ICC kicks off countdown to sesquicentennial

July 1, 2016

The ICC kicked off the countdown to Canada’s sesquicentennial on its 149th birthday, celebrating with over 150 new citizens at 4 community citizenship ceremonies across Ontario on July 1st.

At the Rideau Canal National Historic Site in Ottawa, the ICC hosted its second ceremony in partnership with Parks Canada for 50 new citizens, their friends and family, and many curious onlookers. It was a special day for all the new citizens, but especially for Ferline Regis, who had been asked to perform the national anthem at the ceremony. A few weeks before the big day, her mother, who had moved to Canada from Haiti, received an invitation to her citizenship ceremony: it was scheduled for July 1st at the Rideau Canal National Historic Site.

At the base of the Ottawa Locks, with the Canadian Museum of History across the river, roundtable discussions were led by staff of the Bytown Museum, Parks Canada, and other community leaders, including Simon Brascoupe of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, who began the event with a traditional welcome song. Ferline Regis hosted one of many bilingual roundtables with her family, and delivered a passionate and beautiful performance of O Canada. Special guests in attendance included Minister Catherine McKenna, MPP Yasir Naqvi, ICC CEO Charlie Foran, Order of Military Merit Luc Cassivi, and Senior Citizenship Judge Renata Brum Bozzi, who presided over the ceremony.