MANITOBA METIS FEDERATION SWEARING-IN CEREMONY

Remarks by
The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

MMF 150 Henry Avenue
Friday, September 6, 2019 – 11:15 a.m.

Friends, Manitobans, representatives of a proud people – welcome to this celebration of service and democracy.

We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.

I acknowledge that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before this place became known as Winnipeg or Manitoba. And this city and province remain home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.

We come together a stone’s throw from the birthplace of the province of Manitoba nearly a century and a half after the creation of the first provisional government in this land.

Today, Ms. Marielle Gauthier will swear an oath of fidelity and service, and will carry on traditions of representative government that extend even further in time, to the Metis Laws of the Buffalo Hunt.

Ms. Gauthier will become part of a system of Metis government that extends through seven regions and well over 100 locals, connecting every city, town and rural area in Manitoba.

Today marks a new chapter, a new form of public service. She is here today because she has the desire to serve her community and because she has earned the community’s confidence. She will listen, and she will work to solve problems, and to envision a better future.

Ms. Gauthier is here today because she has said “Yes” to a challenge. Yes is the word that is the mother of all positivity and possibility.

Congratulations, I wish you well and I salute you for the commitment you have made to work for the betterment of others.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.