A revised oath of citizenship that will require new Canadians to faithfully observe the country’s treaties with Indigenous Peoples is nearly complete.

The proposed text will read as follows:

“We call upon the government of Canada to replace the Oath of Citizenship with the following: I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, her heirs, and successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, including treaties with Indigenous peoples, and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.”

Further information obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, show the government also wants to modify the script delivered by those who preside over citizenship ceremonies.

Lacking Real Action

Although some Canadians may find this to be beneficial, it more than anything screams of hypocrisy. As many Canadians repeat these sayings, there remains no real action to benefit or aid first nation individuals.

In that, there may be a uniquely Canadian moment. The idea of Saying sorry and not meaning it is what we may be best at. As words are free, while action potentially costly. So while these actions may make the governing party do better in terms of PR, it more than anything pushes away attention from areas where real improvement could be made.

For example paying for the education of First Nation schoolchildren, who still receive thirty per cent less funding than children in non-indigenous Canada. Or providing better programs to break the repeated cycle of alcoholism that ravages many first nation communities


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