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2011_Citizenship Ceremony at MohawkThirty new Canadians were sworn in at a special ceremony held in the McIntyre Theatre at Mohawk College today. The event was part of Citizenship Week, an annual event held the third week of October that raises awareness of the value of Canadian citizenship.

Citizenship Week is an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the values that make Canada great. Last year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada held 1,723 swearing-in ceremonies across Canada, and welcomed 143,545 newcomers.

Today's ceremony at the College was the last step in a journey that involved years of transition, and in some cases, extreme hardship.

Mohawk hosts two citienship ceremonies a year and was the first college in the province to become a chapter of the Institute of Canadian Citizenship. The Institute is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to engaging Canadians about citizenship. It was founded and is co-chaired by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson (a former Governor General of Canada) and John Ralston Saul.