The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.
Facilitators, communicators, connectors; friends and supporters of the Prince’s Charities Canada and the Manitoba Children’s Hospital Foundation – welcome to Government House and this celebration of partnership and philanthropy.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
On these lands, Manitobans have worked for nearly 150 years to build a province that brings people and communities together – a province that bridges differences of language, history and culture.
Since its founding in 2011, the Prince’s Charities Canada has touched lives across Canada through a profound commitment to bridge-building. Here in Manitoba, you have brought leaders of businesses and community organizations together and you have provided young people with opportunities to gain life-changing skills and work experience.
So this gathering of representatives of the Prince’s Charities Canada and its partners and supporters in Manitoba is cause of celebration. That it’s taking place on the day of His Royal Highness’s birthday is icing on the cake.
Those of us who are parents and grandparents will immediately think of children when we think of a birthday party. And this birthday party really is for the kids.
This initiative to produce books in Indigenous languages and use them as part of the treatment plan for children recognizes the holistic connections between mental and physical health, culture and learning.
A book is a gift that can fit in your hand and contain an entire world.
To all of those who are helping to make these gifts possible, or who have participated in previous projects with the Prince’s Charities Canada, I thank you for your commitment to youth and learning, to community and reconciliation.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.