the organization of the women's movement in Canada and to the foundation of a medical college for women.

James Morrison [1861-1936]

In 1914 James Morrison helped plan the development of the United Farmers of Ontario and the United Farmers Co-operative Company. Morrison organized the delegation of 3000 Ontario farmers that marched on Ottawa in 1918 to protest the government's conscription policy.

James S. Woodsworth [1874 -1942]

James S. Woodsworth was a strike leader of the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 . He was briefly imprisoned and went on to found the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), which was the forerunner of the New Democratic Party.

Robert (Bob) Hunter [1941-2005]

Bob Hunter was a member of the Don’t Make a Wave Committee in 1969 and co-founder of Greenpeace in 1972. Hunter was a long-time campaigner for environmental causes and helped lead a successful campaign to ban commercial whaling.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier [1953 - ]

Sheila Watt-Cloutier is an environmental advocate who has focused her energies on the effects of global warming on circumpolar peoples. Dr. Watt-Cloutier led the Inuit Circumpolar Conference’s successful campaign to ban pollutants such as PCBs and DTT which contaminate the Arctic food chain and poison the Inuit. In 2005, she served as principal plaintiff for a petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that alleged greenhouse gases from the United States violated Inuit cultural and environmental human rights. Dr. Watt-Cloutier's work on behalf of the environment and the Inuit people has been recognized by numerous awards including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.



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