The word Dominion was used from to to refer to one of several self-governing nations of the British Empire. India , Pakistan , and Ceylon now Sri Lanka were also dominions for short periods of time. The Balfour Declaration of recognised the Dominions as "autonomous communities within the British Empire", and the Statute of Westminster confirmed their full legislative independence. Commonwealth realms and Commonwealth republics replaced the old term, as both kinds of governments could become full members of the Commonwealth, and the terms also recognised the full autonomy of the realms and full sovereignty of independent republics. The term dominion means "that which is mastered or ruled". It was used by the British to describe their colonies or territorial possessions.
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Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map. After Confederation in , the Dominion government expanded westward in an effort to secure its political and economic future. This vast area stretched from Labrador to the Rocky Mountains and from the forty-ninth parallel to the Arctic Ocean. See North-West Territories — Canada intended to use natural resources and lands in the West to promote Western settlement and railway construction. See National Policy.
Canada became a country, the Dominion of Canada, in By , many leaders felt that it would be good to join into one country. Known as the Fathers of Confederation , these leaders met and wrote a constitution for the new country, which had to be passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
C Andrew Heard Canada's transition from a self-governing British colony into a fully independent state was an evolutionary process, which arose in such a gradual fashion that it is impossible to ascribe independence to a particular date. The Supreme Court of Canada reflected this uncertainty when it said in Re Offshore Mineral Rights of British Columbia that Canada's "sovereignty was acquired in the period between its separate signature of the Treaty of Versailles in and the Statute of Westminster,