The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, August 24, 2017 – 12:00 p.m.
Manitobans, educators and life-long learners, it’s a pleasure to join you in your two-day immersion in democracy and welcome you to Government House.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
For more than 130 years – longer than the Golden Boy has been standing on his perch – Government House has been a symbol of Canada’s system of government in our province.
And during that time, Manitoba’s Lieutenant Governors have greeted kings and queens, prime ministers, and foreign heads of state within these walls.
But this old house is also a place for Manitobans. Like Lieutenant Governors before me, I’ve had the pleasure of hosting thousands of Manitobans here at gatherings like this, at receptions to honour volunteers and recipients of youth awards, or to greet visitors participating in conferences and special events.
I always come away from these events inspired, because they remind me every time of the dedicated, passionate, talented people in Manitoba and in Canada who are working to make this a better place for everybody.
I particularly enjoy the chance to meet young people and the teachers who have dedicated their careers to inspiring and leading them in discovery.
Your choice of career is a noble one. We are a better place because of the passion for learning that motivates our province’s teachers.
Your decision to dedicate these two days to exploring our system of government is something especially praiseworthy.
Whether you are teaching elementary school children about the basic rights and responsibilities of living in society, or guiding high school students through the intricacies our system of government, your experience during these two days will benefit your students in the year ahead and long after.
I suspect they already benefit from the passion for learning and the love for Canada that inspires you to be here.
In this year when we commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, your commitment to help your students learn about democracy is the greatest birthday present you could give our country.
May the year ahead bring you joy and laughter!
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.