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Honorary Citizenship of Canada

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Honorary Canadian citizenship (French: Citoyenneté canadienne honoraire) is an honour wherein Canadian citizenship is bestowed by the Governor-General-in-Council,[1] with the approval of parliament where appropriate,[2] on foreigners of exceptional merit. It is a symbolic honour; the recipient does not take the Oath of Citizenship and thus does not receive any rights, privileges, or duties typically held by a Canadian citizen.[2]

To date, the following people have had this honour bestowed upon them:

  1. Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat and Holocaust hero; awarded posthumously in 1985.[3]
  2. Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, former President of South Africa and recipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize; awarded in 2001.[4]
  3. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama and recipient of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize; awarded in 2006.[5]
  4. Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese opposition leader and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize; awarded in 2007.[6]
  5. His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims; awarded in 2011.[7][8]

On October 15, 2013, the Canadian Press reported that the upcoming Speech from the Throne would include mention of plans to make Malala Yousafzai an honorary Canadian citizen.[9]

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