The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, May 26, 2022
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Friends, lovers of music, we have heard the call of the pipes, and here we are! Welcome to this celebration of one hundred years of one of Manitoba’s greatest musical treasures.
It is my pleasure to welcome you today to Government House – here in the heart of Winnipeg – on Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, and the homeland of the Metis people. We strive for respectful partnerships with all the peoples of this province, as we search for collective healing and true reconciliation and honour this beautiful land together.
The Winnipeg Police Pipe Band has been using the majestic sound of pipes and drums to bring Manitobans together for more than a century now. With serving and retired police officers as well as community members in its ranks, the pipe band connects the Winnipeg Police Service and the public it serves in the most stirring way possible.
I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the sheer magnitude of this band, and the incredible talent of its members, many times myself at events from the Pan Am Games to Royal visits to the Grey Cup, and I am so proud to have them serve as ambassadors of the Winnipeg Police Service, as well as our city and province across Canada and around the world.
We thought we would be celebrating this milestone two years ago, during the band’s actual centennial year.
But thanks to the delay, we’re able to do this in a year when we are celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Her Majesty’s reign.
How appropriate it is to look back on the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band’s history now, given that you have
performed for a number of Royals, including Her Majesty, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
One of the themes of the Platinum Jubilee is recognizing how volunteer service builds healthy communities and great countries, so this is a wonderful time to acknowledge the many years – and in cases, many decades – of passion and volunteer dedication by the members of the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band.
Congratulations on a century-plus of musical excellence and thank you for sharing the community spirit of Winnipeg and Manitoba around the world.
Thank you Merci Meegwetch