The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.
Fellow Manitobans, members and friends of the Asian Heritage Society, it’s a pleasure to join you tonight to celebrate Asian Heritage Month and the cultural richness of the province we love.
I begin by acknowledging that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers long before this place became Winnipeg. This city remains home to the largest Indigenous community in Canada.
When Manitobans talk about the things they love about their province, the powerful spirit of community is always high on the list.
This is a place where people work together to celebrate art and culture and to make a caring and healthy society.
It has long been a province where the diversity of human experience is treasured.
For the past month, Manitobans have enjoyed experiencing a taste of the cultural heritage of Asia.
They’ve experienced music and dance, literature, history and they have literally taken a taste of Asian Heritage at the recent Food Trip festival.
None of that would have been possible without another aspect of our province’s community spirit – the strong tradition of volunteer leadership in Manitoba.
Every cultural centre, every festival and every performing arts group depends on the commitment of the men and women who give their time, talent and experience. People like the volunteers with the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba.
Representing many communities with origins in the largest and most diverse of our planet’s continents, the volunteers of the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba are a wonderful illustration of what can happen when we value differences.
They inspire us all to reach out, to listen and to share. By doing so, we will continue to make Manitoba a place of vibrant, healthy and interconnected communities.
Thank you for making this month of celebration possible, and enjoy this showcase. Merci. Meegwich.