Women’s History Month: Honouring Geraldine Kakeeway!

by Lori Nelson

Beam Paints at the Douglas Family Art Centre

March is Women’s History Month and The Muse | Lake of the Woods Museum and Douglas Family Art Centre would like to recognize women who have made a significant contribution to The Muse over the years and whose work in the heritage/cultural sector inspires us.

It was in 2006 that Geraldine Kakeeway joined the Board of the Lake of the Woods Museum. Shortly after, she was instrumental in the development of the exhibit Bakaan nake’ii ngii-izhi-gakinoo’amaagoomin / We were taught differently, which explored and presented the Indian residential school experience. She has served on The Muse’s Indigenous Advisory Committee since its inception and in that capacity has assisted with programming related to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls; the jingle dress exhibit; our current project in developing an Indigenous Relations Framework; and in countless other ways.

Geraldine has been a committed friend, guide and supporter. She has helped The Muse move forward in a good way. We honour her this month!

Did you know?

In 1916 Kenora produced the most flour of any city in Canada. Between the Lake of the Woods Milling Company in Keewatin and the Maple Leaf Milling in Kenora they produced 13,000 barrels of flour a day