Sunday, November 29, 2009

525)SECTION 15: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND PHOTO CREDITS; The Stephen Harper Government's Citizenship Guide; Quotes Of Minister Jason Kenney

Among the tens of thousands of people from six continents who visit my Blog there must be a significant number who may show an interest in becoming Canadian citizens now or in the future. Consequently I am showcasing on my Blog the Stephen Harper Conservative Government's magnificent new Citizenship Guide for prospective Canadian citizens unveiled on November 12th 2009, the day after Rememberance Day. When I read the online version of this booklet I came away feeling a deep sense of awe and admiration for the country I have lived in for the past 36 years, 5 as a landed immigrant and 31 as a citizen. Indeed this booklet should not just be required reading for prospective Canadians but also for established Canadian citizens of all ages. It's always refreshing to remind ourselves about our secular democracy-its evolution, history, system of government, regions, rights and responsibilities, justice system, economy, symbols, achievements and much, much more. The text of the booklet has been carefully researched and well written and the many photographs wisely chosen. While I have reproduced all the text from the Guide in the following Blogposts one cannot fully appreciate the material without also looking at the photographs and their captions. For that reason each Blogpost has two links to the original page on the Citizenship And Immigration Canada(CIC) website, one at the beginning and one at the end of the post.

On another forum I made the following comment to commemorate Rememberance Day on November 11th 2009: Canada is a stable secular democratic state with a solid, longstanding and admirable history. It is not a disparate bunch of autonomous multicultural fiefdoms as some political parties would have you beleive. Canada is the Magna Carta(1215), War of 1812, British North America Act(1867), Boer War(1899-1902), Vimy Ridge, Ypres and Paschendale(1914-1918), Dieppe, Monte Cassino, D-Day, Juno Beach, Belgium and Holland(1939-1945), Korean War(1950-1953), Cold War(1917-1989), Vietnam War(1960's) and Afghanistan(post 2001).

Study Guide – Discover Canada
The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship


Government of Canada Departments and Agencies

Canadian Heritage
Canadian Human Rights Commission
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
Elections Canada
Environment Canada
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Industry Canada
Justice Canada
Library and Archives Canada
Library of Parliament
Natural Resources Canada
Parks Canada
Veterans Affairs Canada


Canada’s National History Society
Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA)
Historica — Dominion
Institute for Canadian Citizenship


Dr. Janet Ajzenstat
Mr. Curtis Barlow
Dr. Randy Boyagoda
Mr. Marc Chalifoux
General John de Chastelain
The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson
Mr. Andrew Cohen
Mr. Alex Colville
Ms. Ann Dadson
Dr. Xavier Gélinas
Dr. Jack Granatstein
Mr. Rudyard Griffiths
Dr. Lynda Haverstock
Dr. Peter Henshaw
Dr. D. Michael Jackson
Senator Serge Joyal
Dr. Margaret MacMillan
Dr. Christopher McCreery
Mr. James Marsh
Fr. Jacques Monet, SJ
Dr. Jim Miller
Ms. Deborah Morrison
Dr. Desmond Morton
Mr. Bernard Pothier
Mr. Colin Robertson
Dr. John Ralston Saul

Photo credits

Section 1:
Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada: Canadian Heritage
Taking the oath of citizenship: Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Section 2:
Family: Stock image
Parliament Hill: Canadian Tourism Commission
Boy holding Canadian flags: Stock image

Section 3:
Taking the oath of citizenship: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Taking the oath of citizenship: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Taking the oath of citizenship: MaRS Discovery District
Canadian Passport: Passport Canada
Boy at Citizenship Ceremony: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Citizenship Judge and Mountie: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Family at Citizenship Ceremony: Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Section 4:
Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada: Library and Archives Canada PA-141503
Woman donating blood: Stock image
Children’s program: Debbie Farnand
Man and woman: Stock image
Canadian Army General and Navy sailor shaking hands: National Defence
Canadian Air Force Pilot: National Defence, Master Corporal John Bradley
Canadian Forces participating in the annual Nijmegen Marches in the Netherlands: Canadian Forces Combat Camera, Master Corporal Robert Bottrill

