The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
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Dear friends – old and new – carriers of the torch of history, members of the Manitoba Historical Society,
It is my pleasure to welcome you today to Government House -here in the heart of Winnipeg – on Treaty One land, 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.
If we wish to bring people together and if we wish to honour this land, we must start from a position of understanding.
We need to know who we are, where we’ve been, the challenges that have shaped us.
And so the work of preserving our history and disseminating knowledge of it is essential to building a province we can all be proud of.
Since 2011, this award has recognized long-term service to the cause of history and heritage.
This year’s three award recipients have dedicated decades of leadership to history and heritage. They have written books, documentaries, blog posts and articles on history. They have led museums and founded programs to support learning. They have offered guidance and mentorship to organizations focused on history and heritage.
Their work has had a profound impact on community pride and understanding in Dauphin, Gimli, Winnipegosis and throughout Manitoba.
Each of today’s recipients has had a career focused on preserving and sharing knowledge. But each has taken on multiple volunteer responsibilities far beyond their day-to-day life as a teacher or a research librarian.
It feels especially appropriate to be bestowing these awards this year, when we are celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Her Majesty’s reign.
Contemplating the timeline of Her Majesty’s reign reminds us of the amount of Canada’s history that has taken place since 1952. And equally importantly, it shows us how much our understanding of Canada’s history has grown and deepened during those seven decades.
People like you – volunteers and passionate leaders in the history and heritage community – are the reason Canadians feel a living connection to their past. Your work helps us to rediscover again and again the legacy of our province, our country and our world.
Thank you for your years of work, your creativity, the connections you’ve made and the people you have inspired.
Thank you for making Manitoba a better place and congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.