Canada has the largest ethnic Icelandic population outside Iceland, with over 100,000 people of Icelandic descent. Many Icelandic Canadians are descendants of people who fled an eruption of the Icelandic volcano Askja in 1875. These pioneers were highly educated, spoke several languages, progressive (women were held in equal regard) and held their own government in Canada. Education was so important to them, building a school was one of their first goals
This foundation was set up to preserve the stories, genealogy and support the Icelandic community in Gimli Manitoba, including a fund specific to preservation and improvements for the Gimli Park Pavilion.
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