The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Canad Inns Polo Park
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People of the north, leaders of communities, exemplars of reconciliation – welcome to this milestone in the history of a great and important organization.
It is a pleasure to join you here in the heart of Treaty One territory for this gathering of representatives from the vast boreal forest and beautiful Canadian Shield country that encompasses the lands of Treaties 2, 3, 4, and 5
Manitoba is the homeland of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Red River Metis and Inuit people. I recognize and respect the history of this province, and commit to the hard work it will take the advance the truth, and seek true reconciliation in Manitoba, and throughout Canada.
We must work together for common understanding and an improved and sustainable future for all of our children and generations to come.
As leaders from the 48 communities incorporated under Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations, you contend with unique challenges while setting an example for all Manitobans.
For 50 years, the challenges of transportation, access to healthy food and economic development in remote communities have brought you together to build solutions.
For 50 years, leaders of your communities have worked directly with their neighbours, without the layers of staff and assistants that leaders in larger communities often have between them and constituents.
Throughout that time, your organization has shown great leadership, and provided other Manitobans the opportunity to see the importance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working together and representing the same communities, the same interests, the same needs.
I hope that while you’re in Winnipeg for this meeting, will have the opportunity to visit the Legislative Building and will find your eyes drawn upwards to the Golden Boy.
For more than a century, the Golden Boy has faced north, symbolically looking in the direction of great resources and opportunities for Manitoba’s future.
I also think he’s looking northward to see how communities like yours are building a new idea of our province and our society. He’s watching you make good on your commitment to government that’s responsive to the needs of all of its people.
This year in Manitoba, we have been commemorating the Platinum Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Her Majesty’s reign.
The central theme of the Platinum Jubilee commemorations have been recognizing and celebrating Her Majesty’s lifelong dedication of service to others, and steadfast leadership in communities large and small.
As members of the Northern Association of Community Councils, I believe you too share a lifelong dedication of service to our province and her people.
Your years of listening and learning and your willingness to take action and respond to what you’ve learned – these show us the meaning of leadership.
I wish you a productive gathering and hope you return refreshed, energized and inspired to keep building healthy, prosperous communities across the vast region represented by the members of the NACC.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.