When newcomers to Canada take their Citizenship Oath, they are required to pledge their allegiance to the Queen and agree to fulfill their duties as Canadian citizens. This oath, however, does not currently have any mention of the laws and treaties relating to Canada’s indigenous peoples.
With today’s need for increased focus to be put on the issues surrounding our First Nation’s people, there should be some mention of them in the Citizenship Oath, and recommendations #93 and #94 made by the Truth and Reconciliation Committee do just that. In fact, it is my opinion that instead of the Citizenship Test, a discussion should be dedicated to a number of important Canadian issues including the history of Canadian Indigenous peoples.
For my take on this issue, check out my latest CBC piece here.
*this blog post was co-written by Leanne Verreault, immigration legal assistant.