OTTAWA, October 15, 2014 – Over 140 youth from the Encounters with Canada program took part in the largest-ever bilingual citizenship-themed bingo game at the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. In celebration of Citizenship Week, taking place this year from October 13 until October 19, Historica Canada invited Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister and Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill, Costas Menegakis, to ask questions taken from Discover Canada, the guide newcomers use to study for their citizenship test. Michael Waugh from Blackville, New Brunswick was declared the winner of the 5th annual competition.
Attendees also heard from Passages Canada speaker, Maria Habanikova. “As a recent Canadian newcomer, I was thrilled to speak about my decision to move to Canada and become a dedicated citizen of this open and welcoming nation. I am always happy to give back to the country that has provided me with a unique opportunity to lead a better and more fulfilling life”.
“The Citizenship Challenge makes learning about Canada into an enjoyable exercise,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of Historica Canada. “And by including youth from our Encounters with Canada program, we engage students from across Canada in a way that makes them all more aware of our shared history as a country.”
“Citizenship Week is a time to reflect on what it means to be Canadian, to be grateful for our rights and freedoms and to recognize the responsibilities we have as Canadians,” said PS Menegakis. “One of those responsibilities is having knowledge of our great country and its history, traditions and values. On behalf of our government, I want to acknowledge the students taking part in today’s event and encourage them to be #CanadaProud during Citizenship Week.”
Do you happen to know who the first female Member of Parliament in Canada was? In what year was basketball invented by Canadian James Naismith? How many steps are there in the legislative process, during which a bill becomes law?
The Citizenship Challenge asks Canadians 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. The program is made possible through funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Historica Canada 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.
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