From a website I learned, Two communities share the name Norway House: Norway House Cree Nation and the adjacent non-treaty community of Norway House. The community of Norway House is located on the east channel of the Nelson River, approximately 29 kms North of Lake Winnipeg. Norway House was the crossroads of the northern transport network of the Hudson’s bay Company during the 19th century.The terrain, which currently severely limits economic opportunity, is primarily a granite base with little or no soil cover. Large areas are marshy and there are many small creeks, streams and rivers. Several small lakes lie in the nearby area, and much of the water-ways are dotted with Islands.Commercial fishing is conducted throughout the year. Fishers deliver their catch to the Play Green Point and Whisky Jack fish stations.Other factors in the economy are trapping and local services, as Norway House is a regional centre. Trapping occurs in the Norway House registered Trap Line Zone. Wild Rice has been seeded in shallow lakes east of Norway House. Continuing its history as a regional centre, Norway House is also a transportation centre with air carriers flying in all directions. Three structures – The Archway Warehouse, Jail and Powder Magazine survive as tangible reminders of the importance of this place in western British North America.
Some of you may one day win an Isbister Scholarship to University. These prizes given annually, are only part of the gifts given Manitobans by Alexander Kennedy Isbister over 80 years ago. He was the son of Post Master (i.e. the manager of the post) Thomas Isbister of Norway House. Thomas one day was gored to death by a bull, so the bull was taken over to a nearby island, tied down, and burned to death in vengeance. That is why the island is still called Bull Island.
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