The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, August 22, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.
Students, leaders, adventurers – welcome to Government House and this celebration of your passion for human rights.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
I’d like to begin by acknowledging that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before this place became known as Winnipeg or Manitoba. And this city and province remain home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
Manitobans are proud of our province’s role as the Keystone Province of Canada.
From the fur trade days, to the arrival of the railway, Manitoba has long been the place that connects west and east.
Boatloads of furs or trade goods and train cars brimming with grain or lumber have passed to or from Manitoba through these networks of connections.
Today, institutions like the Canadian Museum for Human Rights continue that tradition of making connections – only now it’s ideas that travel across the country.
Rotary Adventure in Human Rights gives young people with a passion to learn the opportunity to spread understanding, empathy and passion for human rights in their schools and communities all across Canada.
So it’s a pleasure to meet a group whose membership stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic – and includes a contingent from our own province.
I’m sure you’ve already had plenty of experiences that expand your understanding, stretch your mind and put fire in your belly. They will continue tomorrow, in your discussions and presentations at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and when you have the chance to meet Michael Redhead Champagne – a young person who began working to build a better city and province when he was not much older than you are today.
All week, you have been hearing from people who are dedicated to making a better, more fair, more just world.
And I hope you’ve been thinking about the difference that people can make in life by taking on a challenge like that.
Every person you’ve met this week was your age once. And every one of them at some point found themselves wondering if they could actually do something that had a positive impact on our world.
With their achievements and their dedication as an example, I am sure that you will return to your home communities and see opportunities to get involved, to step forward and to take responsibility.
I hope the memories and friendships you make this week inspire you through all of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for you.
I wish you great success on your lifelong adventures in human rights and in living, loving and learning.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.