Section 5:
Métis from Alberta: Fred Carroll
Cree dancer: Fred Cattroll
Inuit children in Iqaluit, Nunavut: Fred Cattroll
Haida artist Bill Reid carves a totem pole: Chris Hopkins
Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor General of Canada (novelist John Buchan), in Native attire: (Year of the Portrait), Yousuf Karsh, Library and Archives Canada
St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Montreal, Quebec: Jimmy James
Highland dancer at Glengarry Highland Games, Maxville, Ontario: Mario Groleau
Celebrating Fête Nationale, Gatineau, Quebec: Patrick Guillot
Acadian fiddler, Village of Grande-Anse, New Brunswick: Canadian Tourism Commission
Celebration of cultures, Edmonton, Alberta: Canadian Tourism Commission
Ismaili Muslims in the Calgary Stampede, Alberta: Ismaili Council
Caribbean cultural festival, Toronto, Ontario: Ontario Tourism
Ukrainian Pysanka Festival, Vegreville, Alberta: Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce
Young Polish dancers in Oliver, British Columbia: Stock image
Pipes and drums in Ottawa: National Defence – Corporal Bern LeBlanc
Winter fun in Whistler, British Columbia: Canadian Tourism Commission
Kids playing hockey in the street: Paul Chambers
Sailing, Toronto harbour: Canadian Tourism Commission
Cadets white-water rafting: Cadets Canada
Christmas in Gatineau, Quebec: Rob Wiebe
Chinese-Canadian war veterans: Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society
Notre-Dame des Victoires, Quebec City: Stock image
Chinese New Year celebration, Vancouver, British Columbia: Paul Clarke
Olympian Marjorie Turner-Bailey of Nova Scotia: The Black Loyalist Heritage Society

Section 6:
Indian encampment, fur trade era: Library and Archives Canada C-040293
John Cabot: Oil on canvas by Ernest Board, Bristol’s City Museum and Art Gallery
Jacques Cartier: Library and Archives Canada C-011226
Count Frontenac: Library and Archives Canada C-073710
Pierre Le Moyne: Louisiana State Museum
Sir Guy Carleton: Library and Archives Canada C-002833
The first elected Assembly of Lower Canada, in Quebec City: Collection of the National Assembly of Quebec
Lieutenant Colonel John Graves Simcoe, Upper Canada’s first Lieutenant Governor: Library and Archives Canada C-008111
Mary Ann (Shadd) Carey: Library and Archives Canada C-029977
HMS Shannon, a Royal Navy frigate, leads the captured USS Chesapeake into Halifax harbour, 1813: Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management N-2301 & CN-1139
Major General Sir Isaac Brock and Chief Tecumseh: Library and Archives Canada C‑011052
Militiaman, Lower Canada Sedentary Militia, 1813: G.A. Embleton, © Parks Canada
The Fathers of Confederation: House of Commons Collection, Ottawa (Artist – Rex Woods)
Sir Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine: Library and Archives Canada C-005961
Dominion of Canada one dollar note, 1923: National Currency Collection, Currency Museum, Bank of Canada
Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of the Dominion of Canada: Library and Archives Canada C‑006536
Sir Sam Steele: Library and Archives Canada PA-028147
Gabriel Dumont: Library and Archives Canada PA-117943
Members of the train crew pose with a westbound Pacific Express: Canadian Pacific Archives A17566
Chinese workers’ camp on the CPR, Kamloops, 1886: Library and Archives Canada C-021990
Sergeant, Fort Garry Horse, Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1916: Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces
Lieutenant General Sir Arthur Currie 1919: Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, CWM19710261-0539. Beaverbrook Collection of War Art © Canadian War Museum
Maple Leaf cap badge from the First World War: Maple Leaf cap badge CWM 19820048-001 © Canadian War Museum
The Vimy Memorial in France: Canadian Forces Combat Camera, Sergeant Jerry Kean
Canadian nurses nicknamed the“Bluebirds” served in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps: Richard Mathews
Nursing Sister: Richard Mathews, CWM 19710261-6070, Beaverbrook Collection of War Art © Canadian War Museum
Canadian soldiers observe Remembrance Day: Canadian Forces Combat Camera, Master Corporal Robert Bottrill
Remembrance Day poppy: Stock image
Canadian war veteran: Canadian Forces Combat Camera, Master Corporal Frank Hudec
Scouts with Remembrance Day wreath: Patrick Tam
Phil Edwards: Library and Archives Canada PA-150992
The 1st Battalion, The Regina Rifle Regiment, Assault Landing at Courseulles, France, June 1944: Royal Regina Rifles Trust Fund, Painting by O.N. Fisher, 1950
Give – The Canadian Red Cross, CWM 19720114-023, © Canadian War Museum

Section 7:
Toronto business district: Stock image
Vietnamese-Canadians: Alex Pylyshyn
F-86 Sabre, Royal Canadian Air Force: National Defence
Cirque du Soleil: Photo: OSA Images, Costume: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt, @ 2007 Cirque du Soleil
The Jack Pine, Tom Thomson: Tom Thomson, Tom Thomson, The Jack Pine, 1916-1917, photo © National Gallery of Canada, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Donovan Bailey: COC/The Canadian Press/Claus Andersen
Chantal Petitclerc: Canadian Paralympic Committee/Benoit Pelosse
Terry Fox: Ed Linkewich
Wayne Gretzky: The Canadian Press, Mike Ridewood
Mark Tewksbury: The Canadian Press, Ted Grant
Canadian Football: The Saskatchewan Roughriders
The Canadarm2: Canadian Space Agency
Sir Frederick Banting: Library and Archives Canada PA-123481

