The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, November 30, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.
Fellow Manitobans, proud Canadians, dedicated members of the Women’s Canadian Club of Winnipeg, it’s a pleasure to welcome you to Government House for friendship and conversation.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
Today we are meeting as we are winding down a year in which we have been commemorating the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
All year, I have had the great pleasure of taking part in discussions about our country, its history, its values and its future.
So it is entirely fitting that after a year of reflecting on and celebrating Canada, I’m welcoming an organization that has been doing just that for 110 years.
Your club’s dedication to preserving Canadian history and exploring the issues of the day has continued through times of war, Depression, and rapid social and technological change.
Today you continue that tradition of learning and sharing of viewpoints through your regular meetings and speakers.
That desire to understand your country is tied to a commitment to make it a better country.
The women who formed your club in 1907 to celebrate Canada and promote Canadian unity were not even legally permitted to vote.
I imagine those early members of the Women’s Canadian Club had a very strong commitment to a better, more fair and just Canada. When they were among the first women in Canada to win the right to vote just nine years later, they would have been proud to see such an important step in the direction of justice and equality.
Today we still have challenges ahead of us in our desire for a country that provides all of its people with opportunities to live and thrive in dignity and safety. Bringing people together to expand our understanding is an essential part of any effort to overcome such challenges.
As a group that has brought Manitoba women together for 110 years, the Women’s Canadian Club of Winnipeg has played a role in our province’s and our country’s growth and development. I congratulate you for all you’ve accomplished and wish you well as you continue to build a greater Canada.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.