Retired archbishop among Manitobans joining Order of Canada
Three Manitobans were among the 49 Canadians who were invested into the Order of Canada at a ceremony today in Ottawa.
Gov. Gen. David Johnston presided over the Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday.
Among those who were honoured were James Weisgerber, who retired as Winnipeg's Roman Catholic archbishop last year. He was named an officer of the order.
Francophone songwriter Carmen Campagne and Yvon Dumont, Manitoba's first Metis lieutenant governor, were named Members.
Here are the citations provided by the governor general's office for each of the recipients:
- The Most Reverend V. James Weisgerber, O.C., S.O.M.
James Weisgerber is a champion of social change and justice. Since being ordained as a priest 50 years ago, he has served numerous prairie communities and parishes, most recently as the archbishop of Winnipeg. He is best known for his instrumental role in helping reconcile residential school survivors with the church, notably for arranging a historic meeting between them and Pope Benedict XVI, in 2009. His ongoing efforts to build a brighter future for Aboriginal communities led to his symbolic adoption as a brother by Anishinabe Elders.
- Carmen Campagne, C.M.
Sainte-Anne, Manitoba and Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan
As a songwriter, composer and performer, Carmen Campagne is adored by youngsters throughout French Canada. Through her own compositions and traditional folk songs, she encourages Francophone youth to discover their heritage, and helps young Anglophones to learn French. She is renowned for her energy and dynamism, winning over young people and parents alike with her albums, DVDs and live performances, where children are invited to dance and sing along. She is also greatly respected by her peers and by educators for her contributions to the vitality of Francophone culture in Canada.
- The Honorable W. Yvon Dumont, C.M., O.M.
Yvon Dumont has long contributed to the advancement of Aboriginal rights and of the Métis in particular. The former head of both the Manitoba Metis Federation and the Métis National Council, he worked to have the Métis people recognized as a distinct Indigenous population, and won official recognition for Louis Riel as the founding father of Manitoba. As the first Métis person to be appointed lieutenant governor, he has encouraged closer ties between his people and non-Native communities.