May 12 was Manitoba Day, a fitting day to announce 14 new individuals who will be inducted into the Order of Manitoba. Among them is Lorraine Brandson, curator of Churchill's world renowned Eskimo Museum.
She said she is humbled by the acknowledgement. "I think it's a certain recognition and validation of the projects you associate yourself with, that someone believes that they're valid," she said.
The Eskimo Museum was established 70 years ago by Catholic missionaries who recognized the value and unique qualities of the artwork being created by the Inuit people.
"Many of the missionaries were from Europe and they felt this was art and these people were artists," she said.
The museum mainly pertains to Inuit art and culture, but also includes some eye-catching natural history specimens, like a stuffed polar bear and musk ox, as well as a number of archaeological materials. But the focus is mainly on the ivory and soapstone sculptures that document daily life in the north, including hunting scenes and even a sculpture of the first airplane to land in a northern community.
"It's like an eclectic treasure chest," said Brandson, who is also deeply involved with Churchill's National Park and has written three books on the north.
Brandson will be inducted into the Order of Manitoba on May 21 at a special ceremony with Charles, the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Among the 14 recipients are Carole Vivier, CEO of Manitoba Film and Music and curling greats Jennifer Jones and Don Duguid.