Celebrate Citizenship Week, CANADA – October 17 – 23 !!!

Celebrate Citizenship Week

October 17 – 23, 2011

Canada’s Citizenship Week is intended to encourage all Canadians to reflect on the value of citizenship, what it means to be Canadian, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.


Canadians are proud of their citizenship. We value the rights and freedoms and accept the responsibilities that this status gives us.Learn about what being a citizen of Canada means:Citizenship Week — October 17-23, 2011
Canada’s Citizenship Week is intended to encourage all Canadians to reflect on the value of citizenship.

Citizenship Reaffirmation
Reaffirming your citizenship to show your commitment to Canada.

Rights and Responsibilities
Rights you have as a Canadian citizen, and the responsibilities of citizenship.

Education and Activities
Find citizenship information, ideas and activities for educators, youth leaders and interested Canadians.

Citizenship Ceremonies
Find a citizenship ceremony in your area.

Ten ways to celebrate Canada’s Citizenship Week:

  1. Display the Canada’s Citizenship Week poster in your office or home
  2. Get involved with CIC’s interactive campaign on Facebook and Twitter
  3. Reaffirm your citizenship by participating in or hosting a reaffirmation ceremony
  4. Attend a citizenship ceremony
  5. Take the “How Canadian Are You?” challenge or play one of the many citizenship games featured on CIC’s website.
  6. Read Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship. or any other citizenship resource – you might learn something new about Canada!
  7. Watch a video. on the CIC website to learn about the experiences of other Canadian citizens.
  8. Be a host to a newcomer.
  9. Participate! Volunteer and get involved in your community (organization or school).
  10. Proudly fly the Canadian flag.


Organizing a reaffirmation ceremony

You can organize a reaffirmation ceremony in your community, your place of work or your school. The following steps will help you plan your event.

Ceremony officials•Choose a master of ceremonies who can act as the presiding official, a guest speaker and a person to lead the group in the oath of citizenship, and in the singing of our national anthem, “O Canada.”
•Consider a guest speaker who will speak from the heart about citizenship and its rights, and responsibilities. This could be a school principal, a group leader, or someone from the community who has recently become a Canadian citizen.
•If there is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Order of Military Merit, or a citizenship judge in your community, consider inviting him or her to lead the oath of citizenship.

Reaffirmation ceremony program outline
•To facilitate the planning of your reaffirmation ceremony, a guide and a sample program are available.

Promotional material
• Reaffirmation certificates and “O Canada” national anthem bookmarks will serve as special souvenirs of the occasion. Make sure that you have sufficient inventories of these materials to distribute to all guests.


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