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    Thursday 19 March Winnipeg, MB: The Department of Icelandic Language & Literature and the Icelandic Collection present The Authors of Read More
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    FILM Thursday 19 March Markerville, AB: Last Days of the Arctic will be shown at Fensala Hall. Doors open 7 Read More
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    Thursdays Lestrarfélagið Gleym-Mér-Ei, Est’d 1996 Winnipeg, MB: Icelandic Collection University of Manitoba. 7 p.m. (except May which is 6:30 p.m.) Read More
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Countdown to the 100th anniversary of Jon Sigurdsson Chapter IODE

Photo: Len Dalman Author: Karen Botting, Winnipeg, MB

Ninety-nine years ago, on March 16, 1916, a group of Icelandic women formed the Jon Sigurdsson Primary Chapter of IODE in Winnipeg. Today, it continues to thrive, with a membership made up predominantly of women with Icelandic heritage.
In one year, the Jon Sigurdsson Chapter will celebrate its 100th anniversary and, in order to countdown to this momentous occasion, the 100th Anniversary Committee will submit articles to Lögberg-Heimskringla on a monthly basis outlining its history, decade by decade.
The national IODE began in 1900 as a Canadian women’s charitable organization by women who wanted to help the soldiers fighting in the African wars. By 1916, the focus had changed to supporting the soldiers in World War I. Thus, the Jon Sigurdsson Chapter was created largely to make a worthwhile contribution toward the war effort.
Today the mission of the IODE is to improve the quality of life for children, youth, and those in need, through education, social service, and citizenship programs. There are approximately 50 current members who support a scholarship program, presenting between 12 and 15 scholarships annually to Manitoba students attending universities and other post-secondary institutions, or pursuing advanced music programs.

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The Seven Teachings and More: Bjarnadóttir links ancient knowledge to environment

Photo: Michel Forest Author: Michel Forest, Winnipeg Beach, MB

“Knowledge is not yours to keep but to share with others.” – Garry ‘Morning Star’ Raven
Icelandic environmental-ethonologist Björk Bjarnadóttir first met traditional Anishinaabeg teacher Garry Raven of Hollow Water in 2003 when she came to Canada from Iceland to study at the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba.
“I had made inquiries about who to speak with in the Aboriginal community about the connections between ancient knowledge and the environment, and somebody told me that I should contact Garry Raven,” Bjarnadóttir began.
Shortly thereafter, Bjarnadóttir took part in an Aboriginal protest against logging and water pollution in the fall of 2003 at Grassy Narrows in northwestern Ontario, and it was there that she met Raven for the first time.
“It was sheer coincidence that Garry happened to be there, as I had made no attempts to contact him at that time,” Bjarnadóttir explained, adding that she believed that it was destiny’s way of making sure that their paths would cross.
Bjarnadóttir returned to her native Iceland later that fall to finish her Master’s degree in environmental science at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík.

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Training to play on a national level

Photo courtesy of Lilja Gudmundsdottir Author: Lilja Gudmundsdottir, Nevada City, CA

Sjon Gudmundur Connors is a 13-year-old who loves playing soccer. He lives in Nevada City, California with his mom, Lilja Gudmundsdottir, his dad, Brian Connors, and older siblings, Sage and Romeo, and his nine-year-old German shepherd, Ranger. Sjon’s mother Lilja moved from Iceland to the United States 21 years ago, living first in South Carolina for three years and then moving to California, where she met her husband Brian.
This year has been an exciting soccer year for Sjon. He played a forward position for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Northern California 2001 Boys’ Team in the ODP Regional Championships in Arizona. There, his team beat out 11 other western states to take the gold back to Nor-Cal, the first time in eight years a Nor-Cal boys’ team in any age group had reached that level. To get on the ODP Nor-Cal team, Sjon first had to beat out 200 other top-tier players in his age group.

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