Sigtryggur Statue

Sigtryggur Jónasson, 'Father of New Iceland'

...visionary, trail-blazer, pioneer, statesman... a truly remarkable individual.


The 18 inch bronze sculpture shown here is the model for a 7 foot bronze that is now in the works and will be unveiled on the bank of the Icelandic River at Riverton in 2012, the 160th anniversary of the birth of Sigtryggur Jónasson (1852-1942).  Sigtryggur, now recognized by the Federal Government of Canada as "a person of national historic significance", was not only a pioneer leader, trail-blazer, and life-long champion of the New Iceland settlement on Lake Winnipeg, he was the first Icelander to settle in Canada (1872). As an untiring entrepreneur, community builder, and statesman, he was also a model citizen in the service of Canada - while at the same time remaining a dedicated son of Iceland and supporter of Icelandic culture on both sides of the ocean.  Just 20 years of age when he came to Canada and began his remarkable career on his own initiative, he was truly outstanding individual.  Without Sigtryggur Jónasson, the history of the Icelandic people in North America would undoubtedly have unfolded very differently and none of the approximately 200,000 descendants of the Icelandic immigrants living in Canada would be who they are or live where they do today...

Update October 20, 2012... Statue Unveiled on west bank of the Icelandic River, Riverton,Manitoba.






Sigtryggur Jónasson, Father of Icelandic Settlement in Canada, Father of New Iceland, "Canadian of national historic significance"