Icelandic settlers honoured in Kinmount
On October 6th a presentation of a special window dedicated to the memory of the 352 Icelandic settlers, who resided in Kinmount Ontario under extremely dire circumstances from fall 1874 to fall 1875 took place. This window will be placed in the old sawmill currently being restored in the village. This was the first settlement of a large group of Icelanders in Canada and sadly it ended with tragic consequences where many Icelanders lost their lives, in particular young children.
This commendable effort to honour the memory of the settlers from Iceland in Kinmount was led by the Honorary consul of Iceland in Toronto, Gail McCreery – Einarson, the artist and sculptor Gudrun Girgis, whose sculpture “In Presence of a Soul”, dedicated in the memory of the Settlement was unveiled in 2000 in Kinmount and Don Gislason, a writer on the history the Icelandic settlement in Kinmount and elswhere. The Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto was the main supporter of this initiative.
Picture as seen from the left: Thordur Aegir Oskarsson, Ambassador of Iceland to Canada, Gudrun Girgis sculptor, Diane Austin, Chairperson, Kinmount Committee for Planning and Economic Development. Gail McCleery-Einarson Honorary Consul of Iceland in Toronto and Lorie Scott, MPP for Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes-Brock.