Established in memory of Walter Gibbins
Walter Gibbins was born in Winnipeg in 1940, and received his B.Sc. from the University of Manitoba , M.Sc. from Northwestern University (Illinois) and Ph.D. from MacMaster University. He worked for the NWT Geological Division of the Department of Indian Affairs, Yellowknife from 1974 until his death in 1992.
Walter was a very well-known figure in geology and mining circles. He was a district geologist and part of his work involved training northerners in geology and prospecting. He specialized in soapstone and other carving stone, and worked closely with Inuit carvers from many Northwest Territories (NWT) communities and settlements (some of which are now in Nunavut). Walter also published several papers on geology, primarily the geology of the NWT.
Walter’s interest in geology is perhaps best expressed in the extensive mineral collection he accumulated throughout his career. The Walter Gibbins Memorial Fund was established for the maintenance of the Walter Gibbins mineral collection and the display cases used to house the collection, as well as for geological education in the NWT. The mineral collection is maintained by the NWT Mining Heritage Society and has been displayed in a number of locations in the City of Yellowknife . The collection will ultimately be housed in the NWT Mining Heritage Centre.