Citizenship Week is held the 3rd week of October every year. Several activities and resources on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website here. Some interesting facts:
· Canada became the first Commonwealth country to gain its own citizenship act in 1947
· Before 1947, Canadians were considered British Subjects
· Prime Minister at the time, William Lyon Mackenzie King became the first Canadian citizen
· Each year approximately 160,000 people become Canadian citizens
· The 2001 census says about 84% of eligible immigrants are Canadian citizens.
Let’s take the ocassion to review the Oath of Citizenship:
I swear/affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.
immigrantchildren.ca invites you to revisit the FInal Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, Children: The Silenced Citizens. Effective Implementation of Canada’s International Obligations with respect to the Rights of Children.