Nobel Peace Prize winner to receive honorary Canadian citizenship

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will receive her honorary Canadian citizenship in Ottawa next Wednesday and the 19-year-old Pakistani woman will also address Parliament.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper was to have presented the award in Toronto in October 2014, but the event was cancelled on a day when a gunman attacked Parliament Hill after killing a soldier at the National War Memorial.

Yousafzai became an global symbol for girls' rights after surviving a 2012 attack by a Taliban gunman, who shot her in the head while she was riding a bus home from school in Pakistan.

Yousafzai is one of six people to have been awarded honorary Canadian citizenship.

She joins Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, and the Aga Khan.