In Our Hearts

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Shelagh Grant was an acclaimed historian, researcher, adjunct professor, and author. Her published works include several influential books focused on the Canadian North: Sovereignty or Security? Government Policy in the Canadian North, 1936-1950, Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America, and Arctic Justice: On Trial for Murder — Pond Inlet, 1923. Her personal work was a contributed book, Mittimatalik – The History of Pond Inlet, translated into Inuktitut and donated to the community.

In 1997, Shelagh was the recipient of the Northern Science Award – the first woman historian to be awarded this medal. In 2011, she was appointed Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, in 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, in 2014, awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from Trent University, in 2015, awarded the Royal Canadian Geographical Society HMS Erebus Medal, and also awarded the Canadian Governor General’s Polar Medal. In 2017, Shelagh received the RCGS Bernier Medal.

Shelagh was a past Camp Wanapitei vice-president, board member, shareholder, and avid supporter of our mission. Amongst many accomplishments, her leadership of the site committee pushed for the bold and lasting decision to shift our buildings from the Archibald white to the present earth-tones and she was instrumental in pulling together our first large reunion, celebrating 65 years.

Shelagh passed away at her home in Peterborough with her husband Jon and her family by her side. She’s dearly missed by the Wanapitei community.

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