The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Johnny’s Social Club (or Norva Centre)
Thursday, September 26, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.
Friends, Manitobans – it’s a pleasure finally to visit you in this one of a kind city and take in your unique enthusiasm for community and the arts.
We are gathered on Treaty Five land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
I begin by acknowledging that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before this place became known as Manitoba. And our province remains home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
Today has already been an exciting one for His Honour and me.
It is of course a pleasure to visit a beautiful community in your home province at any time. But to do so along with Her Excellency is a special delight.
As a lifelong Manitoban, I get to enjoy bragging rights when a place like Flin Flon wows somebody who is more accustomed to viewing northern Manitoba from outer space.
The stark beauty of the Canadian Shield, the blue expanse of the countless lakes and the green and the fall colours of the boreal forest would be enough to make this a special experience.
But to add to that the creative spirit of Flin Flon makes this an even more memorable trip.
I expect I will continue to feel the energy of students at Hapnot Collegiate, the dedication of the volunteers at the Flin Flon Station Museum, and the palpable presence of the great Flin Flon Bombers of old at the Whitney Forum for a very long time.
And no doubt the performances we’ll enjoy tonight and the new friends we’ll make over this weekend will make this September weekend a bright spot of this year and my time as Lieutenant Governor.
To all those who have made this possible and who make Flin Flon the exciting community it is, I offer thanks and congratulations on all of your achievements.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.