Oct. 23, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A citizenship ceremony was held with students at Fredericton High School today to mark Citizenship Week, Oct. 19-25.
Citizenship Week is a national event recognizing the rights, responsibilities, freedoms and values inherent in Canadian society.
Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas, Alan Sears of the University of New Brunswick Citizenship Education Research and Development Group, FHS teachers Greg Peters and Andrew Rutledge and students talked about the importance of young people becoming active citizens.
"Students will enter a globalized workforce where they will interact across borders with many different cultures, languages and nationalities," said Education Minister Roland Haché. "Building an appreciation for our Canadian heritage, history, cultures, languages and values prepares students for their roles as active citizens in a self-sufficient New Brunswick."
Three citizenship posters designed by the Department of Education were unveiled during the ceremony. They promote civic engagement among students and will be distributed in both official languages to anglophone schools across the province.
The posters were released as part of the provincial government's commitment in the education plan, When kids come first, to promote citizenship education in the education system.
MEDIA CONTACT: Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455.