The Government of Canada has introduced a Bill to amend the Citizenship Act to change Canada’s Oath of Citizenship.
As per the news release, this Bill proposes to insert text into the Oath that refers to the rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.
New Proposed Oath: I swear (or 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, including the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.
Current Oath: I swear (or 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.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco E. L. Mendicino said, “The Government of Canada remains committed to walking the shared path of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. The proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act is one more vital step towards reconciliation, and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”
The Oath is taken by all newcomers during the citizenship ceremony. Oath of Citizenship is the final legal requirement that grant applicants who are 14 years of age or older must meet in order to become Canadian citizens and a person who has been granted citizenship must take the Oath of Citizenship, in either English or French, in front of a citizenship judge.