Ottawa, October 22, 2013 – Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander led local students in a quiz show competition against local journalists at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. In celebration of Citizenship Week and its Citizenship Challenge, Historica Canada invited iPolitics journalist Laura Beaulne-Stuebing and CBC journalist Meg Wilcox to match wits with students from St. Patrick’s Catholic High School and Nepean High School. The questions were taken from Discover Canada, the guide newcomers use to study for their citizenship test. Since this year was a tie, Minister Alexander awarded prizes to both the students and journalist as winners of the 4th annual competition.
“Citizenship is a pledge of mutual responsibility and a shared commitment to values rooted in our history,” said Alexander. “As Canadians look confidently to the future, we draw great strength from our past and celebrate the events that have shaped who we are as a people today.”
The event’s “citizenship” theme was further reinforced when attendees heard from Passages Canada speaker, Shirin Edarechi. An immigration consultant from Iran, Mrs. Edarechi, shared her unique story of becoming a citizen. Passages Canada is a storytelling initiative of Historica Canada, also supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
“Learning about the history and qualities that define us as Canadians should be fun as well as informative. The Citizenship Challenge is designed with both those qualities in mind. That’s what makes it such a popular event, and why we are so proud to be hosting it,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of Historica Canada.
The Citizenship Challenge asks youth, from grade 7 to 12, to put their national knowledge to the test, by studying for and writing a citizenship exam. Do you believe all Canadians should be ready to answer the same questions about their country as new Canadians? We do. Visit www.citizenshipchallenge.ca.
Historica Canada, formerly known as The Historica-Dominion Institute, is the largest independent organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada. Visit www.HistoricaCanada.ca.
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