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REPORTING · 27th June 2011
Walter McFarlane
The Citizenship Ceremonies were in Kitimat this year, at Roy Wilcox School on Tuesday, June 14th. Just over 40 people representing 18 countries took the oath of Canadian Citizenship. The Girl Guides served as flag bearers to the Ceremony and the Grade Five Roy Wilcox Students, who are studying citizenship were invited to sit in.

Canada's Senior Judge, George Springate, administered the oath of citizenship. He welcomed them to the ceremony and congratulated them for taking the challenges which accompany moving to a new country. The new Canadian Citizens took the oath in both English and French.

After taking the oath and receiving their certificate, MLA Robin Austin and Mayor Joanne Monaghan addressed the new citizens. Both of them also immigrated to Canada and took oaths of citizenship.

Monaghan also encouraged the people to get involved, join clubs or run for political office. She encouraged them to run for an office in the upcoming 2011 elections or, at least, vote.

School District Chair Barry Pankhurst and School District Superintendent, Nancy Wells also addressed the new citizens as well. Pankhurst also encouraged the new citizens to get involved. Wells encouraged them to see the country.

Springate explained Canadians are promised by the charter of rights and freedoms, the freedom of thought, freedom of belief, freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of assembly. The charter protects Canadians from abuse by state. He expressed the Canadian military paid a price for this freedom.

The ceremony ended with the singing of O Canada.