The development Canadian constitutional law has been heavily influenced by Canada's historical ties to the United Kingdom. Just as the UK’s unwritten constitution is not embodied in a single document, Canada’s constitution is an amalgamation of codified acts and unwritten, but nevertheless legally binding, rules of constitutional practice known as conventions.
The components of the Canadian constitution are set forth in Section 52(2) of the Constitution Act of 1982, one of two core constitutional texts, the other being the Constitution Act of 1867 (originally enacted as the British North America Act). The current constitution is particularly notable for its explicit recognition of the rights of Canada’s aboriginal peoples (First Nations) and for its commitment to reducing regional inequalities and disparities.
The Justice Laws website of Canada's Department of Justice provides electronic access to the following core constitutional texts:
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