Term 17

The history of Term 17 of the 1949 Terms of Union, concerning education rights in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Newfoundland Act, 1949 and Terms of Union of Newfoundland with Canada

Brought Newfoundland and Labrador into Confederation as the tenth province.
(Courtesy the Solon Law Archive)

Constitution Amendment Proclamation, 1987

Added the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland to the denominations which enjoyed the privileges of Term 17.

Constitution Amendment Proclamation, 1997 (Newfoundland Act)

Amended Term 17 of the Terms of Union, dealing with education rights in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Term 17 Amendment, 1997

An amendment to Term 17 brought into force in 1998 following a provincial plebiscite held on September 2, 1997. The plebiscite question was: "Do you support a single school system where all children, regardless of their religious affiliation, attend the same schools where opportunities for religious education and observances are provided?"