Because February is Black History Month, ICC wanted their February ceremonies to be hosted by organizations that honour the occasion “We saw that MacEwan had been doing that, and we were also impressed with the work going on in the Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity,” says Mojann Zibapour, national program officer of building citizenship/agente de programme national, Renforcer la citoyenneté at ICC. “We also like to partner with academic institutions, so all of those elements really came together and it felt like a good fit for this ceremony.”
Prior to the ceremony, citizenship candidates gathered at tables to have conversations about their journeys and aspirations as new Canadians. Those conversations were facilitated by table hosts from the MacEwan community – including staff, students and alumni.
Among the new citizens was at least one who already felt at home at MacEwan. Sunny Leung moved to Canada from Hong Kong eight years ago, as a high school student. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Commerce at MacEwan University in 2019.
“It always makes me happy to be back here and see all the awesome staff and students again. So coming here for my citizenship ceremony was amazing. It felt really special,” says Sunny. “My family actually came to Canada because they saw opportunities for a good education here. Now I feel like my journey is over. I’m home.”
Congratulations to Sunny and his fellow new Canadians!
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.