The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, August 17, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.
Students, leaders, mentors, participants in one of humanity’s greatest adventures – welcome to Government House and this celebration of human understanding and human rights.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
We are gathered in a city where people have been coming together to learn and share since time immemorial.
Not far from this historic residence, nations of the southern and western prairies and nations of the northern and eastern forests met for many generations to trade, to make alliances and to share stories and culture along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.
And near those same rivers, fur trade posts and, later, railroad stations brought together people from across Canada and around the world to build this city and this province.
The community they built gradually grew into one that has been at the forefront of advocating for the rights of all to live in freedom and dignity.
Manitobans are delighted and honoured that at the heart of this city, which itself sits at the heart of North America, we have the beautiful and inspiring Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Manitobans think of the beautiful building with its striking tower as a jewel in Winnipeg’s skyline.
But far more precious than its physical beauty is what it stands for – the great journey the human race has taken towards a world where all women, men and children can live free of fear and discrimination.
As participants in the Rotary Adventure in Human Rights program, or as supporters of this unique experience, you are embarking on a stage of that journey this week.
It’s a journey that is not measured in kilometres. It’s a journey measured in new understanding, in empathy, in personal commitment to building a better world.
To those of you who have travelled from outside of Manitoba to take this trip, I welcome you to our province and I wish you a memorable visit.
To all of you, I hope the people you meet and the ideas you encounter this week will inspire you to become leaders in your own way on this adventure to a better and more just future.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.