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Case reflects under-reported issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal men and boys

coltoneditsthumbnailColton Crowshoe’s grandmother, Valerie Crowshoe, has always drawn strength from The Bundle.

Now 66 years old, a respected elder of the Piikani Nation, she raised her children by herself, struggling through night school without food some days to feed her children, and called on The Bundle through prayer, offering tobacco as she’d been taught all her life by her elders, to see her through.

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More than a million people attended the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth despite a week of bad weather

IMG 0292editsthumbThe sky grew darker by the minute, heavy clouds rolling in while families made their way through the entrance to the Calgary Stampede. One woman remarked, “Well, this certainly isn’t what I expected.” She wasn’t alone.

July is barely half over and Calgary has already almost doubled its normal rainfall for the entire month, recording 118.9 mm of precipitation as of July 18, when the monthly average is usually around just 65 mm.

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Storms left ENMAX Park’s new addition a muddy mess but people endured

SandbagsThumbOne of the biggest changes for the Calgary Stampede in 2016 was the unveiling of the new Indian Village in ENMAX Park.

The Calgary Journal caught up with people exploring the newly renovated space, as well Indian Village staff to hear their thoughts about the new location, its third since its inception in 1912. Set along the Elbow River, the new and large space promised a tranquil setting for visitors. However, with such a rainy Stampede, the area received mixed reviews.

One man, Patrice Conus, said he loves the village, no matter the location. In fact, Conus travels from his home — 60 miles from Geneva, Switzerland — to the Stampede just for the rodeo and Indian Village.

“It’s incredible,” he said of the rich cultural heritage.

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Understanding what it took to tame “The Beast”

FortMac3thumbnail“In six years, I don’t know if I’ve ever actually been scared before, on an emergency scene. But that night, I was.”

So says Lt. Trey Hale of the Beiseker Fire Department of the night of May 3, his first fighting the flames in Fort McMurray. At its height, the wildfire overtook more than 500,000 hectares of forest and municipal land — enough to make even the most experienced rescue workers anxious.

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