Manitoba Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

The Honourable Anita R. Neville, P.C., O.M.

Rotary Model United Nations Opening Ceremony

Remarks by

The Honourable Anita Neville, P.C., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba


Canadian Mennonite University

Friday, May 5, 2023, 8:55 a.m.

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Students, educators, and delegates to the 65th Rotary Club of Winnipeg Model United Nations, I am delighted to join you this morning.

As you gather here from four provinces and two states, it is my privilege to acknowledge that we are meeting on Treaty One land and in the heartland of the Red River Metis. I acknowledge that the province that I represent as Lieutenant Governor is the present-day home of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Inuit and Red River Metis peoples.

We acknowledge northern Manitoba includes lands that were, and are, the ancestral lands of the Inuit.

Together, we strive to advance understanding, healing and reconciliation and work as partners for a better future.

For 65 years, this Model United Nations General Assembly has provided young people with an opportunity to practice understanding and building partnerships.

At this gathering, delegates have debated responses to the challenges of the last few generations – arms control, protection of human rights, protection of our air and water, and much more.

As delegates to this assembly, each of you will have the opportunity to build skills in research and analysis of complex issues. You will develop your talents for organizing your thoughts and speaking in public.

And of course, like delegates since the 1950s, one of the best things about a gathering like this is that you will make new friends from across town, across the country, and across the 49th parallel. Knowing the great value of all aspects of the gathering, I’m delighted that you are once again able to meet in person for these discussions and debates.

In my previous career, I worked in education, both in the public school system and in adult career education. I know that learning by doing is one of the most effective kinds of education.

This weekend will be a remembrance you will carry with you for life, and it would not be possible without the teachers and the Rotary volunteers who make this possible.

To all who work to bring young people together in this special event, thank you for your dedication to youth and to the future.

May this be a weekend of discovery and excitement for you all.

Thank you, Merci, Meegwich.