The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Fort Garry Hotel
Friday, November 30, 2018
Tellers of tales, singers of songs, and tasters of tipples; members and friends of the St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg, it’s a pleasure to join you in continuing a tradition that is nearly as old as the Province of Manitoba.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
Tonight we will share in music and laughter, food and drink and good company as we support an organization that has nurtured Manitoba’s Scottish cultural heritage since 1871.
When Manitoba joined Confederation in 1870, the young province already had deep Scottish roots dating back to the Selkirk settlers and further still to the Scots who made maps, bargained for furs, kept the books and rowed York boats.
By 1870, that Scottish influence had already been heard for generations in the Red River jigs of the Metis fiddlers and tasted in the bannock prepared over thousands of cook fires.
In the years to come, Scottish traditions would make their presence felt in everything from the spread of curling across the prairies to the establishment in Winnipeg of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada.
Today, Scottish culture is one strand among many in Manitoba’s tapestry.
We have, over the last 50 years, built a society that is a model for the world to emulate – a place where many traditions are celebrated, where we appreciate ideas and expressions that have been rooted here for a few years, a few decades, a few centuries or a few millennia.
And that welcoming attitude itself is something steeped in Scottish tradition. After all, a good ceilidh is one where the door’s always open.
So in keeping with that tradition of welcoming, I am pleased to offer you ceud mile failte a hundred thousand welcomes.
Have a wonderful and entertaining evening and best wishes as you continue to support a lively and welcoming Manitoba.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.