The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Rotunda, Legislative Building
Monday, March 9, 2020
Fellow Canadians, representatives of the people of Manitoba, members of Generation Equality – it’s a pleasure to join you in celebrating International Women’s Day.
We are gathered on Treaty One 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 Winnipeg. And our province remains home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
This year, as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the province of Manitoba, we will be thinking a great deal about achievements and milestones in our province’s history.
And we’ll also think about our goals and dreams for the future of Manitoba and of Canada.
So this International Women’s Day we can’t help but think of those made-in-Manitoba milestones – Nellie McClung’s famous Women’s Parliament, the campaign for votes for women, and the pioneering women who blazed trails right here in politics, the professions, science, the arts and more.
But as much as we are tempted to look back, it’s important as well that we look forward.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Generation Equality – turns the focus on a younger generation of women, some still teenagers.
Young women today, coming of age with the message that all doors are open to them, that biology is not destiny, aren’t satisfied with the message that their grandmothers or great-grandmothers had it worse.
They want to see action on sexual assault and harassment. They want to see glass ceilings shattered everywhere.
“My grandmother was a lady. My mother was one of the girls. I am a woman. My daughter is a doctor.” By Natasha Josewitz.
Shattering glass ceilings requires energy, passion and ideas to make that happen as our province moves into the second half of its second century.
On this International Women’s Day, let us celebrate both the champions of the past and the young women who will lead us into a better, more equitable future.
Happy International Women’s Day. Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.