Two Icelandic leaders visit Manitoba and North Dakota
Eygló Harðardóttir, the Minister for Social Affairs and Housing in the Government of Iceland and Agnes Sigurðardóttir the first woman Bishop of the Icelandic Lutheran (state) church visited Manitoba, Canada and North Dakota, USA this summer.
They both visited the unique new Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg and other sites in the historic city where there are so many Icelandic connections since 1875. They also both visited Gimli and other places in New Iceland, Manitoba as well as the many Icelandic places in North Dakota, including Pembina, Mountain, Gardar and Thingvalla.
Eygló was the Guest of Honour at the celebrations of the National Day of Iceland on 17 June in Manitoba´s magnificent Legislative Building and gave the main speech. She had a very full schedule, visiting two Winnipeg housing projects, meeting Manitoba Ministers and leaders of Icelandic descent both sides of the international border.
Bishop Agnes was the Guest of Honour at the Deuce of August celebrations in Mountain, ND and at the Íslendingadagurinn in Gimli. In both places she delivered the main speeches and took part in parades and other traditions of the two Icelandic Festivals. She visited a number of Icelandic and other churches both sides of the border.
It was the first visit for both ladies and they enjoyed the warm hospitality and friendly receptions greatly. Both intend to come back and spend more time in this "Icelandic" region.