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

Government House
Thursday, September 3, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.

Fellow Manitobans, protectors of public security, members of Canada’s correctional services – welcome to Government House for this celebration of diligence, dedication and professionalism.

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

I acknowledge that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before this place became known as Winnipeg. And our province remains home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.

After several months in which Government House has seemed mostly empty, it is a pleasure to be able to welcome you to this historic residence today for this ceremony.

Under normal circumstances, we open the doors of this building on a regular basis to Manitobans who have dedicated themselves to the health, safety and quality of life of our province.

But of course, one thing we haven’t experienced much of in 2020 is “normal circumstances.”

As workers in our correctional system, whether in institutions or as a parole or probation officer, each of you lives with the reality that you can’t count on “normal circumstances.”

Your work requires all of your attention, your diligence, your compassion and your interpersonal understanding.

And each of you has been bringing all of that to your work for at least twenty years, Your exemplary service makes Canadians safer by ensuring that our correctional system provides both security and human dignity.

I would like to thank each of you for setting an example of integrity and professionalism that ensures a high standard of conduct throughout our correctional system.

Congratulations and stay safe – on the job and everywhere else. Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.