Manitoba Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

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

University of Winnipeg 122nd Convocation

Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba


Duckworth Centre, University of Winnipeg

Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 9:30 A.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 One land, and in the heartland of the Red River Metis.

This beautiful and diverse province is also the ancestral and the present-day home of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples.

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.

For 122 years, this institution has brought the spirit of inquiry to the heart of this city.

The growth of the University of Winnipeg has brought life and excitement to its neighbourhood as this university has evolved to meet the needs of its community, and no doubt, the U of W will continue to play a key role in the exciting partnerships and plans to make downtown Winnipeg a better and more equitable place.

For generations, the beautiful Wesley Hall has stood as a symbol of learning and of an institution dedicated to the blossoming of light and truth.

But it’s not buildings that make a university. It’s the passion, curiosity and discipline of the people those buildings house – the students, faculty and staff.

Today we are celebrating members of the graduating class who have dedicated years of their lives to grappling with challenging concepts, asking questions, searching for answers, and testing those answers.

We are celebrating graduates whose pursuit of knowledge has been motivated by a desire to help others – to help them learn, to help them heal, to help them understand their families and their lives.

In an earlier stage of my career, I was privileged to serve on the board of the Winnipeg School Division, where I had the honour of meeting many women and men who had dedicated their careers to helping children on their own learning journey. I know that’s the career path many of you are setting out on.

But I am sure all of you, whatever your ultimate career destination, will find opportunities to share your understanding and the benefits of your experience with others.

In so doing, you will share the benefits conferred by this university and the great teachers and scholars you’ve encountered.

The light that shines on your path through life will illuminate the way for others, and if if you dedicate yourselves to keeping alive the curiosity that this university and your professors 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.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.