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Although commercial airlines have taken over many of the flights in and out of Red Lake, float planes, such as the Norseman, remain a vital part of the local way of life. Tey are the main method of transport for tourists interested in visiting Red Lake’s sport fishing and hunting lodges. Many visitors are lured by the open skies to take in an aerial tour of the town and experience the rugged beauty of the surrounding Canadian Shield from on high. Tour- ism has continued to increase in the area and is the second largest driver of the economy. No visit to Red Lake is complete without visiting the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre. Tis historical mu- seum is open year-round and provides tourist informa- tion for visitors. History buffs can immerse themselves in multi-media exhibits and displays on Aboriginal history, gold mining, the fur trade, immigration and so much more. Rather than dismissing Red Lake as just another small


northern community, if you take the time, you may dis- cover how truly interesting this gilded community is. It is far richer than first meets the eye.


Other famous people from Red Lake


• Olympic Figure Skating Pairs champion: Eric Radford


• NHL Hockey Players: Cameron Mann and Mark Vermette. • Singer: ShyAnne Hovorka. • Actress: Kristen Hager. • Clothing Designer: Linda Lundstrom • Acrobatic and race pilot: Peter McLeod


Gold-Quartz mined from Red Lake.


Gold ore from the Red Lake mine.


“My paintings are icons – that is to say, they are images which help focus on spiritual powers, generated by traditional beliefs and wisdom.”


–Copper Thunderbird


at Expo 67 where his revolutionary exhibit voiced the dissatisfaction of the First Nations People of Canada with their social and political situation. Even though he had begun to acquire fame, Norval still existed in near poverty and struggled with substance abuse for much of his life.


His work led to the evolution of the Woodland Indian School of Canadian Art and set the stage for the emergence


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of several other prominent Aboriginal artists such as Daphne Odig, Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, and Carl Ray.


Norval Morisseau was not only one of Canada’s most internationally known artists but is considered one of our greatest painters alongside of Tom Thomson and Emily Carr. Norval was the recipient of the Order of Canada, a member of the Royal Canadian Acad- emy of Art, a fellow of the Royal Society


of Canada, recipient of the Lifetime Aboriginal Achievement Award, holder of the Eagle Feather, which is the high- est honour awarded by the Assembly of First Nations, and Grand Shaman. In 2005 and 2006, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa organized a retro- spective of his work. This was the first time that the Gallery dedicated a solo exposition to an Aboriginal artist. Norval Morrisseau was 76 when he died of complications from Parkinson’s.


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Photo by Rob Lavinsky.


Photo by James St. John.


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