IMAGINE A CANADA

Remarks by
The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Government House
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.

Students, educators and visionaries – welcome to Government House for this celebration of truth and reconciliation.

We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.

We are gathered in a city and province where the need to move forward to a shared future of opportunity, equality and dignity is deeply felt.

As the home of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Manitoba is leading our country towards that goal.

This is a province where people of all ages, from all walks of life imagine a Canada where indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians can share in all that our country has to offer. Where different languages, cultures and ways of seeing the world are valued and celebrated.

Most importantly, this is a province where young people are committed to that goal.

In this year when we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, it is so important to have young people involved in imagining how we can move forward into our next 150 years.

The visions you have put forward – in essays, in poetry, in visual art – will help us all to see the world as you do. And to see a better, more just and fair Canada that honours all of its people.

Thank you for putting your vision and talent to work to Imagine a Canada – and thank you to the Centre for Truth and Reconciliation for encouraging and challenging us all to envision the future of our country.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.