Oath of Citizenship bill introduced in Parliament

From: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Statement

Proposed change will recognize rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

Ottawa, October 22, 2020—The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement:

“Today, the Government of Canada introduced a Bill to amend the Citizenship Act to change Canada’s Oath of Citizenship. This Bill proposes to insert text into the Oath that refers to the rights of Indigenous Peoples. It continues to fulfill our government’s commitment to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, specifically Call to Action number 94.

“The Government of Canada remains committed to walking the shared path of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. The proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act is one more vital step towards reconciliation, and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“The new proposed language adds references to the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples:

“I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, including the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.”

“The Oath is a solemn declaration that all newcomers recite during the citizenship ceremony. With this amendment, we are changing the Oath of Citizenship to be more inclusive, and taking steps to fundamentally transform the nature of our relationship with Indigenous Peoples by encouraging new Canadians to fully appreciate and respect the significant role of Indigenous Peoples in forming Canada’s fabric and identity.”

来自: 加拿大移民、难民和公民身份部
声明
拟议的修改将承认第一民族、因纽特人和梅蒂斯人的权利。
渥太华,2020年10月22日–加拿大移民、难民和公民事务部长Marco E. L. Mendicino阁下发表以下声明。

“今天,加拿大政府提出了一项修订《公民法》的法案,以修改加拿大的公民宣誓。该法案建议在誓言中加入提及土著人民权利的文字。它继续履行我国政府的承诺,执行真相与和解委员会的行动呼吁,特别是第94号行动呼吁。

“加拿大政府仍然致力于走与土著人民和解的共同道路。对《公民法》的拟议修正案是实现和解的又一个重要步骤,表明政府对真相与和解委员会调查结果的承诺。

“新的拟议措辞增加了对第一民族、因努伊特人和梅蒂斯人的土著权利和条约权利的提及。

“我发誓(或申明),我将忠实并真正效忠于加拿大女王伊丽莎白二世陛下、她的继承人和继任者,我将忠实地遵守加拿大法律,包括承认和确认第一民族、因努伊特人和梅蒂斯人的土著权利和条约权利的《宪法》,并履行我作为加拿大公民的义务。

“宣誓是所有新移民在入籍仪式上都要背诵的庄严宣言。通过这一修正案,我们正在修改《公民宣誓》,使其更具包容性,并采取步骤从根本上改变我们与土著人民关系的性质,鼓励新的加拿大人充分理解和尊重土著人民在形成加拿大的结构和身份方面的重要作用。”

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