Special Citizenship Ceremony at UBC First Nations Longhouse – June 18, 2019

Special Citizenship Ceremony at UBC First Nations Longhouse – June 18, 2019


So today is part of National Indigenous Peoples Month in Canada, and the ICC – Institute for Canadian Citizenship is holding citizenship ceremonies, our special enhanced citizenship ceremonies, across the country this month, at various locations that are meaningful to Indigenous people. We’re here at the Longhouse at UBC for that reason. For many new Canadians the citizenship ceremony marks an incredible milestone. It happens once in a lifetime as Canadians, we enjoy freedom of opinion speech peaceful assembly freedom of religion equality under the law And the right to live and work anywhere we choose in Canada, to name just a few of our cherished rights and freedoms. We have 50 new citizens here today from 21 different places of origin. There are people from Iran, from Bangladesh. It’s a very very diverse group of people. I know that some of you may have faced a great deal of hardship and adversity before coming to Canada. But through hard work and determination you have all succeeded and today you will be taking the final step in becoming a Canadian citizen – the oath of citizenship. I swear that I will be faithful, And that I will faithfully observe The laws of Canada laws and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen. Congratulations, you are now Canadian citizens. Our enhanced citizenship ceremonies give people a chance to actually talk and share with each other before their ceremony. They get to know each other, they get the opportunity sometimes for the first time within the process to share their own stories – how they feel about Canada, how they feel about becoming citizens, becoming Canadians and really we always say they arrive here at our ceremonies as strangers and they leave as friends.

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