Newcomers to Canada
Learn how the Government of Canada is responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action 93 to 94.
93. We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with the national Aboriginal organizations, to revise the information kit for newcomers to Canada and its citizenship test to reflect a more inclusive history of the diverse Aboriginal peoples of Canada, including information about the Treaties and the history of residential schools.
Since early 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has worked closely with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis National Council, as well as Indigenous historians, to update the text and photos of the citizenship guide. On October 5, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada hosted a roundtable discussion with AFN representatives and First Nations experts to come to an agreement on key topics that will be included in the revised citizenship guide. A revised version of the citizenship study guide with more information on Indigenous peoples and residential schools is currently being developed. Following the launch of the revised citizenship guide, a new citizenship test will be created that will encompass revisions made to the citizenship guide, including new questions related to First Nations, Inuit and Métis history and perspectives.
The information kit for newcomers will be revised in accordance with the updates made to the citizenship guide and test, following the launch of the revised citizenship guide.
94. We call upon the Government of Canada to replace the Oath of Citizenship with the following: I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada including Treaties with Indigenous Peoples, and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has worked with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and has engaged in consultations with the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to ensure the Oath of Citizenship reflects the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call to action.
The oath is a solemn declaration that citizenship applicants take, promising to obey Canadian laws while fulfilling their duties as Canadian citizens. All citizenship candidates 14 years or older who apply for a grant of citizenship must take the oath as the last step before becoming Canadian citizens.