The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, June 16, 2022
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Explorers, dreamers, builders and scientists, welcome to Government House and this celebration of the Canadian Student Health Research Forum.
It is my special pleasure to welcome you today to Government House – here in the heart of Winnipeg, on Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, and the homeland of the Metis people. We strive for respectful partnerships with all the peoples of this province, as we search for collective healing and true reconciliation and honour this beautiful land together.
The search for answers to fundamental questions is one that brings Manitobans, and all Canadians, together.
And so does the drive to alleviate and prevent suffering, to address physical, mental and social health.
As Canadians, we are united around the determination that a healthy and just society is one that cares for all of its people.
To make that possible, it is essential that we continue to provide the brightest, most determined, most conscientious young people with opportunities to join in advancing our knowledge of health science.
I have been pleased to host receptions in the past for participants in the Canadian Student Health Research Forum. Meeting the next generation of scientists, those who are well on their way to careers at the very forefront of knowledge, has filled me with hope for the future.
This year, after two years of witnessing the importance of scientific research – as well as public understanding – it is especially encouraging to see the energy, rigor and creativity that participants bring to this gathering. You are remarkable people and it’s exciting just to be around you!
It’s also a pleasure to welcome you to Government House this year, while we are celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Her Majesty’s reign.
Leadership and service to others are the core themes of the Platinum Jubilee – just as they have been throughout Her Majesty’s life, even as a young Princess.
It is especially timely to be part of a gathering that brings together distinguished leaders in health science and education with the next generation of leaders, those who will take up the torch of finding answers to improve the lives of Canadians and people around the world.
Thank you for your curiosity, your perseverance, and your passion to make tomorrow better for us all.
I wish you much success in your journey of discovery and healing.
Thank you, Merci, Meegwich.