The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Fellow Manitobans, lovers of history, heritage and reaching for the heavens, friends of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, welcome to the celebration of an exciting partnership.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
This is a place where bold adventurers have always used the technology at hand to travel great distances – whether that technology was a birchbark canoe, a Red River cart or a steam locomotive.
Since the 1970s the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada and its many volunteers and supporters have enthralled visitors with Manitoba’s rich history of flight.
As a Manitoban, it’s particularly exciting to see exhibits that demonstrate the important part the people of our province played in the development of aviation in Canada.
So this partnership with the Canada Aviation and Aerospace Museum is especially welcome during Canada’s 150 events.
In this year when we have been commemorating the 150th anniversary of Confederation, our thoughts have turned to the great innovations and great acts of courage that have built a prosperous, healthy nation connecting three oceans.
The men and women who designed, built and flew the aircraft on display at these two museums are among the great nation builders of our history. So are those who founded and led the businesses that opened up the skies for the rest of us.
The Interactive Audio Guide we’re enjoying today not only helps visitors to learn these stories. It will inspire new generations of Canadians to reach for the skies in their own way.
Thank you to the Richardson Foundation and the Kenneth M. Molson Foundation and to all of the volunteers and staff at these two great museums for contributing to this outstanding celebration of Canadian aviation. May the future bring unlimited ceilings for both of your museums and for all those with a passion for our nation’s history and heritage.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.