MANITOBA METIS FEDERATION 52nd ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Video Remarks by

The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

 Saturday, March 27, 2021

Members of the Manitoba Metis Federation, heirs of a rich heritage, thank you for the opportunity to join you electronically at this general assembly.

For well over two centuries, Manitoba has been the homeland of the Metis people. And today the Metis community plays an important, and growing, role in all aspects of life in this province.

That role will only increase in the time of reconnecting and rebuilding that lies ahead for us.

You are meeting today at the time of year that always makes Manitobans look forward with hope, anticipation and determination.

Like trees feeling the sap rise, we feel renewed energy to create and grow. And like those native prairie grasses that once nourished vast herds of bison, our roots give us strength to rise again.

The Metis people of Manitoba draw from their deep roots when they build and maintain community.

We all have work to do as we build back the social and cultural institutions, businesses, personal and community connections that have suffered in the last year.

This rebuilding will be an opportunity to work for a more inclusive, equitable and fair Manitoba.

For this, we’ll need Manitobans to take on the responsibilities of leadership. We’ll need Manitobans who will listen, learn and take action to make our province and our communities stronger.

Leadership isn’t a matter of having a certain position in an organizational chart. It’s a willingness to say yes to a challenge and a responsibility. It’s a set of values you put into effect with everybody you meet — at work, on the street, and at events like this general assembly.

The years ahead will offer each of you — and the Manitoba Metis Federation – many more chances to lead by example.

I wish each of you the excitement and satisfaction of contributing to something that makes our province, our country and our world a better place.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich