The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Friday, February 7, 2020 – 5:45 p.m.
Ambassadors, storytellers, coaches and leaders – it’s a pleasure to join you as you prepare to educate and inspire your fellow Manitobans.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
I acknowledging that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before this place became known as Manitoba. And our province remains home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
As Manitobans, we often say that we value our province’s great spirit of community. We also say that Manitoba’s diversity is one of our greatest strengths.
But what makes it possible for us to truly appreciate those things is story telling.
A community is strong and connected and confident because the people in that community know the stories that connect them.
And we are able to see diversity as something that enriches a province or a country because of the storytellers who have helped us to appreciate other cultures, beliefs and traditions.
So the storytelling focus in the Manitoba 150 Youth Ambassador Program is certain to encourage greater appreciation and understanding of our province during this milestone year.
Throughout this year, we will have many chances to hear stories about Manitoba’s past and present. We will hear about the great leaders and the dramatic incidents that made Manitoba what it is.
Many of these will be the big events of Canadian history – Louis Riel and the Provisional Government, the coming of the railway, the two World Wars, the Winnipeg General Strike, the Depression.
But there are thousands and thousands of stories throughout our history and in present-day Manitoba.
As participants in this program, you will have the opportunity to broaden our understanding of the province we love by telling these stories.
The skills you develop and creativity you exercise as Youth Ambassadors will prepare you for future challenges in your own lives. And they’ll also give us memorable highlights in what will be an unforgettable year in Manitoba.
Congratulations on being selected for this program and thanks for giving us more reasons to celebrate our province.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.