Gordon Fairweather, Rothesay

Gordon Fairweather was the first Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and held that position for 10 years. He was the founding chair of Canada's new Immigration and Refugee Board and remained in that position from 1987 - 1992. Fairweather served in the New Brunswick Legislature from 1952 - 1962; from 1958 - 60 he was Attorney General. In 1962 he was elected to the House of Commons, representing the riding of Fundy- Royal until 1977. He has been an official observer of elections in Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Guatemala and Malaysia.

He led the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission meetings in Geneva on three occasions. Fairweather is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has also received the Federal Government Outstanding Achievement Award, the New Brunswick Humanitarian Award, the N.B. Division of the Canadian Red Cross Society Humanitarian Award, and has seven honorary degrees from Canadian universities.

Gordon Fairweather, Rothesay

Gordon Fairweather was the first Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and held that position for 10 years. He was the founding chair of Canada's new Immigration and Refugee Board and remained in that position from 1987 - 1992. Fairweather served in the New Brunswick Legislature from 1952 - 1962; from 1958 - 60 he was Attorney General. In 1962 he was elected to the House of Commons, representing the riding of Fundy- Royal until 1977. He has been an official observer of elections in Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Guatemala and Malaysia.

He led the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission meetings in Geneva on three occasions. Fairweather is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has also received the Federal Government Outstanding Achievement Award, the New Brunswick Humanitarian Award, the N.B. Division of the Canadian Red Cross Society Humanitarian Award, and has seven honorary degrees from Canadian universities.


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Learners will understand the role played by Gordon Fairweather in Canadian Human Rights history.

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