Phuong Nguyen, right, originally from Vietnam, is greeted by Oceanside RCMP Staff Sgt. Marc Pelletier after receiving her Canadian citizenship certificate. (Black Press Files)

New citizenship oath to include reference to treaties with Indigenous Peoples

It’s the 94th and final recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

A new citizenship oath will require new Canadians to faithfully observe treaties with Indigenous Peoples. It has been in development since earlier this year.

The only change to the oath is the addition of a reference to the treaties. It is from the 94th and final recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which examined the legacy of Canada’s residential schools.

Changing the wording of the oath requires a legislative amendment to the Citizenship Act, which the Liberals are currently in the process of overhauling along with a revised study guide for the citizenship exam, including extensive references to Indigenous history and culture.

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