Remarks by
The Honourable Gary Filmon, P.C., O.C., O.M.
On behalf of
The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Government House
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.

Advocates, humanitarians, partners in health – welcome to Government House and the heart of Canada.

As well, we are gathered on Treaty One 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 Winnipeg or Manitoba. And our province remains home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.

It’s a pleasure to welcome you, on behalf of Her Honour, the Lieutenant Governor, to this city in the very heart of North America for your meeting.

Manitobans have a long history as connectors. From the fur trade era to the building of the railways to the early waves of immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, this city and province brought people together from across Canada and around the world.

We are also proud to be the home to international development agencies that address shortages of food and clean water, work for improved health, education and sustainability on every continent.

Of course, we are proud to be the home of hospitals, medical and nursing schools, research institutions and companies in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry — where talented professionals work to improve our understanding, prevention and treatment of illness.

So we are delighted that you’ve chosen Winnipeg for this meeting.

Health Partners International of Canada shows us all what powerful effects can be generated when individuals and industry work together for a common cause.

When you combine a strong commitment to humanitarian action with the expertise of the medical community and the resources of Canada’s pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, the result is a powerful force for doing good in the world.

The impact of your work is felt in the clinics and hospitals you support in less developed countries and in lives saved in humanitarian emergencies.

Your success is a lesson to us about the power of partnerships to make a better world.

So, I thank you for your leadership, your vision and your dedication. Enjoy your time in Winnipeg and may the work you accomplish this week make you even stronger and more effective in the future.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.