Author Topic: Changing the Oath of Citizenship  (Read 404 times)

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Offline cybercoma

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Re: Changing the Oath of Citizenship
« Reply #30 on: February 07, 2017, 02:07:14 pm »
Why would you want to make an oath functionally useless? Why have an oath at all in that case. It isn't extending an olive branch, patronizing someone with something that has no meaning is just insulting.
Look at the passage.

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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 fulfill my
duties as a Canadian citizen.

Emphasis mine.

They're simply recognizing in an official manner that the treaties with the indigenous peoples are law. It's giving notice to the fact that the indigenous peoples have treaties with us and that we must observe that. You, as someone who's never taken the oath but are a citizen, must observe that because the government you elect must observe its treaties. There's nothing you can do to change that. This simply highlights the unique relationship the indigenous peoples have with the country and it makes new citizens verbally acknowledge that relationship.

Here's the full report if you care to read it. http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf