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  • Keywords
    • Icelanders in Canada,
    • Viking history,
    • Canada's development,
    • Early Manitoba,
    • Canadian immigrant story,
    • Icelandic emigrant story,
    • Family history/biography

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Icelanders Arrive and Strive - A Manitoba Story
by Robert C. A. Frederickson

Since the Viking era, Icelandic emigrants have been forging new paths and communities. Icelanders Arrive and Strive – A Manitoba Story shares, through the journey of one family, the story of how Icelandic immigrants settled in Canada and shaped the country's history. Author Robert C. A. Frederickson connects a personal history—full of memorable characters at momentous moments—to the broader story of how Canada came to be. His great grandparents, Fridjon and Gudny Fridriksson, played a significant part in Manitoba’s development through pioneering, community building, interacting with key historic figures, such as Lord Dufferin, and paving the way for the legal and political contributions of their son-in-law, Thomas Hermann Johnson, who became one of Manitoba’s most popular politicians and contributed to major liberal legislative achievements. Set shortly after Confederation, between 1872 and 1927, this epic of nation building is a model for modern times, showcasing strength, courage, liberalism, humanitarianism, and moderation in leadership and governance. The first historical chronicle of the series, New Iceland and Beyond—A 175-Year Icelandic-Canadian Saga, this book sets the stage for recounting the ongoing adventures of Icelandic descendants in Manitoba and across the country and globe.

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The great-grandson of Icelanders’ main characters, Robert C. A. Frederickson has insider knowledge—from anecdotes to historic pictures and letters—that give this history a poignant relevance. As a third-generation descendant, he’s contributed to the University of Manitoba Icelandic Collection Archives, the New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli, Manitoba, and the Icelandic Emigration Center in Hofsos, Iceland, as well as other Icelandic organizations and initiatives. He received a broad and diverse education at the University of Manitoba, culminating in a PhD in the new field, at the time in Manitoba, of Neuropharmacology. The author of another thought-provoking book, Reality vs Quantum Mysticism, Frederickson writes to resolve issues and share information, while also working on projects to help the planet, including an international green-energy company. When he’s not travelling the world and visiting Iceland to reconnect with distant relatives and good friends, he enjoys retired life in Nanaimo, B.C., reading and hiking with his wife and pet beagle, and getting together with his children and grandchildren whenever he can. Website:


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