The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Fort Garry Hotel
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.
Educators, makers and lovers of music, members of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers – thank you for the opportunity share in this celebration of beautiful sounds.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and homeland of our Metis people. I acknowledge that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before this place became known as Winnipeg and this city remains home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
Tonight, we are celebrating the centennial of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Association – the oldest organization of its kind in Canada.
We are celebrating a century of Manitobans learning the special language of the heart that is music.
It is only a few days since we gathered at parks and beaches and backyard barbecues to celebrate Canada Day.
From coast to coast to coast, Canadians came together and raised their voices to sing O Canada.
Here in Winnipeg, I had the pleasure of watching and listening as thousands of people gathered here and in other cities to set a new world record for the largest group drum roll.
The experience reminded me that music brings people together like nothing else.
It crosses divides of age, language and culture. It expresses feelings that can’t be put into words.
Music is a door that opens to let us experience other cultures. It allows us to hear the world of centuries past. It allows us to celebrate the present moment.
As music teachers, you help people discover the magic of music in their own fingers and their own throats.
As you enjoy tonight’s wonderful performers, consider the work of the music teachers who taught them. Consider the gift of music-making that you give to your students.
Thank you for making Canada a more magical and more harmonious place. Congratulations to the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Association for giving Manitobans something to sing about for 100 years.