Remarks by

The Honourable Janice C. Filmon, C.M., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Saturday, September 11, 2021



Is anybody else excited for a wonderful evening of beauty, artistry, and fellowship?
It is a pleasure to join you this evening on Treaty One land – in the heart of the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people. We strive for respectful partnerships with all the peoples of this province as we search for collective healing and true reconciliation and honour this beautiful land together

What is better for bringing people together than art, in all of its forms?
The richness of cultural expression in our province is a testament to the leadership, passion, time and energy freely given by a multitude of volunteers over many years of service. Time and energy are the very things life is made of – and you don’t get them back.

I am sure there are people here this evening who have been involved since the very beginning over 40 years ago.

It is this commitment to community that has allowed organizations like the India School of Music, Dance and Theatre to thrive.
This past year has reminded us all how essential music, dance and storytelling are to our sense of self and well-being. Art is a kind of medicine for which there is no maximum dose.
That is how I felt when admiring the beautiful silk crocuses you gave me after your 40th anniversary. One look at them elevates the spirits.
This evening is even more precious than it would normally be. Oh how we have missed musicians, dancers, singers, performers of all kinds – it’s so wonderful to have you back.
Tonight’s performance is a culmination of months of determination, dedication, resilience, and the passion of teachers, leaders, volunteers, and performers who have kept the flame of art and culture burning in times of change and uncertainty.
As tonight’s performers offer a salute to the beautiful tapestry that is Manitoba, I congratulate all of you, for  the role you have played in bringing this wonderful evening to life, and for keeping the spirit of community alive and well throughout our province.

Thank you     Merci     Meegwich