Day 19: Canadian Citizenship

The day we became Canadian citizens dawned like ever other day. The sun was shining outside and the breeze was a little cool. Many years had passed before this day; days that had been filled with hope, despair, and plenty of determination. On this particular morning, my family and I took our time dressing in our best clothes. We believed the ceremony to be a milestone of our stay in Toronto and wished to honour it well dressed.

The building in which the ceremony took place is like any other in Toronto: tall and faceless. We entered it and took the elevator up to the designated floor where we found the room easily. People were milling around the corridors waiting for the event to begin. Some were alone while others were chatting quietly with family members. When it was time, we all took our seats and listened to the judge that addressed us. He stressed the honour that was being given to us; and shared with us his own experience of becoming Canadian. I remember the ceremony ending with us all swearing allegiance to the Queen and then singing “O Canada” for the first time as Canadian citizens. We pinned the small Canadian flag we received onto our jackets and went to celebrate this milestone in an adjoining room with our new fellow Canadians.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt is: honour)


19 thoughts on “Day 19: Canadian Citizenship

  1. and for this milestone I like the words you gave us leading up to it..

    “hope, despair, and plenty of determination…”
    gosh, are those potent words that describe much 🙂


    1. Thank you Yvette. It was quite an emotional roller-coaster ride in the years preceding this moment. Thankfully my emotions have settled down and I no longer feel so terribly homesick 🙂


  2. yesss! congrats-félicitations, Colline! 🙂 je suis fière, honorée et reconnaissante d’être citoyenne française, même si je me considère “citoyenne du monde” et européenne convaincue… 🙂


  3. Congratulations to you and your family. I still remember my SA citizenship ceremony way back in 1967. I could not start teaching if I wasn’t a citizen. Last year my son became a NZ citizen and I attended the ceremony. Next year I ‘ll have the opportunity to become a NZ citizen too


  4. A very significant memorable occasion I would think Colline
    My wife has Canadian citizenship but lived in Chile for ten years.
    I think you can have dual citizenship in Canada, not really up to date on that aspect.


  5. Computer woes have kept me from regular blogging but wanted to stop by for a visit. This post caught my eye.
    I was born here, the first Canadian born to an immigrant family and although I am thrilled to call this country hone, it was simply a fine default. Had the opportunity to attend the Canadian citizenship ceremonies of two friends over the years and it is certainly a milestone event.
    In the light of recent tragic news events our national anthem has taken on a new significance: God keep our land glorious and free.
    Thanks for sharing.


    1. Thank you for the visit – and I hope that your computer woes soon end.
      I am grateful for the men and women who keep this land free. Their sacrifices are certainly what will help keep this country safe.


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