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The Citizenship Oath and Canadian Indigenous Peoples

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.


About Reis Pagtakhan

Reis Pagtakhan is an immigration law partner with MLT Aikins LLP. His extensive experience includes assisting businesses obtain temporary entry to Canada and permanent residency for their executives, employees and contractors from all over the world. Reis has lectured on and written papers on immigration law for the Law Society of Manitoba, the Manitoba Bar Association, the Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and the Community Legal Education Association of Manitoba. He has presented position papers before the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Immigration Department officials and Manitoba Labour and Immigration. He has written articles on immigration for the CBC, the Winnipeg Free Press, trade, industry and ethnic publications.


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