The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, October 19, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.
Creators of harmony, speakers of the universal language of music, members and friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, welcome to Government House and to Manitoba.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
Tonight, we have gathered in the city that was the birthplace of Western Canada, near the east-west centre of our country, to experience the power of music as a force that can bring a great nation together.
Throughout this special year, we have been blessed with the opportunity to reflect on Canada and the 150th anniversary year of Confederation.
This remarkable tour by the National Arts Centre Orchestra – featuring 150 different community and educational events and more than a dozen major concerts – is a wonderful reflection of the Canada we celebrate and seek to build.
This week, throughout Winnipeg, the NAC Orchestra is bringing people together to explore different musical traditions, to discuss the ways art can contribute to community building, and, as we will see later tonight, to fuse music with poetry, film and dance.
All across our country, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and its partners are demonstrating that Canada is our stage. It is a vast and beautiful stage, on which many voices are raised.
It is a stage where notes of beauty resonate for generations.
To all of those who have made this tour possible, I thank you for bringing your artistry to Manitoba. May your travels across our country inspire further creativity as we move into our next 150 years.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.