Vote for the Greatest People of the Winnipeg River

Winnipeg River Heritage Museum Launches poll to narrow down our regional difference-makers

Photo: Early 20th century industrialist, J.D. McArthur (left), First Nations leader Phil Fontaine (centre) and Edythe Ehrlich (right), Manitoba’s first female mayor (Lac du Bonnet) are some 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 and they are asking for your help!

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; McArthur Falls namesake, J.D. McArthur who started the pulp and paper mill in Pine Falls; or Charlotte Whitehead Ross, Manitoba’s first female physician (who had a practice in Whitemouth).

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

Please fill out the form below to do your part in making this project a reality!

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