CONVERSATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS

Remarks by

The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

 Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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Manitobans, friends old and new, it is such a pleasure to see your smiling faces, and welcome you 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.

Here at Government House – as throughout Manitoba – 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.

When I first had the idea for this series of Conversations and Celebrations, I hoped that I’d be able to watch sparks fly as people formed new relationships, made new friends, and simply connected with each other as human beings. I have seen that and more.

Together, in this beautiful space, we have learned, we have asked and answered questions, we have laughed and cried, we have been inspired.

Tonight, I am pleased to welcome back an old friend, Dr. Gordon Goldsborough.

Those of you who have had the opportunity to attend one of Gordon’s presentations, or listen to his stories every Sunday on CBC Radios Weekend Morning, know that he loves this province with all his heart, and seizes every opportunity to share its magnificent, and sometimes storied history with anyone who wants to hear. And we all want to hear!

One of my passions throughout my time as Lieutenant Governor – throughout my life actually – has been to recognize and connect leaders – community builders – from all walks of life, and to inspire more Manitobans to

take on the challenge of imagining a better province, country, world – and making that vision come true.

Leadership is action, not position. We are all capable of taking action. It starts by saying yes.

So let’s have a great conversation tonight.  Let’s celebrate and be inspired by the leadership, imagination, determination and talents of one fabulous Manitoban committed to uncovering the past of our wonderful province, for the benefit of us all..

Thank you   Merci    Meegwich