Manitoba Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

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

University College of the North Convocation

Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba



Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 1:00 p.m.

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Fellow Manitobans, welcome to this celebration of learning and service.

As Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, I honour and acknowledge that we are gathered on Treaty Five land and that this beautiful and diverse province is the ancestral and the present-day home of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, Dene peoples and the Red River Metis.

I also recognize that northern Manitoba includes lands that were, and are, the ancestral lands of the Inuit.

Together, we will continue to work to hear truths, and to advance understanding, opportunity, and healing for all.

Building a better, healthier, more just society is a collective responsibility. It is a task requiring commitment from all levels of government and public and private institutions of all size.

It also involves countless individual commitments. None of those commitments is more significant than the commitment to a life of learning.

Today, we are celebrating the achievements of graduates of the University College of the North’s diverse programs.

We are celebrating graduates who have developed essential knowledge for careers in health care, education, business and government settings. And we are celebrating graduates who have earned university degrees and high school diplomas through UCN.

This ceremony is the culmination of an important stage of learning for each of today’s graduates, who have dedicated their time and energy to grasping new concepts, practising new skills, working solo and in groups to attain this achievement.

I know for many, this has been a time of balancing demands on their time – commitments to family and community that don’t take a break when a project is due or an exam is coming up.

Education confers many benefits on the individual – new opportunities, growing confidence, new interests and new understanding of the world.

Education also brings the opportunity for sharing those benefits – on the job, through volunteer service, with family and friends.

The light of learning that shines on your path can illuminate the way for others. And if you dedicate yourselves to keeping alive the curiosity that UCN and your instructors have nurtured, you’ll find the light of others will brighten the way for you.

Congratulations on this recognition of all you’ve learned to this stage. And in your future learning journeys, travel well and travel with eyes, ears and hearts open and minds.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich. Congratulations to all the graduates & their families!