Greatest People of the Winnipeg River

Winnipeg River Heritage Museum Launches poll to narrow down our regional best

Photo: Early 20th century industrialist, J.D. McArthur (left) and First Nations leader Phil Fontaine are two of the more obvious choices for inclusion.

By Don Norman

The Winnipeg River Heritage Museum is working on developing a list of the Greatest People of the Winnipeg River.

One of the permanent exhibits planned for the Museum includes a wall of the Greatest People of the Winnipeg River and the idea is to get the community involved in determining who those people might be.

Nominees can be living or historical figures. Examples might include people like former Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, or McArthur Falls namesake, J.D. McArthur who started the pulp and paper mill in Pine Falls.

It’s important to note that “great” does not necessarily mean “good.” While it’s undeniable that McArthur had a huge impact on the region, while some may view him as a sharp entrepreneur who brought industry and prosperity to the region, others may view him as a greedy industrialist who exploited workers and the environment to make money.

Once the list is complete, in addition to the display at the Winnipeg River Heritage Museum, companion book is planned that will be sold at the Winnipeg River Heritage Museum.

The nomination period will start now and run until July 31. Please send your nominations to cdc@granite.mb.ca. There will also be an on-line poll to solicit nominations but the bugs are still being worked out.

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