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Senator Johnson concludes successful visit to Iceland with Foreign Minister Baird

Photo: Eggert Jóhannesson for the Embassy of Canada in Iceland  


The Icelandic Coast Guard, Canadian expat community, Allied diplomatic missions, Icelandic Coast Guard and government security-related officials were invited to a short wreath-laying ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves section of the Fossvogur Cemetery. A visit to the graves of Canadian soldiers who died in the sinking of the Skeena in WW II was an opportunity to thank families and descendants of families who braved the North Atlantic in fishing boats to rescue Canadian sailors and to underline the relationship of Iceland as a close ally and founding member of NATO.
 

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Joanne Fredrickson DiCosimo receives Bruce Naylor award

Photo: Allan M. Johnson Author: Paul Park, Ottawa, ON


The Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada (ANHMC) announced on October 27 that Joanne Fredrickson DiCosimo is this year’s recipient of its Bruce Naylor Award. The announcement occurred at the organization’s annual reception on Parliament Hill, which is hosted by the Speaker of the House, the Honourable Andrew Scheer.
Joanne is the daughter of Bui and Lois Fredrickson, and granddaughter of Oscar and Petronella (Nellie) Fredrickson of Winnipegosis, Manitoba. Joanne grew up and attended school in Winnipegosis and subsequently received the B.A. (Hons) from the University of Winnipeg and the Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. After serving as Executive Director of the Manitoba Museum, she served as President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa for 14 years.

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Lost Tribes monument created by Icelandic artist Vala Ola

Photo: Erna Pomrenke Author: Erna Pomrenke, Manassas, VA with the support of Vala Ola


Earlier this year, an eight-foot-tall bronze monument, known as Lost Tribes, was placed downtown in Avon, Colorado, as a tribute to the Native Americans. It was the creation of Icelandic artist Vala Ola who resides in Arizona. Before sculpting Lost Tribes, she researched the rich history of America and became interested in the Native Americans. At the time when Leifur Eiríksson came to North America there were many tribes in this land that later vanished. The Lost Tribes sculpture edition is a tribute to all the Native American tribes lost to the past. The rich history and tradition of the native peoples of America adds a beautiful layer to this land. Imported illnesses, warfare, and colonialism caused some of the native tribes to be lost forever. This work of art by Vala honors those lost to us.

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