Dear Members of the Danish Federation,
Ambassador Hanne Fugl Eskjær took up her duties as Denmark's
ambassador to Canada last month. She was previously Denmark's Arctic
Ambassador. I met with her at the Danish Embassy in Ottawa on October
3rd. Here are the highlights of our talk.
When Ambassador Eskjær presented her credentials to Governor General
Julie Payette on September 9th the Ambassador mentioned Jens Munk and
his 1619-1620 expedition to the Governor General.
Ambassador Eskjær plans to attend the Jens Munk event in Churchill,
Manitoba, next year.
Ambassador Eskjær is very much interested in Ole Japp's film The
Northwest Xpedition, about Jens Munk's expedition, and would like to
obtain a copy of this movie. This movie was shown at the Leif Erikson
Festival at the Scandinavian Centre in Burnaby on Saturday, October
5th. This was a Canadian premiere.
The ambassador also expressed an interest in visiting the various
Danish organizations across Canada. She specifically mentioned Dickson.
Ambassador Eskjær is also keen to commemorate and celebrate the 100th
anniversary of Knud Rasmussen's Fifth Thule Expedition 1921-1924,
which took him across Arctic Canada by dog sleigh, and further West to
Alaska and Siberia. Along the way he collected invaluable artifacts
and stories about the Inuit in Canada. Knud Rasmussen spoke
Greenlandic and was able to communicate with most of the Inuit he met
in Arctic Canada. I will be in touch with the Embassy again about
commemorating Knud Rasmussen's Expedition.
Rolf Buschardt Christensen, B.A., M.A.
President, Federation of Danish Associations in Canada
679 Eastvale Court, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1J 6Z7