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240 Fort McMurray Residents Officially Become Canadian Citizens

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7

The country officially has 240 new citizens – all living in Wood Buffalo.

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship held three ceremonies at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre over the past two days.

On Thursday, 72 individuals from 22 different nationalities were officially sworn in during the second session.

One of the new Canadians is Yin Wong who’s actually lived in Fort McMurray for 19 years but originally came from Malaysia.

She tells Mix News it’s a special honour to officially be a citizen of the ‘Great White North.’

“It’s great, it means freedom, it’s awesome.”

The reason she made the trek across the world was the opportunity for her and her husband to get great jobs.

Wong says she’s also eager to get out and start voting in upcoming elections.

Prior to the ceremonies, each individual was given a chance to speak at a roundtable discussion, expressing their desire to become a citizen, among other questions.

Director of the Building Citizenship Program with the ICC Alykhan Haji says this opportunity allows these citizens a voice right away.

“Gives them the opportunity to share with us the stories and journeys that it’s taken them to get to this day, for many it’s been many many years.”

Haji adds the discussions are a nice way to end a long process that can take years to complete.

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