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06/30/2015 04:13 EDT | Updated 12/08/2016 01:53 EST

The Greatest Canadians You (Probably) Don't Know About

Groundbreakers who don't have the recognition they deserve for helping build our great nation.

New lists of greatest Canadians roll out pretty regularly but almost always with the same old names — more specifically, the same old straight, white, male names.

Folks like Tommy Douglas, Lester Pearson, and John A. MacDonald were undeniably pivotal to the development of Canada, but our country is called a mosaic for a reason. There have also been many minority activists, leaders and other groundbreakers who don't have the recognition that they, too, deserve. Some may be better known locally, but all have contributed to the building of our great nation.

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