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Love Letters to Manitoba


Manitoba's Beauty, Art, Culture, Agriculture and History

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Manitoba has an abundance of natural resources, valleys, forests and lakes. We have amazing places like Riding Mountain National Park and Hecla Provincial Park, Big Valley, the Carberry Sandhills, and hundreds of northern lakes that prominently feature the rugged Canadian Shield. Although we can’t all go see these attractions, most communities have parks, gardens and horticultural societies that bring a piece of nature to the urban setting. My late mother was a member of a local horticulture group and got great satisfaction from helping to organize and tend flower beds and greenery. From city and town, to village and hamlet, Manitoba offers beauty to its residents and visitors, with a multitude of annuals, perennials, shrubs, hanging baskets, and lovingly designed green spaces. The parks provide space for children to play, a place for bees to pollinate, and a much-needed opportunity for people of all walks of life to sit in quiet reflection. Thank you to the town crews, horticulture groups and volunteers for their diligent, hard work!

In difficult times, arts and culture often drop to the bottom of the priority list.  However, Manitoba makes a concerted effort to support its artistic communities. Whether it’s theatre, First Nations art exhibits, the music of the WSO, literary works or local art galleries, our province values creativity. Schools are pleased to offer art and music classes, municipalities and businesses support student achievements in the arts, and various cultural events throughout the year celebrate Manitobans’ diversity. For many, it’s a much-anticipated annual treat to attend Dauphin Country Fest, Folklorama, a Christmas symphony or a Pow Wow. Art and music are an expression of joy, sorrow, spirituality, hope and human frailty. It’s wonderful to see so many art forms giving beauty and strength to Manitobans.

Our province has endured hardship and conflict. After its founding in 1870, people struggled to eke out a living. It has seen massive flooding, storms, wars and droughts. Despite it all, the people gained strength, digging in to do the work that needed to be done. Most Manitobans can tell stories of their grandparents or great-grandparents—the farmers, trappers, hunters, one-room school teachers (and the list goes on)—who did the awesome work that allowed us to live as we do today. I’ve shared a picture of a sock that I darned with wool. It represents the hundreds of thousands of feet that trod Manitoba’s fields, streets and country roads. Hard work has immense merit and, as a testament to those who scrape by every day, a “darned sock” shows how determined they are to make it. Whether it is the single mom working two jobs, a young man who eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches five days a week so he can make ends meet, a teenager shoveling his elderly neighbor’s snow, or an ancestor who lived in a sod house, Manitoba can lay claim to a strong work ethic, good character and independence.

One of the things all Manitobans agree on is that we love food: ethnic food, fast food, gourmet food, snack food, finger food, vegan food, and birthday party for a one-year-old food. As a province whose main economic driver is agriculture, that’s a good thing. To honor our farmers and ranchers, Manitoba has annual events in many communities, such as the Manitoba Thresherman’s Reunion, Steinbach’s Pioneer Days, the Morden Corn and Apple Festival, Brandon’s Ag Days, 4-H Achievement Days and so on. Farmers in Manitoba put their heart into growing our food and marketing it. It’s common to see Farmer’s Markets around Winnipeg and other towns. And isn’t it a delight, driving down a highway in late summer, to see a wagon full of vegetables or fruit, a young farm kid manning it? Even more incredible is when the wagon is unmanned, a simple cardboard sign announcing, “Prices listed. Pick what you like, the money can is under the shelf.” From a juicy strawberry, to a summer BBQ’s sizzling burger, to a sweet corn cob, to the fields of wheat that end up in the bread at the bakery, Manitoba has proudly filled our plates for over a hundred years!

In most Manitoba towns, on any given day, it is delightful to hear English, Tagalog, French, Punjabi, Cree, Spanish and other languages. Yet the voices blend well, because we share a common purpose: to live and raise our families in Manitoba. The final picture I included is of my late father, whose family immigrated to Canada in the late 1800s. They came in search of a better life, leaving behind wars, poverty, oppression and tyranny. Raised in a one-room cabin as a child, my father helped with the nonstop, heavy labor on the family farm. He went on to get a university education and become a teacher. Today, new immigrants don’t have to handle a one-bottom plough or build a log cabin by hand, but they’re still happy to give their all. Manitoba is replete with shining stars: future community leaders, teachers and engineers. We are all invested in each other here. When one Manitoban succeeds, we all celebrate. This sense of hope, belonging, and family is a treasure well worth preserving, one that will ensure Manitoba’s continued resiliency in the 21st century.

