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Icelandic instruction at Wesley College


Author: Stefan Jonasson

Today, the University of Manitoba is known as home to the only Department of Icelandic Language and Literature outside of Iceland itself, but most people who are familiar with it don’t realize that it wasn’t the first such chair in Icelandic. Fifty years before the establishment of the Icelandic chair at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg’s Wesley College appointed a lecturer in Icelandic in collaboration with the Icelandic Evangelical Lutheran Synod and Icelandic was recognized as a core language on the curriculum of that college and neighbouring Manitoba College.  . . .


Icelandic National League of Iceland has enjoyed a busy season

Photo: © Kent Lárus Björnsson

Author: Kent Lárus Björnsson, Reykjavík, Iceland

The annual general meeting of Þjóðræknisfélag Íslendinga (Icelandic National League of Iceland) was held on April 27, 2017. It was very well attended by some 50 people and was a very enjoyable meeting. Halldór Árnason went over the past and future activities of the group. Formal meeting issues were dealt with like finances and changes to bylaws. The new chairman, Hjálmar W. Hannesson, former ambassador and consul general, was elected and there were some other minor changes to the board membership. After the formal meeting, there was a lecture given by Baldur Hafstað, who is a former professor at the University of Iceland. He spoke about the author Jóhann Magnús Bjarnason. It was a very interesting talk about a very interesting person.  . . .


The princess and the poet

Photo: Breanne Bannerman

Author: Wilhelm Kristjanson, Vox Wesleyana, 1920

Will Kristjanson (1896-1979) was widely known throughout the Icelandic community as an educator, public servant, historian, and editor. The author of The Icelandic People of Manitoba: A Manitoba Saga, “Shoal Lake Sketches,” and “Glimpses of Oxford,” he was the longtime editor-in-chief of The Icelandic Canadian, now Icelandic Connection.  . . .




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