The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.
Friends, lovers of Canada and the world, members of the Royal Commonwealth Society of Manitoba, it’s a pleasure to join you in celebrating Commonwealth Day.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
Together, we share the common wealth of this land – not just its soil and water, minerals and forests, but the ideas and values that make our province and country great.
We share a commitment to democracy and the rule of law. We share values of openness and acceptance. And we share a vision that looks outward beyond our borders.
Canada’s role in the Commonwealth of Nations is an expression of those ideas and values.
At a time when calls are being made around the world to close doors and look inward, Canada is a staunch supporter of a 52-member international body that supports international cooperation, knowledge sharing, trade and the advancement of human rights.
In the Commonwealth of Nations, we reach across differences of language, culture, faith and history to find common understanding and aspirations.
While Commonwealth Day is always worthy of celebration in Canada, this year it’s a particularly red-letter day.
In a few months, we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation – the day when Canada peacefully became an independent nation while maintaining connections to much of what is now the Commonwealth.
Canada has evolved and grown far beyond what it was on July 1st, 1867. So have the other nations of today’s Commonwealth.
And one thing we have shown the world, in that time, is that we can be stronger, healthier and better when we come together.
I thank all those members of the Royal Commonwealth Society who have helped to spread that message here in Manitoba and around the world.
Among the many things in Canada worth celebrating this year is the commitment you have shown to our country and its values.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.