In the Manitoba Legislature last week Flin Flon MLA Clarence Pettersen related the story of David Collins. He explained how Metis trapper David Collins showed some stones to Tom Creighton that led to the development of the Flin Flon mine. He said Collins received six dollars worth of flour, lard and tea while the stones resulted in over 14 billion dollars at today’s value of ore. Pettersen said on September 27th he joined others at the unveiling of a cairn honoring Collins for his part in the discovery praising those involved. He said thanks to the perseverance of Collins’ descendents and the tireless advocacy of Gerry Clark and his committee a beautiful stone now stands commemorating the historical truth that Flin Flon’s history started with the help of a Metis trapper named David Collins and it continues because Flin Flon cares about their history and their heritage.
The cairn is located at the south end of Main Street in the Neighbors of the North Park.