The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.
Friends, Manitobans, patrons and creators of art, it’s a pleasure to join you today in welcoming a wonderful addition to Government House.
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. And our province remains home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
It’s hard to believe that it was four years ago when we celebrated the arrival at Government House of the first four sculptures in the Quantum Collection.
I am delighted to be here to welcome the fifth and final piece in the collection – especially during our year of Manitoba 150 celebrations.
During the many special events that will be part of Manitoba 150, we will be looking back at great achievements and milestones in our province’s history.
And we will also come together to envision new accomplishments and discoveries.
It’s fitting, then, that this final piece joining the Quantum Collection is a celebration of science. Where the previous sculptures commemorated milestones from our history in exploration, community-building and commerce, Erin Brown’s beautiful bronze invites us to imagine where our curiosity and drive will take us.
And while the previous sculptures hearkened back to a time when opportunities to explore and build were largely restricted to men, Erin’s work – inspired by a living woman scientist from Manitoba – reminds us that curiosity is a trait shared by men and women.
I would like to thank all of those who played a role in bringing this artwork to Government House – Erin Brown, the scientist model, The Intrepid Society and the Winnipeg Foundation.
These five sculptures will be a lasting reminder of the spirit of inquiry and discovery that made our province and that will guide us into the future.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.