Manitoba Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

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

“The Honourable John Norquay: Indigenous Premier, Canadian Statesman” by Gerald Friesen

Next Presentation in the Lieutenant-Governor’s Evenings at Government House
Series of Free Public Events

Lt.-Gov. Anita R. Neville invites Manitobans to attend the next presentation in a series of free public events designed to welcome Manitobans into Government House and showcase outstanding and inspiring Manitobans who, through words and deeds, continually work to make the province better for all.

Gerald Friesen grew up in Prince Albert, Sask. and attended universities in Saskatoon and Toronto. In this series, he will give a brief presentation on his newest book on John Norquay and his career.  Norquay was born near Lockport in 1841, orphaned when he was eight years old, educated in Red River schools and became Manitoba’s first Indigenous premier in 1878. He was a member of the legislature for eighteen years and served as premier for nine years. His governments set in place many of the province’s founding institutions and he was said to be a plausible candidate to succeed the aging John A. Macdonald as prime minister of Canada, but fate intervened.

The event will be held on May 7 at Government House. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7 p.m. Parking is available on both sides of the Government House driveway.

Light refreshments to follow.

Those wishing to attend must register in advance with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor by calling 204-945-2753. Guests may reserve a maximum of two seats per registration.

Please note, large bags and backpacks will not be permitted.

Registration is now open. Seating is limited. There is no cost to attend.

Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the Lieutenant Governor’s Sharing Hope Initiative.

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