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Today marks the beginning of Citizenship Week in Canada, a celebration of what it means to be Canadian and an opportunity to reflect on the privileges and responsibilities that come with a passport, birth certificate or citizenship card.
"When you choose to become a Canadian citizen, you are making a commitment to embrace Canadian values and to strengthen your community, your province and your country," Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said in a statement earlier today. "Citizenship week is a time for all Canadians to remember and celebrate our freedoms, way of life and the institutions that have supported our peaceful, stable, and prosperous society."
In that spirit, we'll be digging through our archives this week to bring you some surprising things you might not know about your own country.
Ian Hanomansing on Chinese settlers
Ian Hanomansing of The National tells the story of Canada's first brush with multiculturalism on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
Tamara Podemski on Tonto
Actress Tamara Podemski talks about the Lone Ranger's "Indian sidekick", stereotypes and the groundbreaking role that Tonto played in popular culture.