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“ Students at Karihwanoron Mohawk Immersion School have been learning Mohawk language, philosophy and culture since 1988. But the school doesn’t qualify for adequate government funding, so it’s at risk of closing down. “

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Waneek Horn Miller, Olympic athlete and Pan Am Games leader, talks about her painful, personal memories of the Oka Crisis.

A very powerful interview.

Chinese national gymnastics team to train in Alberta hamlet

A gymnastics centre in the tiny hamlet of Tawatinaw, which opened two years ago as a place for rural children to learn gymnastics, is about to serve as the training facility for the Chinese national team.

“This is surreal. I have a hard time bringing people out from Edmonton,” said Bobby Kriangkum, program coordinator at the Pine Valley Gym Centre.

“We’re having people come all the way out from Beijing at the national training centre. This is crazy for us.”

According to Statistics Canada, Tawatinaw, a hamlet 70 kilometres north of Edmonton, is known chiefly for the Pine Valley Snow Resort, a ski hill on the edge of the Tawatinaw Valley. 

The hamlet itself is estimated to have a population of 10 people. Kriangkum thinks that might be generous.

Two years ago the Kriangkum family, which owns the ski hill, opened the centre to give kids who live north of Edmonton a chance to learn gymnastics.

Dom Kriangkum was a member of the University of Alberta Golden Bears gymnastics club, and his son Bobby and daughter Pam competed for Thailand and Canada. 

The dream was for his son and daughter to continue with gymnastics after they finish school, while teaching area children, Dom Kriangkum said.

From the outside, the gym looks like a modern farming facility, but it’s a world class gymnastics club with in-floor trampolines, rings, high bars, uneven bars and a spring floor.

Children come from the nearby towns of Westlock, Clyde and Athabasca.

Cindy Scott brings daughters Mara, 9, and Lyla, 5, from their home — a 10-minute drive away, where they moved after living in Fort McMurray and Edmonton.

“We kind of had the perception that there was not going to be as many opportunities,” Scott said. “We’re finding out more and more that there’s so much they can do here with skiing or with gymnastics.

"It’s great to be able to offer them this and still live in a country environment.”

The Chinese national gymnastics team is expected to use the Pine Valley Gym Centre for training from Sept. 21-27 before competing in Montreal at the world championships in early October.

“With our facility, we are not in an urban centre,” said Bobby Kriangkum, explaining the Pine Valley gym’s appeal to the Chinese team. “We also have the type of seclusion where they can have focused training to make sure that they can be as prepared mentally and physically as they can, so that when they go to Montreal they perform the best that they can

"The athletes who are going to be here are former Olympic and world champions,” Dom Kriangkum said. “It would be great for our local kids to go and rub shoulders with the athletes.”

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Never-before-broadcast CBC footage of Bill Murray, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Joe Flaherty, Harold Ramis, Brian Doyle-Murray and others.. This material was shot in 1974 for a CBC documentary about National Lampoon Magazine.

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CBC The National: Hozier Explains Take Me to Church song and video 

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Owen Perry aka CIRCA 1983 (Canada) - El Tatio

El Tatio is a geyser field about 2 hours drive from San Pedro de Atacama located at 4,320 meters above sea level. After his surreal journey to the place, Canadian interactive web designer and visual artist Owen Perry come back with some spectacular shots. Based out of Whistler, British Columbia and specializing in landscape and travel photography, Owen’s primary influences are the nostalgic qualities of film as well as Canadian cultural narratives owed to the Group of Seven, National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and National Geographic. 

© All images courtesy of the artist

[more Owen Perry aka CIRCA 1983 | artist found at Colossal]

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“Canadians needn’t fear ISIS” says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan

Canada’s newly appointed Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan sits down with CBC News to discuss the appointment, his experience and issues facing the country.

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How did Weird Al hit the top of the sales charts? @cbcian chats with the 80s funnyman.

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Generation Screwed? 

What do you think? 

And yes, that’s UBC!