The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Friends, Manitobans, preservers of memory and wisdom – welcome to Government House for this celebration of history and the people who keep it alive.
I like to 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.
It’s always a pleasure to celebrate the accomplishments of Manitobans who have dedicated time, resources, ideas and creativity to preserving and promoting our history.
Since 2011, we have been recognizing Manitobans for restoring artifacts, building and sustaining museums, preserving and archiving documents, researching and writing books on our history, and many other tasks that have helped keep the stories of Manitoban’s past alive.
This year, it feels even more fitting that we are thanking Manitobans for contributions to history and heritage.
Not only does the 150th anniversary of Manitoba’s entry into Confederation provide us with a reason to celebrate the people who preserve and promote our history, but we have all experienced history this year in our day to day lives.
We are living through a challenge that will influence our province, our nation and our world for many years to come.
As we have tried to wrap our minds around the challenges and uncertainty of 2020, we have looked for lessons and perspectives in the 1918-19 influenza pandemic and the massive mobilization of the world wars.
Suddenly, for millions of people across Canada, history has been transformed from something that happened in the past, to something that we are living through.
Suddenly, millions of people who thought that we were done with history have learned that history is not done with us.
And we have learned that people are best equipped to endure and even thrive in a challenging time when they have the wisdom and the long-term perspective that history provides.
The individuals nominated for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Historical Preservation and Promotion have dedicated large portions of their time to helping others acquire that wisdom and that perspective.
As 2020 recedes further into the past, the work of our history and heritage leaders will allow the lessons of this year – and of the rest of Manitoba’s long tapestry of history – to inspire the people of this province.
Congratulations to all of this evening’s honorees and thank you all for your dedication to understanding the past, the present and the future.