On this Manitoba Day, we are grateful. We look to the future with hope and optimism.
So much has changed since Manitoba’s 150th anniversary year began. We’ve all been touched by COVID-19.
What has not changed is Manitobans’ love of this province, our spectacular natural beauty, our diverse cultures, the rich tapestry of our history, and of course, Manitobans themselves.
Since our earliest days, Manitobans have shown a strong sense of community in the face of change and have grown stronger and more connected as a result of it.
From the First Nations who called this place home for thousands of years; to the birth of the Métis Nation, whose leader Louis Riel protected the rights of all who lived here while ushering Manitoba into Confederation; to the arrival of generations of newcomers, everyone has contributed and continues to contribute to making Manitoba the great province it is today.
From the beginning, Manitoba 150 aimed to cultivate a sense of pride in Manitoba. The 150th anniversary of becoming a province is an opportunity to appreciate our province and celebrate everything we love about it.
By putting celebrations on pause, we let frontline workers – health and social service professionals, everyone who helps get food to our grocery shelves and to our table, farmers, entrepreneurs, teachers, and others too numerous to mention – know that safety and health are our first priority.
We will get through this, and when we restart the Manitoba 150 festivities in 2021, we will have even more reason to be United in Celebration.
Stay healthy and be kind to one another. Happy Manitoba Day!
Monique LaCoste & Stuart Murray
Manitoba 150 Host Committee Co-Chairs