Statement from Minister Mendicino on the first declarations of the new Oath of Citizenship

News release

Statement from Minister Mendicino on the first declarations of the new Oath of Citizenship

June 22, 2021—Ottawa—The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement:

Canada’s Oath of Citizenship is more than words. It is a public declaration of belonging. It is an acknowledgement of newly gained rights and newly charged responsibilities. It is a commitment to Canada—past, present and future.

“Today, for the very first time, new Canadians took an Oath of Citizenship that recognizes First Nations, Inuit and Métis rights.

“The new Oath of Citizenship recognizes that Indigenous rights are both enshrined in section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, and that they derive from Indigenous peoples’ presence on this land since time immemorial. A direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 94, the new Oath is now law through Bill C-8, which received Royal Assent last night.

“This morning, I joined new Canadians at the very first citizenship ceremony featuring the new Oath. It was a profound moment. With these new changes to our Oath of Citizenship, and June being National Indigenous History Month, I encourage all Canadians to learn about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, to acknowledge our history, and to support the important work of reconciliation.”

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