As Canada gets ready to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we at Providence want to congratulate the leaders of our country on this milestone. Canada has become, and continues to strive to be, an example to the world in terms of the social well-being of its citizens. That the world’s immigrants are coming in droves is testimony to the greatness of our nation.
We acknowledge that this land, and particularly the land upon which Providence carries out its mission, was home to a people who were here long before immigrants arrived. Providence sits on territory that is part of the first treaty between the original inhabitants and the first European immigrants. Now many immigrants have arrived and are calling this land home. In keeping with Treaty One signed in 1871, the Indigenous peoples are the original stewards and current hosts to all of us who live here now.
Providence was born in the wake of a religious revival that swept through Winnipeg and Western Canada in the 1920s. We are so thankful for the heritage of godly women and men who poured their lives into students from 1925 until today. We still maintain the Christian heritage which existed since day one.
We are proud to be a part of Canada. We have exhibited our pride through our contributions to this great country. Over 9,000 students have studied at Providence. They have left Providence as changed people, people of faith, who have taken their faith into churches and the marketplaces of life. They’ve served in schools, hospitals, businesses and many social service organizations. They’ve raised families, volunteered in communities and brought the Christian gospel to those in need of hope.
We are especially proud of our rural setting. Our graduates have stayed on the farm, have inherited family businesses in small communities and have contributed to communities in small-town Manitoba. First Nations graduates have worked on reserves and in urban areas, serving their communities. Immigrants have learned English and become productive members of Canadian society. International students have returned to their homelands, taking their experiences of Canada with them. We are proud to be part of Canadian society.
We look forward to contributing to Canada’s next 150 years. With the resources God provides through students, friends and the Manitoba government, our intention is to become one of the leading Christ-centred universities in Canada. This country was founded upon and has grown because of religious values such as generosity, kindness, peace and goodness. Part of our stated purpose is to help people grow in knowledge and character. A robust and vibrant values-based education is what Canada needs to maintain its place as a leader in the world of nations.
David H. Johnson