Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai will visit Canada to receive Honorary Citizenship

The people of Canada are leading the world in their response to the refugee crisis. I am honoured by Parliament’s invitation and look forward to visiting this great nation of heroes.”                      — Malala Yousafzai

News from the Office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Posted April 3rd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s  Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced this April 3rd that Malala Yousafzai will visit Canada on April 12, 2017, to address Parliament and to officially receive the honorary Canadian citizenship bestowed upon her in 2014.

At 15 years old, Ms. Yousafzai was the target of Taliban assassins after she became an outspoken advocate for the right of girls to learn and to attend school. She has since become an international spokesperson for girls’ education and the rights of women and girls. In recognition of this work, she was named a co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Prime Minister Trudeau will take this opportunity to meet with Ms. Yousafzai to discuss girls’ empowerment through education and how they can actively contribute to the sustainable development of their communities and countries.

Quotes

“I am pleased to announce Malala Yousafzai’s upcoming visit to Canada. Ms. Yousafzai’s courageous response to those who threatened her life, and her advocacy for girls’ education, has inspired many millions of people around the world. Her story is one of determination and dignity, and Canada is proud to call her an honorary citizen of this great country. I look forward to attending the upcoming ceremony and witnessing the historic moment when she becomes the youngest person to address the Parliament of Canada.” Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“The people of Canada are leading the world in their response to the refugee crisis. I am honoured by Parliament’s invitation and look forward to visiting this great nation of heroes.” —Malala Yousafzai

Quick Facts 

  • In October 2014, the Norwegian Nobel Committee selected Malala Yousafzai as a co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • A native of Pakistan, she is the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • On October 21, 2014, the House of Commons unanimously supported bestowing honorary Canadian citizenship upon Ms. Yousafzai, to recognize her bravery in the fight for the rights of women and girls to go to school. 
  • Ms. Yousafzai is one of just six people to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. The others are Raoul Wallenberg, Nelson Mandela, the 14th Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the Aga Khan.

A Little Extra on Malala  through  Niagara At Large to youTo watch a trailer for the critically acclaimed movie documentary ‘He Named Me Malala’, which had one of its first screening at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015 and is  on on the shelves on DVD at NAL’ home base, click on the following –

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2 responses to “Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai will visit Canada to receive Honorary Citizenship

  1. Linda McKellar

    She better not try to cross the US border with that name!!!!

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  2. Malala Yousafzai has done more in her short life than most adults do in a lifetime. This young woman is a game changer. She is not only a bright light in a darkening world, she is also intelligent, courageous, and focused. Malala cares more for the cause to advance opportunities for women everywhere than she does for her own life. How many among us are so willing to fight for what we believe in.
    Canada were have to search far and wide to find a more worthy person to receive Honorary Citizenship. What a great Canadian she would make. Truly she is an example to all!

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