Reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples of Canada is a non-partisan and urgent issue;
Reconciliation is the shared responsibility of all people – existing and new Canadians alike;
Updating the oath of citizenship to include respect and recognition of Indigenous treaty rights is a clear signal to incoming Canadians about the values of the country they are joining and the role they have in furthering those values;
The proposed amendment to Canada’s Oath of Citizenship directly responds to Call to Action No. 94 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and
The House of Commons has the ability to pass bills quickly with unanimous consent from all parties.
We, the undersigned, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, citizens and soon-to-be citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to cooperate and Pass Bill C-99 to update Canada’s Oath of Citizenship to respect and recognize Indigenous rights before the House rises on June 21, 2019.
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