It’s an annual event at the CHUMCity building that marks a turning point in the lives of people who came to Canada to provide a better future for themselves and their families.
On Thursday, 55 people from 21 countries gathered to be sworn in as Canadian citizens.
This was the ninth year that Citytv has hosted the important event that means so much to those who take the Canadian oath of allegiance and to their adopted country.
CityNews anchors Gord Martineau and Anne Mroczkowski hosted the event in celebration of Canada Day. Every new citizen was presented with a Canadian flag and an evergreen seedling, in the hopes they will put down roots here and enjoy prosperity in the coming years.
A father and son said the experience was “a dream come true”. Not only did the group become full-fledged Canadians, their life-changing moment was also aired live on Citytv and CP24 Thursday afternoon.
“The honour and dignity of Canadian citizenship is yours,” Judge Normand A. Allaire told the new Canucks. “You are now citizens of the best country in the world.”
1. Who are the Aboriginal peoples of Canada?
2. What are the three main groups of Aboriginal peoples?
3. From whom are the Métis descended?
4. Which group of Aboriginal peoples make up more than half the population of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut?
5. Why are the Aboriginal peoples of Canada working toward self-government?
(1. The first people to live in Canada. 2. Inuit, Metis, First Nations; 3. French and English traders and First Nations women; 4. Inuit; 5. To help Aboriginal people regain control over decisions that affect them and to manage their own affairs.)
1. Where did the first European settlers in Canada come from?
2. Why did the early explorers first come to Atlantic Canada?
3. What three industries helped the early settlers build communities in the Atlantic region?
4. Who were the United Empire Loyalists?
5. When did settlers from France first establish communities on the St. Lawrence River?
6. Which trade spread across Canada, making it important to the economy for over 300 years?
7. What form of transportation did Aboriginal peoples and fur traders use to create trading networks in North America?
8. What important trade did the Hudson’s Bay Company control?
9. What did the government do to make immigration to western Canada much easier?
(1. France; 2. To fish and trade with Aboriginal people; 3. Farming, fishing and shipbuilding; 4. People who left the United States during the American Revolution; 5. Early 1600s; 6. Fur; 7. Canoe/Waterways; 8. Fur; 9. Built railway across Prairies to Pacific coast)
1. What does Confederation mean?
2. What is the Canadian Constitution?
3. What year was Confederation?
4. When did the British North America Act come into effect?
5. Why is the British North America Act important in Canadian history?
6. Which four provinces first formed Confederation?
7. Which was the last province to join Canada?
8. When is Canada Day and what does it celebrate?
9. Who was the first Prime Minister of Canada?
10. Why is the Constitution Act, 1982 important in Canadian history?
(1. The formation of Canada; 2. Canada’s Constitution is the system of laws and conventions that we Canadians use to govern ourselves; 3. 1867; 4. 1867; 5. Because it made Confederation official; 6. Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick; 7. Newfoundland; 8. July 1 – anniversary of Confederation; 9. John A. MacDonald; 10. It gave the Parliament of Canada the power to change our Constitution. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms also became part of the Canadian Constitution in 1982.)