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Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

February 17, 2023 | Vision Newspaper |

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement, on February 10th:

“With Black History Month underway, I have the privilege of marking this important occasion with a special citizenship ceremony presided by Citizenship Judge Rochelle Ivri and featuring special guests.

As Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, I honour the past, present and future contributions of Black Canadians toward building a nation that is economically, socially and culturally prosperous.

This month and every month, we must continue to recognize systemic racism and racial discrimination faced by far too many people and communities in Canada and around the world. Given our nation building mandate, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada continues to actively work toward achieving racial equity, reaffirming that diversity is our strength through our Anti-Racism Strategy 2.0.

It is my privilege to extend a warm welcome to our newest citizens as we observe Black History Month. Last year, Canada achieved a historic milestone by welcoming 373,000 new citizens. Now, we are poised to surpass that record with even greater numbers. This remarkable growth showcases the strength and diversity of our country, as well as the abundant opportunities and freedoms it offers to all citizens.”

SOURCE Government of Canada

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