Clearances statue unveiled in Canada
A statue has been unveiled in Winnipeg Canada marking the achievements of those who left Scotland for Canada during the Highland Clearances. It is the fist statue of its kind to be erected outside Scotland and is a twin of a sculpture called The Exiles, sited in Helmsdale in Sutherland. That memorial was unveiled by First Minister Alex Salmond last summer.
Mr Russell, who unveiled the bronze statue also used the occasion to promote Homecoming 2009 – next year’s celebration of all things Scottish.
His speech highlighted the legacy that linked Scotland and Canada and encouraged people of Scottish ancestry to return to their roots next year.