Author Margaret Laurence, from Neepawa, is being recognized by the Government of Canada for her national historic significance.

Laurence is well known and widely read and is one of Canada’s most esteemed and beloved writers. Considered as an icon of Canadian literature. She contributed to Canada’s “literary renaissance” during the 1960s and 1970s.

Representatives from Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada will take part in a plaque unveiling ceremony this afternoon to commemorate her.

Roger Schroeder the External Relations Officer for Riding Mountain National Park spoke with us about why Laurence is being recognized.

“Margaret Laurence is one of Canada’s most esteemed and beloved writers. She was designated as a person of national historic significance. Her writing style is part of the excitement and interest that people have about her as an author.”

Schroeder shares what’s going on this afternoon.

“The Margaret Laurence House is in Neepawa, that’s where we’re going to have it. There’s going to be a small ceremony, a plaque unveiling ceremony and there’s going to be some local events that are going to be happening.”

The plaque unveiling ceremony takes place at 1 this afternoon.