The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Flin Flon Community Hall
Friday, September 27, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.
Students, educators, creators of all ages – it has been a pleasure exploring the ideas and imaginations of the youth of Flin Flon.
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.
Here in Manitoba we take great pride in the creativity and artistic achievements of our province.
Manitobans love to sing and dance, to write and act, to paint and carve, and much more.
It takes imagination to come up with an idea for any kind of art. But it takes more than that.
It takes dedication to learn the skills to bring an idea to life. It takes practice and the willingness to start from scratch again and again when a creation isn’t taking shape the way you’d like.
And on top of that it takes a kind of courage to put yourself on the line, to create something and put your name on it and show it to other people.
That’s why art is vital to all students at all levels.
It is artists who tell our stories.
Wherever life takes you, whatever projects you will take on as you get older, the creativity to look at something from unique perspective will always be valuable. The willingness to try again and again until you’ve developed the skills you need will help you all through your life.
Remember, no one has a monopoly on creativity.
The courage to express your ideas and feelings about the world will make you a better citizen and neighbour.
To all of the students who have created art of any kind through the Culture Days School Program I say congratulations on what you have accomplished. Keep dreaming, keep exploring and keep expressing yourselves.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.