The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Flin Flon Public Library
Friday, September 27, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.
Friends, Manitobans, book people and people who are books — it’s a thrill to join the people of the most culturally active little city in Canada in kicking off this year’s Culture Days.
We are gathered on Treaty Five 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 Manitoba. And our province remains home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
I’m sure many of us have had the experience of picking up a favourite book and feeling as if we’re having the most fascinating conversation with a friend.
And of course the experience also goes the other way. Sometimes you get talking to a friend or family member or a neighbour and learn some new story that is as compelling as anything you’d find between covers.
So that makes this a wonderful way to launch Culture Days in Flin Flon.
Culture in all its forms brings people together to share their understanding and experiences. That can happen through books, music, theatre, dance, paintings, sculpture and other visual art.
But the original method of sharing was one-to-one sharing of stories.
The people of Flin Flon have demonstrated in previous Culture Days that they have a remarkable passion for all of these forms of sharing stories – putting on a number of culture events that would be impressive for a city of 500,000 people.
None of this would happen without the dedication of volunteers who give their time to create and support all of these performances, exhibitions, festivals and events and the venues that house them.
They give their time because they are passionate about their community and about sharing stories – just like the audiences who flock to Culture Days.
Flin Flon may be the City Built on Rock. But with all due respect to that beautiful granite and the mineral wealth it contains, the strongest foundation is the deep feeling people here have for their community. May your love for your city and province deepen through the stories you share.
It is our honour to participate in the official “kick off” – opening – of Culture Days 2019.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.