Canada Wel­come to

St. Peter High School hosts cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Derek San­dall, co-op stu­dent or­leansstar@transcon­ti­nen­ Twit­ter @Or­leansstar

As Cana­di­ans, we’d like to be­lieve we are all am­bas­sadors for our coun­try, wel­com­ing all mem­bers of our di­verse pop­u­la­tion with open arms, and, on March 19 St. Peter High School was no ex­cep­tion.

The Mon­day morn­ing assem­bly at the east end sec­ondary school wel­comed 51 new Cana­di­ans as they took the Oath of Cit­i­zen­ship and be­came, for the first time, of­fi­cial Cana­dian cit­i­zens.

"By be­com­ing cit­i­zens of Canada, I hope it means that they are as in love with Canada as I am," said Cum­ber­land Ward Coun­cil­lor Stephen Blais who was on hand to help with the cer­e­mony.

Blais did, how­ever, ac­knowl­edge the strug­gle new Cana­di­ans can some­times be put through to ob­tain cit­i­zen­ship and the sig­nif­i­cance of hon­our­ing them. "The im­por­tance of these cer­e­monies is to rec­og­nize what they went through and to wel­come them to Canada."

Ot­tawa-or­léans MP Royal Gali­peau, also in at­ten­dance, also ac­knowl­edged the im­por­tance of these cer­e­monies. "They were all ex­cited and very happy to be­come cit­i­zens," said Gali­peau. "Many of them came from coun­tries with much un­cer­tainty with hopes for the fu­ture." Royal Gali­peau hopes for the new Cana­di­ans to con­trib­ute to the "mo­saic" of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and tol­er­ance that makes Canada a great place to live.

Putting the process through its paces

The process of im­mi­gra­tion is a lengthy, but pros­per­ous, road. Af­ter mov­ing out of one’s home coun­try, there are many things one must do be­fore be­com­ing an of­fi­cial cit­i­zen. To be­come a cit­i­zen, one must first: cit­i­zen­ship

Af­ter these points have been ap­plied, one must take a cit­i­zen­ship test to guar­an­tee their knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of Canada. If one passes, they are to at­tend a Cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony, re­cite the Oath of Cit­i­zen­ship and then they be­come of­fi­cial cit­i­zens of Canada.

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