CANADA DAY DRUMMING CELEBRATION

Remarks by
The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Winnipeg Chinese Garden
Monday, July 1, 2019 – 1:00 p.m.

Drummers, dancers, and lovers of a great country – is this a great day to break a record or what?

We are gathered on Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of our Metis people.

Today is the day when Canadians gather in parks and backyards, at beaches and street fairs, and all across this beautiful land to express their love of our country and their commitment to our values and freedoms.

From coast to coast to coast, people are singing O Canada, waving the maple leaf and celebrating with their oldest friends and friends they’ve just met.

Canada’s hearts beat as one today,

So what better way to represent our hearts beating with love than this amazing, record-breaking, drumming celebration?

Drumming is universal. All of the cultures that enrich life in Canada have their rhythmic traditions.

Drumming is something that we can all share – from the most talented professional musician to the toddler banging on pots and pans.

Let us keep our hearts beating with love and compassion and community spirit – not just on Canada Day but throughout the year.

Thank you to the Legacy 150 Celebrations Society for coming up with this wonderful way to bring us all together. Thank you to all the participants who will fill the air with a joyful sound.

Have a wonderful Canada Day and a joyful summer of sunshine, warmth and beauty.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich!