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St. Peter High School hosts citizenship ceremony
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.