On February 18, 2020, the Honourable Marco. E. L. Medicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship introduced a Bill to amend the Citizenship Act to change Canada’s Oath of Citizenship. This bill proposes to insert text that refers to the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The new proposed language adds references to the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples:
“I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, including the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.”