The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
The Met, 281 Donald Street
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – 12:00 pm
Dear friends – old and new – and fellow admirers and allies of a great Manitoban. It is a pleasure to join you today in supporting a special part of our province’s and our country’s history.
I acknowledge that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before this place became Winnipeg. And this city remains home to the largest Indigenous community in Canada.
We are here today because we believe in Nellie McClung’s lifelong dedication to making Canada a more just, equitable and healthy nation.
We are here today because we believe that history is alive. That the stories of those who blazed a path for us need to be told and need a physical presence.
For Nellie McClung and her amazing story, that physical presence is two homes, both in the beautiful Pembina Valley town of Manitou.
I know that many of you have been involved with Nellie McClung’s story for many years and know all about her role in winning the right to vote for women. I know that many of you worked to establish the Nellie McClung Foundation and raised funds to have the Famous Five sculpture installed on the ground of the Manitoba Legislature.
But no matter how well you know Nellie’s story – bestselling author, powerful orator, fearless advocate – there’s nothing like walking the halls that once echoed with her footsteps.
When you do that, you can almost feel her presence. You can almost hear her whispering in your ear – urging you to stand up for what you believe in and get to work on making a better world.
By supporting the preservation of Nellie’s homes in Manitou, you are ensuring that her words and spirit will stay with us. You are allowing future generations of Canadians to visit this important historic site and find inspiration.
Thank you for your dedication to the values Nellie stood for. Merci. Meegwich.