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Transcript: “Becoming Canadian: Citizenship”
Video length: 2:03 minutes
“It’s a great day to meet new citizens.”
Citizenship Judge Suzanne Pinel loves her work.
She is once again adding new members to the Canadian family.
Each year, courts like this see a quarter of a million immigrants become new Canadians.
Taking the oath of citizenship is the culmination of a three year journey for these newcomers. They’ve undergone security and health checks.
They were required to learn about Canada’s geography and history; its languages and of the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen.
“We are there with different programs to help them – settle and also ways of really belonging. And maybe helping them to take the strengths that they have, so that they will succeed.”
Canada has a great tradition of welcoming immigrants and refugees.
For more than a hundred years, waves of them have arrived here to forge a new life.
Many, through Pier 21 in Halifax – the last remaining ocean immigration terminal – now a national historic site.
In the early 1900’s, the vast majority of immigrants came from Europe.
By the end of the century, there was a shift of newcomers – largely from Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Carlos Kassoma escaped war in Angola to come to Canada.
“I feel very proud that I got accepted. I feel proud and very safe in this country. I am also very proud that my son is here with me and that he’s growing up in this country as well.”
New Citizens. Ready to build a stronger Canada.
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