What it means for ME to be a Canadian Citizen (My Fundamental Freedoms…
What it means for ME to be a Canadian Citizen
My Fundamental Freedoms
Freedom of religion
I can go to the temple and pray according to my religion
Freedom of thought/expression
I can talk about any issue without facing any serious consequences
If I want to talk to the press/be a journalist/host of a talk show, I am free to say/print/write whatever I want
Freedom of peaceful assembly
I can peacefully protest against issues
Freedom of Association
I can form a group and/or talk to anyone I'd like without hiding from the government or worrying about serious consequences
My Democratic Rights
I have a right to vote
I can vote for any representative without any direct persuasion and/or consequences
My voice is heard during elections, and I am apart of a big decision involving the country's well-being as well my own
House of Commons legislative assembly cannot stay the same for more than 5 years
If the party I didn't vote for and/or don't like gets elected, it cannot continue for more than 5 terms.
The parliament has to meet at least once a year
If there is an important topic that needs to be discussed, then it will be in the Parliament when they meet. It will not be ignored.
My Mobility Rights
I can leave/enter Canada whenever I want
If I want to move to America, then Canada or anyone else cannot stop me from leaving the country
I can move and/or make a living anywhere inside Canada
I can move to another province, for example, Alberta, and make a living there. No one can stop me from leaving the province.
I have the right to life, liberty, and security (unless I break the law)
I expect the police, other Canadian citizens, and everyone else in Canada to give me the same respect that I should give them
I expect to be treated with respect unless I have done something to break the law which means I will receive fair trial.
I have the right to a translator if I don't speak/understand the language used in court
This shows me that Canada attempts to give everyone the same resources to show equality, no matter what native or first language one speaks.
My Equality Rights
I have equal benefit and protection from the law without facing discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental/physical ability.
If I am applying for a job, I expect that my age, race, sex, or national/ethnic religion will not play a part in the deciding process.
If I am faced with any such injustice that violates my equality rights, I expect the government/police to do something about it.
My Education Rights
I have equal access to elementary
and secondary education.
Responsibilities of being a good Canadian citizen
If the country needs help, then I should be there along with the others to be of use to aid the country, or to do anything in my power to serve and protect the country.
I should volunteer as much as I can so I can selflessly contribute and give back to the community
It is my responsibility to also contribute to the economy by getting a purposeful job, or helping out/contributing as much as I can.
If I know something, I should go and inform officials that could use the information.
If I have a complaint or if there is a big issue that needs to be pushed and addressed, then it is my responsibility to go out and do something about it.
It is my responsibility to stay informed so I can use my freedom to vote in the favour of the right person, and help my country in any way possible.