"The citizens, coming from many lands and all parts of Canada, contribute to the distinctive and cosmopolitan aspect of Kitimat." Kitimat-Kemano: Five Years of Operation, 1954-1959, Aluminum Company of Canada
Kitimat had a strong community spirit from the start. People from many countries, were all in the same situation - adapting to a new way of life in a brand new town. Cultural groups formed - Italian, Portuguese, Greek, German - and grew in membership. The multicultural nature of Kitimat increased with the arrival of Sikh, Chinese, Filipino, and Finnish residents.
A record number of newcomers to Canada took out their citizenship papers in Kitimat. After five years of residency and study of Canadian history and laws, individuals becoming new Canadian citizens would take the oath of allegiance to their new land. The first Citizenship Court in Kitimat was 1956. From 1956 to 1964 inclusive, more than 1500 people became Canadian citizens in Kitimat. Northern Sentinel, June 25, 1964.