New Discover Canada guide offers information to immigrants and citizens
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that new information has been added to the study guide for new immigrants, Discover Canada: the Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship. All the information from the previous edition remains, and the new version further explores Canada’s values. Kenney explained that the new guide would help to define who Canadians are.
“We expect people who want to become Canadians to have a good understanding of their rights and responsibilities, and the values and institutions that are rooted in Canada’s history,” he said.
Updates to Discover Canada includes mention of new gay rights
The new guide includes a new section that reflects Canada’s views of gay rights, such as equal protection and equal treatment to lesbians and gays. In addition, the right to civil marriages for homosexual couples is mentioned.
As for forced marriage, the practice has been condemned in the update. The document also describes other “barbaric cultural practices”, such as honor killings, spousal abuse and female genital mutilation as intolerable.
There is a new pull-out box called “Becoming Canadian” that stresses to immigrants who are coming from violent or war-torn countries to refrain from bringing any negative behaviors or prejudices to Canada.
Since the War of 1812 will celebrate a bicentennial next year, more information about the war and its impact on Canada will be added to the new guide.
Some of the new images that have been added to the study guide are of the first woman MP, Agnes Macphail, and Paul Henderson’s Summit Series goal.
Discover Canada guide provides information for citizenship test
New applicants for Canadian citizenship are tested on details found in the Discover Canada study guide. Citizenship and Immigration Canada first introduced the guide in November 2009. Discover Canada was created in discussion with prominent Canadians such as authors and historians.