The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Holiday Inn, Pembina Highway
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.
Dreamers, thinkers, builders – friends and supporters of the Creative Foundation – it is a pleasure for His Honour and I to join you this evening for this gala celebration.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
Personally, 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.
As Manitobans, we are proud of the creative accomplishments of the people of our province.
We often think of the great artists who have called our province home – the great ballet dancer Evelyn Hart, the playwright Thomson Highway, the novelists Miriam Toews and Carol Shields.
But creativity encompasses so many areas of human imagination. Of course, music and literature, dance and fine art, but also many, many other kinds of creation.
Think of the great innovations and discoveries that occurred right here in Manitoba. It was here that great creativity led to the development of canola as a healthy and affordable cooking oil. Here is where a preventative treatment for rh disease was developed – saving countless lives around the world.
And of course it took great creativity to develop a system of flood control that has saved the city of Winnipeg from devastation several times.
Tonight’s celebration is inspiring because it acknowledges the inter-relationships between all the many forms creativity can take.
For twenty years you have been nurturing creativity in the arts and sciences and encouraging all young people to express themselves, ask questions and solve problems.
Tonight’s celebration also recognizes that creativity can inspire great success at all ages.
The desire to explore ideas can motivate a teenage tech whiz, a young professional or an artist who remained a dynamic force well into his 90s.
I congratulate the Creative Foundation for twenty years of inspiring and supporting young Manitobans and I wish continued success to all of those who have benefitted from the foundation’s encouragement and programming and to all of those who support your organization.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.