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Parliament is considering a bill to alter the Oath of Citizenship to include references to Indigenous people.
According to Newswire, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said the change will make the Oath of Citizenship “more inclusive” and serves as “one more vital step toward reconciliation.”
Mendicino also said that the change “demonstrates the Government’s commitment to the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has accused Canada of committing genocide.
The newly proposed to the Oath of Citizenship reads “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 fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.”