The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Legislative Building Grounds, South Side
Sunday, September 29, 2019 – 11:00 a.m.
Fellow Manitobans, protectors of the public peace, Canadians united in remembrance, it is an honour to join you today for this memorial service.
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 our province remains home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
Every functioning society requires a set of rules that lays out actions that are harmful to the health of the society and the rights of its members.
And every functioning society, as it becomes larger and more complex, requires dedicated professionals who are trained to enforce those rules.
The last Sunday in September has been set aside in Canada as the day during which Canadians remember police and peace officers who have died in the line of duty.
In some cases, their deaths have come at the hands of those who disregard the rules established by a free, democratic society for its own safety. In some cases, their deaths have been tragic accidents resulting from serving in challenging environments – travelling by night, over ice, through the air and during all kinds of weather.
Next year, when Manitobans commemorate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of our province, we will have many great achievements to celebrate in every field of endeavour.
And we will remember that throughout those 150 years, police and peace officers stood up for the safety and rights of Manitobans.
They took on the hazards of protecting their community – as do all of the police and peace officers serving in Manitoba today – and some paid with their lives for the safety of others.
We pledge today that we will remember them and honour their dedication now and as the years go by.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.