The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Japanese Cultural Centre, 180 McPhillips Street
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.
Incubators of culture, nurturers of heritage, members and friends of the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba – it’s a pleasure to join you at this celebration of a great organization and the long history of Japanese culture in Manitoba and Canada.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
We are celebrating the long, gradual development in this land of a nation that celebrates the many streams of culture, language and heritage that have become intertwined here.
In this year when we have been commemorating the 150th anniversary of heritage, we have had many opportunities to reflect on how the idea of Canada has grown and deepened over the years.
This anniversary year is an ideal time to reflect on the contributions of organizations like the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba and the work they have done to support cultural and educational programs.
Organizations like yours led the way to our current understanding and support of the concept of multiculturalism – which this year is also experiencing a milestone anniversary. It was 25 years ago this year that the Manitoba Multiculturalism Act was enacted.
Of course we see that building a great nation requires the work of citizens stepping forward to take part in the effort.
Volunteers and supporters of community organizations like yours continue the long, unfinished project of Canada – to build a nation from coast to coast to coast that offers full opportunities for all.
Whatever form your contribution takes – financial support, board and administrative leadership, volunteer efforts in your many educational and cultural programs – I thank you for working for a better Manitoba and Canada.
Enjoy this celebration and the fruits of your labours. Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.