Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

July 01, 2011 09:00 ET

Canada Day Celebrated With Oath of Citizenship at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - July 1, 2011) - Forty-nine new Canadians were welcomed at a special Canada Day citizenship ceremony today at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. The new Canadians are from 27 countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Colombia, Congo Republic, Ecuador, England, Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America, Venezuela, Vietnam and Yugoslavia.

"On the birthday of our dominion, we are reminded of the value of our citizenship. We celebrate our many freedoms and rights, as well as our history, symbols, events, people, institutions and values that define us as Canadians and give us our identity," said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. "Everyone celebrating today at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is getting a chance to see the profound impact that immigration has had upon Canada's past and will have on our future."

Citizenship Judge Georgette Roy presided over the ceremony, with folklorist, heritage performer and singer/songwriter Rosalee Peppard leading the new Canadians in singing Canada's National Anthem as well as performing a medley of songs reflecting the founding cultures of Nova Scotia, including the French, English, Gaelic, African and Mi'Kmaq heritage.

This was the first citizenship ceremony held at Pier 21 since it became the first operating national museum of Canada outside of Ottawa on February 7 of this year.

Prior to this year, Pier 21 was a facility operated by a non-governmental, not-for-profit society. On July 1, 1999, Pier 21's official opening as a museum was launched with what would be the first of a series of annual Canada Day citizenship ceremonies. This yearly ceremony has become a signature event for the celebration of Canada's national birthday in Halifax.

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Contact Information

  • Candice Malcolm
    Minister's Office
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada

    Media Relations
    Citizenship and Immigration Communications
    Atlantic Region
    902-426-1419