Section 8:
Queen Elizabeth II opening the 23rd Parliament (1957): Photograph by Malak, Ottawa
Parliament Hill: Stock image
Michaëlle Jean, the 27th Governor General since Confederation: Rideau Hall, Sgt Serge Gouin, GG2009-0282-033

Section 9:
House of Commons chamber: Stock image
House of Commons in session: House of Commons
Election photos: Elections Canada
Provincial Assembly of Charlottetown, PEI: Government of Prince Edward Island

Section 10:
Scales of Justice, Vancouver Law Courts: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Jury benches: Dan Carr
Ottawa police constable helping a young boy at the Aboriginal Day Flotilla: Ottawa Police Service, Constable Steve Lewis, Jacob Brown
Handcuffs: Correctional Services Canada
Border guard with sniffer dog: Canada Border Services Agency

Section 11:
Mace of the House of Commons: Ottawa House of Commons Collection, Ottawa, Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company (Great Britain)
Canadian Flag of 1965: Stock image
The Royal Arms of Canada: Bank of Canada
Parliament at dusk: Stock image
The Snowbirds: National Defence
Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup champions, 1978: CHC – Denis Brodeur
RCMP Musical Ride, Ottawa, Ontario: Patrick Guillot
A beaver, Algonquin Park, Ontario: Steve Urszenyi
Oscar Peterson, Norah Willis Michener and Governor General Roland Michener, 1973: John Evans / Library and Archives Canada / e002107535-v6
Alexander Roberts Dunn, V.C: Sharif Tarabay
Able Seaman William Hall, V.C.: Library and Archives Canada NLC-8759
Brig. Paul Triquet, V.C: Mr. Adam Sherriff Scott, CWM 19710261-5841, Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, © Canadian War Museum
Sgt. Filip Konowal, V.C. : Arthur Ambrose McEvoy, CWM 19710261-6070, Beaverbrook Collection of War Art © Canadian War Museum
Honorary Air Marshal William Avery Bishop, VC, DSO and Bar, MC, DFC: Alphonse Jongers, VC, DSO and Bar, MC, DFC CWM 19680068-001, Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, © Canadian War Museum
Robert Hampton Gray, V.C.: Sharif Tarabay

Section 12:
Oil pumpjacks in southern Alberta: Stock image
Atlantic lobster: Stock image
Hydro-electric dam on the Saguenay River, Quebec: Stock image
Lumber truck: Stock image
Toronto’s financial district: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Car assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario: Ford of Canada
Port of Vancouver: Stock image
Research laboratory: The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck
RIM’s BlackBerry: Stock image
Ice wine grapes, Niagara Region, Ontario: Stock image

Section 13:
Ottawa’s Rideau Canal: Stock image
Banff National Park: Stock image
Peggy’s Cove Harbour: Stock image
“The Edge” Newfoundland and Labrador: Canadian Tourism Commission
Moose: Ontario Tourism
Point Prim, Prince Edward Island: Canadian Tourism Commission
Anne of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island: Smudge 9000
Destroyer HMCS Athabasca (DD282), in the foreground, and HMCS Toronto (FF333) sail through Halifax Harbour on February 17, 2009, for an annual sailpast: Canadian Forces Combat Camera, Private Martin Roy
Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia: Stock image
Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick: Canadian Tourism Commission
Whale: Canadian Tourism Commission
Percé Rock: Stock image
Petit Champlain, Quebec City: Stock image
Muskoka Skeleton Lake, Ontario: Ontario Tourism
Toronto Skyline: Stock image
Pisew Falls, Manitoba: Stock image
Golden Boy statue: Government of Manitoba
Wheat fields in Saskatchewan: Stock image
Coronach, Saskatchewan: Canadian Tourism Commission
Alberta rancher: Stock image
Alberta oil pump jack: Stock image
Vancouver skyline: Stock image
Orca: Stock image
Family searching for gold, Dawson City, Yukon: Canadian Tourism Commission
Takhini Hot Springs Road, Yukon: Canadian Tourism Commission
Northern lights, Northwest Territories: Canadian Tourism Commission
Polar bear: Stock image
Pangnirtung, Nunavut: Lindsay Terry
Inukshuk, Nunavut: Stock image
The Canadian Rangers: National Defence
An Inuit boy in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut: Clarkework Orange Photography
The caribou (reindeer): Stock image

Quotes Of Canadian Minister Of Citizenship, Immigration And Multiculturalism Hon. Jason Kenney(2009):

1)When you become a citizen, you're not just getting a travel document into Hotel Canada.
2)I think it's scandalous that someone could become a Canadian not knowing what the poppy represents, or never having heard of Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Dieppe or Juno Beach.
3)We mention freedom of conscience and freedom of religion as important rights but we also make it very clear that our laws prohibit barbaric cultural practices, they will not be tolerated, whether or not someone claims that such practices are protected by reference to religion.
4)I think we need to reclaim a deeper sense of citizenship, a sense of shared obligations to one another, to our past, as well as to the future, a kind of civic nationalism where people understand the institutions, values and symbols that are rooted in our history.

Easy Nash