Friðrika Björnsdóttir Memorial Restoration Project
Start date: 1 January, 2016
End date: 1 July, 2017
We are a group of descendants of Friðrika Björnsdóttir (1849-1884), who emigrated from Iceland with "the large group" to Canada in 1876. Friðrika lost her first 3 children in that first year in "New Iceland" (Manitoba) during the smallpox epidemic, and she later died at age 35, shortly after the birth of her 8th child. She is buried - not in a cemetery - but at her homestead in the Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton and her resting place is unmarked, except for a small picket fence. Our mission is to see her grave properly recognized, not only because she is alleged to be related to King Friðrik the VI of Denmark, (that's sort of the fun part), but more importantly, because she represents the Icelandic settlement struggles in Canada. We hope that by bringing Friðrika's story to "life" that it will assist to foster a greater understanding of those who came before us, will enhance our sense of belonging, and will leave a legacy now and for future generations - for all.
Nature of the Project Reach
Friðrika was given 28 grandchildren through 4 of her 5 daughters and her descendants now number in the hundreds, if not thousands - living in every Province and Territory.
Our goals are "The 5 P's":
1. Restore the 100 (ish) year old PICKET fence.
2. Erect a PILLAR at the grave site.
3. Install an interpretative PANEL
4. Arrange for a PROTECTIVE surround
5. PRESENT to the community!
Project Needs: Exposure! We're trying to connect with as many descendants as possible. Of course, donations are also welcome...