INAN - Prior attempts to change the Oath of Citizenship - Jan 28, 2021

In addition to the recent introduction of bills aiming to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #94, between 1998 and 2009, there were nine different attempts to pass bills aimed to introduce changes to the Oath of Citizenship that were unrelated to the inclusion of any reference to Indigenous peoples (three Government bills and six Private Members’ or Senate Public bills).

The bills covered a variety of proposed changes generally aimed at reflecting democratic Canadian values, including: making reference to upholding democratic values, pledging allegiance to Canada and not the monarch, pledging allegiance to both Canada and the monarch, and pledging allegiance to the monarch but not her heirs and successors. All were dropped or died on the Order Paper.


Bills related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #94

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