'It's such a good life': New citizens reflect on becoming Canadian
25 people from 11 different nations became Canadian citizens today at the Manitoba Legislature
Twenty-five new Canadians took the Oath of Allegiance and received their citizenship certificates, along with a special Manitoba welcome package, at a ceremony at the Manitoba Legislature Wednesday.
Divya Kaeley moved to Canada from India in 2012 with her husband and six-year-old son. She says her family loves every part of being Canadian.
"It's such a good life," said Kaeley, who added her family is very thankful they chose Canada.
Bilisa Shune is originally from Ethiopia and lived in Kenya for five years before moving to Canada in 2011. She had family in Ontario who helped her get sponsored by the government. She said becoming a Canadian means more than words can explain.
"It's special to be [in] Canada. Canada is nice country, where you can make your life better and you live peaceful life," said Shune.
Shune knows people who live in the U.S. In light of the travel ban which came into effect last week, she says she doesn't like what's happening there right now and is especially thankful to be in Canada.
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While Shune is happy to be here and now a Canadian citizen, she said she still worries about her large family back home, who she said aren't living in a safe or secure place.
Premier Brian Pallister and Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman were on hand at today's citizenship ceremony at the Manitoba Legislature.
The premier talked about the province being a hopeful place to build a new life and thanked each of the new Canadians for choosing to build their new lives in Manitoba.
Each year, roughly 10,000 immigrants become Canadian citizens in Manitoba.