Canada's Parliament has recognized the province of Quebec as a nation within a united Canada.
Members of Parliament voted Monday on the motion proposed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Mr. Harper introduced the measure to neutralize one composed by Quebec separatists who wanted to declare Quebec a nation, but did not include the words "within Canada."
Critics of the motion said it might re-ignite hope among Quebec separatists for an independent nation.
Before the vote, Mr. Harper told the lawmakers the time had come for national reconciliation.
Citizens of Quebec, a french-speaking province, have twice voted down referendums seeking independence from Canada, most recently in 1995.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.