History was made along the South Saskatchewan River as 15 people officially became Canadian citizens.
The people from 8 different countries took the oath and sang the Canadian anthem aboard The Prairie Lily to officially become Canadian citizens. It was the first time in the country’s history that a citizenship ceremony was held on water.
Joanne Braun moved to Canada from the Philippines six years ago, but finally became a citizen Tuesday. She works as an immigration paralegal in Saskatoon, helping immigrants move to Canada, so she says it’s surreal to take part in the ceremony she’s helped others get to.
Braun also shared a light story about how she learned the Canadian anthem to the other new citizens. She says her fiance plays both ice and ball hockey and she plays underwater hockey, so through hearing the anthem before each game, she was able to learn and then sing it herself.
Prakash Vuppalapati also moved to Canada from India 6 years ago, and says it’s a great feeling to finally be a Canadian citizen. He says its a big achievement for himself, but also understands it’s a great responsibility for him to contribute to the country.
By becoming a citizen, the fifteen Canadians will be able to vote in elections and carry a Canadian passport.