Lenora



Submitted Love Letters

KEEN TO LIVE & LOVE MANITOBA CANADA

MBCI Grad 10 Art Class - Rebecca

MBCI -  Grade 11-Art class - Kelly

Lovely Manitoba

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 3 of 3)

Grade 5 Riverheights School Brandon, MB (Post 2 of 2)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 1 of 3)

Grade 5 Riverheights School Brandon, MB (Post 1 of 2)

Cranberry Portage Elementary Grade 7/8 (Post 2 of 2)

Cranberry Portage Elementary: Grade: 7/8 Class (Post 1 of 2)

The love of Clear Lake

"Cher Manitoba" par Isaiah - École Saint-Lazare 9e année

MBCI Grade 7 Art - Emerson Penner

Elmwood High School

Maryland Park School

Grant Park High School Grade 7/8 SS (Post 3 of 3)

Grant Park High School Grade 7/8 SS (Post 2 of 3)

Grant Park High School - Grade 7/8 SS - Post 1 of 3

St. Paul's Collegiate (Elie, MB)

Manitoba

Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute Grade 8 Art - Kyla Kisil

Manitoba

Cher Manitoba: Une lettre amicale de la classe 5/6B de Ecole St Malo School

Birthday Cards to Manitoba

Elwick Community School Grade: 7/8 

Mrs. Smith

Ashern Early Years School Grade 4

École Sun Valley School - Need a Knee?

École Sun Valley School - Egg on Wheels

École Sun Valley School - Canadian Oil

École Sun Valley School - Start Your Engines

École Sun Valley School - The Facts About the Fax

École Sun Valley School - Garbage bag

École Sun Valley School

École Sun Valley School - Snowmobile

Spongee

Tundra Buggy

Elmwood High School Grade 12

Frontenac School ART 5/6 2021

Thank you

How Do I love you.......Let me count the ways

A distant province, a longing heart

My love of country life

Manitoba's Beauty, Art, Culture, Agriculture and History

Clear Lake

Natural Beauty

Beautiful peaceful Manitoba

Community

A Hallmark Love Story

Farming Manitoba

Wonderful Wildlife

Home Sweet Home

Manitoba's Best Kept Secret

MANITOBA'S MAGIC!

RACHEL and Logan

Love my Manitoba

The Caves Trail

Manitoba skies

Forever

Kinosao Lake Trail memories

Love for Lake Audy

Lovely Lake Winnipeg

Lake Manitoba, Oh Manitoba!

What I love about Manitoba

MANITOBA PRAIRIE SUNSET

My home, My heart, My Manitoba

Ode to the Manitoba Sky

MY HOMETOWN ❤️

Passion is a word for us

The Forks, The Exchange District and Surrounding Areas

Manitoba Farm Auction

Maple Sugar Run.

OUR MANITOBA BUTTERFLY ❤️

Arts + Culture Like No Other

CARMAN'S TOWN CLOCK

Love My Manitoba Winter days

A love for the land, wrapped up in memories

BEAUTIFUL FLOWERING CRAB

My Love for McGillivray Falls

Oh Oak Hammock Marsh!

Beautiful Birds Hill Provincial Park

You, Me & BDE

Happy to Hike to Hunt Lake

Kings Park moments

Bear Lake, MB

The Forks

Pine Point Rapids

Astounding Aikens Lake

Amazing, inside & out!

Love The Esplanade Riel!

Gardening in Manitoba is a Love Affair

Crocuses in April

Home Away From Home

First Sign of Spring

Beautiful Manitoba

Mairzy Doats and Liddle Lamzy Divey

Manitoba Multiculturalism

King's Park my go to!

Winnipeg beach in the summer

I LOVE MANITOBA!❤️

Amazing at Twin Beaches, MB

You Make Me Feel Rich!

Allo Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain!!

Clear Lake Love

Clearwater Lao

LIFE ON THE FARM

Wonderful Whiteshell

Manitoba, You are So Special!!

Meet you at the Bell MTS Place!

You're corny & I love you!

Winnipeg Coyote

Manitoba Glass Works

You Are Immaculate!

Ahoy Manitoba!

Love you Lower Fort Garry, you National Historic Site, you!

Dam you!

U & Me ; Union Station!

Carman Golf Course

Happy Birthday Manitoba

My Bae, the Basilique-Cathedrale de Saint Boniface..

Le Musee de Saint Boniface

Dalnavert Museum

Gabrielle Roy House / La Maison Gabrielle Roy

Wanna WAG with me?

I'm spying on you!!

Upper Fort Garry Hertiage Provincial Park

Oh St.Boniface City Hall!!

Love my Manitoba Legislative Building

Beautiful weather

Peaceful province

Beautiful Manitoba

True North Adventures

Manitoba, a Great Place to Be!

Trail Blazer

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MANITOBA

Enjoying Winnipeg parks

Walking in The Park

Rolland 4-H Museum

Love for Humankind

Prairie Cathedral.

Love

Manitoba...From the Air

The Swan Valley

My 150th Blood Donation in Manitoba's 150th year

I LOVE Hiking in Manitoba

We Love our Lakes in Manitoba!

Mr.

Beyond the Beauty

Manitoba Runs on Love

MAYOR BRIAN BOWMAN: LETTER to MANITOBA

Oh, Manitoba, what a treasure you are!

A love letter to Winnipeg

Manitoba is about the people


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