Lögberg-Heimskringla - 13.05.1994, Blaðsíða 2

Lögberg-Heimskringla - 13.05.1994, Blaðsíða 2
2 • Lögberg-Heimskringla • Föstudagur 13. maí 1994 Þorrablót in Wynyard by Joan Eyolfson Cadham "Icelanders were the firs't group other than the aboriginals and the Scottish fur traders to reach the Elfros; Wynyard, Foam Lake, Churchbridge areas," said MayorSharon Armstrong, welcoming 250 revellers to the 13th annual Vatnabyggð Club Þorrablót held in Wynyard. "Icelanders didn't go just anywhere — it had something to do with the lakes. But they came, and they settled, and they were a major factor in the development of Saskatchewan," she said. Mayor Armstrong cited the contribu- tions of the Icelandic community, high- lighting music, poetry, literary achieve- ment, farming, fishing, agriculture, cul- tural excellence and a past president of the University of Saskatchewan. Mayor Armstrong greeted the crowd in Icelandic and English, and the bilin- gual flavour was continued by Marj Nainaar of Canwood who, as Past President of the Multicultural Council of Sáskatchewan, presented a plaque of appreciation to Eric Stefanson, past Vice President of the Council. The Vatnabyggð Icelandic Club focuses on multiculturalism as one of its aims and ideals. Representatives of the Club represent the Icelandic community Samgönguráðuneytið sendir bestu kveðjur til Öíslendinga, sem búsettir eru í Vesturheimi og afkomerida þeirra, með von um að sem flestir þeirra sjái sér fært að heim- sækja ísland á þessu afmælisári íslenska lýðveldisins og treysta þannig gömul og ný tengsl þessara landa. Samgönguráðuneytið. To Icelanders and their families residing in Canada and the USA, the Ministry of Communications sends its best wishes and welcomes them to Iceland, pn the 50th Anniversary of the Republic where family ties can be strengthened and established anew. i The JVUnistry of Communications in Iceland. Above: éAarj Nainaarwith Eric Stefanson. Left: Vatnabyggö Þorrablót — on the floor. Right: Like mother, like daughter— Cindy and Michelle Goodman. at festivals across the province and Stella Stefanson, club secretary and librarian in Elfros, presents multicultur- al and citizenship displays under the auspices of Vatnabyggð. Herman Slotsve, President of the Multicultural Council and Marj Nainaar both com- mended the local Icelanders on "respecting the Canadian flag while still retaining your own culture." As in all parts of North America where Icelanders gather, Þorrablót in Wynyard was celebrated with an equal mix of good food, a cultural compo- nent, and country dancing. Food included rúllupylsa, brown bread, lifrarpylsa, cold meats, a cheese platter, salads, mysuostur, skyr, vínarterta, sweet soup, assorted squares, and lashings of coffee. The formal program was emceed for the thirteenth time by Raymond Stefanson of Saskatoon who is an English professor in his spare time when he is not corresponding with Einar and Siggi. Stefanson shared Einar's most recent letter with the Þórrablót crowd, a long dissertation on Siggi's ventures into the Lillehammar Olympics. Jón Jónsson, Consul of Iceland in .Saskatchewan, gave Iceland's history, pointing out that this June 17, Iceland will celebrate 50 years of independence from Denmark. "From 1262 until 1382, Iceland was ruled by Norway, and from 1382 to 1944 by Denmark," he said. "In their 1120 year history, Icelanders have experienced 682 years of foreign rule and enjoyed 438 years of indepen- dence." Iceland straddles the Arctic Circle at the top of the North Atlantic, has a pop- ulation one quarter the size of Saskatchewan, and is half the physical size of Saskatchewan with two per cent arabíe land. he reminded the crowd. Natural resources are limited to fish. hydro-electric and thermal power. However, Jónsson said, Iceland, with a population of 260,000, has a standard of living consistently among the top ten countries, shares the highest life expectancy with Japan, has the lowest infant mortality rate, no armed forees and 100 per cent literacy. The first democratically elected woman head of state came frqm Iceland he said, and, amid cheers, he pointed out that Iceland featured the first gener- al strike by women to" shut down a country. On a per capita basis, Iceland holds the world record or ranks near the top in books published, number of book stores, cöffee drinking, phone conversa- tions, running up of Visa charges, num- ber of chess Grand Masters, and win- ners of Miss World and Miss Universe contests. "It is the perseverance, hard work and the ingenuity of its people in har- nessing their resources that have made Iceland a modern and progressive soci- ety and a well-respected member of the international commUnity." Jónsson said "It is also a community that is proud of and determined to preserve its literary, artistic and cultural heritage." Entertainment included the Ice- landic choir in English and Icelandic, the Cantabile Singers of Wynyard, many of whom are also members of the Icelandic choir, and the Vatnabyggð Dancers. 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