Celebrate Being Canadian During Citizenship Week!

October 25, 2013 | Iana

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Did you know that this week Canada celebrates Citizenship Week!

Citizenship and Immigration Canada offers many Citizenship Week events between October 21 - 27, 2013, in partnership with local organizations across the country, including here in Toronto and Mississauga.


Image: The Centre Block on Parliament  Hill in Ottawa in August 2012 - during the amazing annual Mosaika light  show.

Parliament Building Light Show Ottawa Aug 2012

[photo credit: personal archive]


Today is Friday, October 25 and there are two wonderful Reaffirmation Ceremonies being hosted at  Toronto Public Library branches. Those ceremonies are public events and are open for everyone to attend.

  •  Reaffirmation Citizenship Ceremony at 2pm and LSP Library Settlement Partnership Celebrations 2-5pm, Agincourt Library (Sheppard Ave. East/ Kennedy Rd. location map)    Friday, October 25, 2013, 2pm.


"A reaffirmation ceremony is a formal event where participants repeat the oath of citizenship to express their commitment to Canada. If you are already a Canadian citizen, you can participate in a reaffirmation ceremony."


If you would like to symbolically take part in the Canadian Citizenship "Reaffirmation Ceremony" and celebrate what it is to be Canadian - please enjoy the following resources below:


Please say the words of the  "The Oath of Citizenship": 

"I reaffirm 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 and fullfil my duties as a Canadian citizen."


Please listen to The Canadian Anthem (song and lyrics):



Have a look at the interesting resources that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has put together in honour of Citizeneship Week 2013.

CIC is collecting video and written testimonials on Facebook and Twitter -  share your stories of what makes YOU proud to be Canadian!

You can read some of the submitted experiences of new Canadians on the website of Citizeneship Week: New Citizens Reflect on Being Canadian


Watch this fascinating visual documentary: Canada Shared by Canadians - Keep Exploring:

The Canadian Tourism Commission asked Canadians to pick up their cameras and share some of Canada's best travel experiences. Here is just 2 minutes from 65 hours of video and 7,000 submissions. To see more amazing photos and videos of real inspiring journeys, visit http://bit.ly/CanadaShared




Take a Quiz! How Canadian are You, eh? 

Test your knowledge of Canadian history with this challenging,  multiple-choice quiz! The quiz is different every time, so you can play more than once! Most of the information you need is found in the Discover Canada study guide.


Previous "NEW TO CANADA" blog posts related to Citizenship:


Borrow some interesting reads about Canada from our library branches.

Only in Canada You Say book      This is My Country What is Yours       Oxford Canadian Dictionary

Watch the acclaimed CBC documentary series Canada: A People's History on the library's website in an e-video format or borrow the DVDs or VHS copies. You just need to login with yoru library card to watch those videos.


101 Canadian Jokes  How to Be a Canadian    Crazy Canadian Trivia 4


Enjoy this free online "The Canadian Encyclopedia " - www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com

Originally published in book form in 1985, The Canadian Encyclopedia has been available free of charge online since 1999. The Encyclopedia is the most authoritative and comprehensive reference of all things Canadian (from Pierre Trudeau and Louis Riel to the Great Depression and the NHL) for students, readers and scholars across Canada and throughout the world. The content of The Canadian Encyclopedia is updated daily, and is available in both official languages. It is home to more than 40,000 articles, 6,000 interactive maps, graphs, photographs and animations.

The Canadian Enclyclopedia staff also run a weekly TCE blog that promotes the history, culture, and traditions of Canada and its people, both past and present.

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Happy Citizenship Week!