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1990s: Timeline

This time line consists of local, national, and international events relevant to the Canadian experience. It serves to contextualize the growth and evolution of VIU.
Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online


  • NASA sent the Hubble telescope into orbit on April 25.
  • A standoff began on July 11 at Oka, QC when police attempted to storm a barricade erected by the Mohawk to block expansion of a golf course onto land they had claimed.


  • The census recorded the population of Canada as 27,945,000.
  • An American-led international force launched Operation Desert Storm against Iraq on January 16.


  • Protestors began blocking roads in Clayoquot Sound on July 1 to protest logging; almost 900 people were arrested.


  • The July 14 loss by the Vancouver Canucks in the 7th game of the Stanley Cup final ignited a riot in downtown Vancouver.
  • The end of Apartheid was marked when South Africa rejoined the Commonwealth after holding its first non-racial elections.
  • The Rwandan Genocide ended on July 16 after lasting 100 days and resulting in the death of approximately 800,000 people (estimates vary).


  • On October 30, Quebec held its second sovereignty referendum in 15 years. The "no" side won, with a 50.6% majority in a vote that saw 93.2% of the population participating.
  • Leaders from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia signed the Dayton Accord on December 14, ending 43 months of genocidal warfare.


  • Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in an automobile crash in Paris, France on August 31.


  • Nanaimo's Port Theatre opened on September 19.


  • Nunavut became Canada's third territory on April 1.
  • The world population reached 6 billion.