The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.
Friends, Manitobans, loyalists to Canada and to the ideas for which our country stands, welcome 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.
We are gathered in a province where there is a long tradition of opening the doors to people needing to start their lives again.
So it is fitting that in this year when we commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we think back to one of the very first groups of people who came to Canada looking for a new start.
When they fled the American Revolution, the Loyalists did not come to what was then Rupertsland, of course.
But in the decades to come, some of them played important roles in the fur trade. In the centuries to come, descendants of the original Loyalists built many of the institutions, businesses and traditions that have shaped Manitoba.
The United Empire Loyalists preserve knowledge of those contributions. Your work reminds us of the diverse group men and women who left behind their property but brought with them a commitment to the Parliamentary system of government and the common law legal system.
You remind us that the Canada we cherish today was built by families and individuals who sought peace, justice, and a sense of community.
And you remind us of the importance of telling those stories as part of who we are and as a statement of who we wish to be.
In our own determination to build a fair, free, just and healthy Canada, let’s be as brave and steadfast as those Loyalists more than two centuries ago. Thank you for keeping their inspiring story in our hearts and our minds.