The Saga of a Lake, a People, a Family and a Man

Well-known mediator and lawyer, Glenn Sigurdson blends personal memoir, family history and Icelandic lore in a unique and wide-ranging autobiography. Vikings on a Prairie Ocean brings to life the people and places of Lake Winnipeg since the arrival of the Icelandic settlers to its shores in 1875 through the engaging lens of a family legacy of fishing on those waters. The perils of summer and winter fishing on an unpredictable and unforgiving lake are interwoven with accounts of Aboriginal partnerships, colourful characters, and a proud, resilient family.
“Glenn has a special relationship with the people of Canada’s First Nations. For the Cree and Ojibway, and the Icelanders of Lake Winnipeg, this book will always have a special meaning. Few Canadians, if any, could have written this; every Canadian should read it.”—Phil Fontaine, o.c, o.m., former National Chief, Assembly of First Nations“This book is full of surprises but none more than the creative way in which Glenn weaves together the influences of people and places, and values from an earlier time, to shape a path-breaking career helping others reach tough decisions, and resolve deeply embedded differences. This book is full of wisdom fired by a vast range of experience.” —Barry Stuart, former Chief Judge, Yukon
“Glenn Sigurdson has written a book straight from his heart: part family chronicle; part personal history of Lake Winnipeg and the fishing culture it nourished; and part homage to Manitoba’s extraordinary Icelandic community and its contributions to Canada. This is a story of how our country was built, and of the iron-willed people who against great odds built it.”—Scott McIntyre, o.c, former publisher of Douglas & McIntyre Books
“With Vikings on a Prairie Ocean Glenn Sigurdson has written a book that will be read not just for pleasure for it is filled with interesting facts, anecdotes and people but it will be necessary reading for anyone who wants to understand early Icelandic immigration to Canada and the rise of the fishing industry on Lake Winnipeg.”— W.D. Valgardson
“Vikings on a Prairie Ocean is an important book rich in local content, and is eminently readable.” — Winnipeg Free Press
“powerful and profound … This is a book that should rightly be in the library of every Icelander” — Logberg-Heimskringla