During Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada you may see more Canada flags fluttering around than usual. The local organizing committee is very proud to announce reaffirmation of Canadian citizenship ceremonies will be part of our national celebration of hockey.
A reaffirmation ceremony is an event where participants repeat the oath of citizenship
to express their commitment to Canada followed by singing of our national anthem. A reaffirmation ceremony can be organized by your community, your place of work or your school to renew a sense of pride for our country and confirm respect for Canadian rights and values.
The festivities of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada include school visits and now reaffirmation ceremonies are planned for schools with both Kenora Catholic District School Board and Keewatin Patricia District School Board. While waving Canadian flags together, students will recite the oath of citizenship, learning about Canadian history and the importance of citizenship.
In addition, the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) game on Saturday night will begin with a reaffirmation ceremony where our entire arena filled with hockey fans will recite the oath together. This ceremony will be featured on the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada national broadcast, airing Saturday on Sportsnet and CBC. Not only is Kenora celebrating hockey, our flag, and our citizenship this week, we are celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Canada 150 campaign is an opportunity to engage and inspire Canadians in their communities and to celebrate our shared values, our achievements, the majesty of our environment and our place in the world. Kenora is one of the first communities in Canada to hold multiple reaffirmation ceremonies. It is anticipated during Canada 150 celebrations this year, Kenora will have inspired other communities to do the same.
“This year, during Canada’s 150th anniversary, there are many things to be thankful for: hockey, of course, but also this vast and diverse country that we call home. For Canadian citizens, both old and new, reaffirming their oath signifies their love and pride for Canada. It’s very inspiring to see students, who will be our future leaders, join in to recite the oath of citizenship. I am truly honoured to be invited to participate in this ceremony to express my thanks and gratitude for our country, our Canada, the home of the brave.” Honourable Robert D. Nault, P.C., M.P., Kenora Riding.
Celebrating our national pastime of hockey and what it means to be Canadian together is a perfect match and compliments this special opportunity to host the national event Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. We hope all Kenora citizens join us as we celebrate what it means to be Canadian: the rights we enjoy, the responsibilities we share, and the diversity that makes us strong.
More information about holding your own reaffirmation of citizenship ceremony can be found at http://www.cic.gc.ca.