February 21, 2024

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Properly, that was one thing.

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The previous summer season was the busiest wildfire season for Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo since 2016. There have been issues with encampments and housing. The opioid disaster claimed essentially the most victims in 2023.

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However there have been additionally occasions to have fun. The Arctic Winter Video games was a celebration of northern sports activities and tradition. Building started on large transportation tasks and the Northside Enviornment, and continued on flood mitigation. There have been loads of cultural, inventive and spiritual occasions that have been hosted.

Have an amazing 2024, everybody!

Fort McMurray hosts wildfire evacuees from Fort Chipewyan and N.W.T.

Roughly 1,000 individuals have been capable of safely go away Fort Chipewyan when wildfires threatened the group in Might. Everybody began returning three weeks later. Many individuals misplaced personal cabins, however the wildfire stayed out of Fort Chipewyan and close by reserves.

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Evacuating Fort Chipewyan and coordinating evacuees, emergency staff and volunteers was a large logistical endeavor. Wildfires this 12 months within the area burned greater than 3,643 sq. kilometres, principally across the Fort Chipewyan space.

Greater than 350 individuals from Fort Smith, NWT and Fort Fitzgerald have been flown to Fort McMurray in August and stayed within the metropolis for greater than a month.

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The municipality spent greater than $4.1 million responding to wildfires within the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo area final summer season. 

A neighborhood breakdown of funding spent by Alberta Wildfire, the Canadian Armed Forces, the province, dozens of fireplace departments that arrived in Fort Chipewyan, and different companies and authorities companies is troublesome to calculate. Nevertheless, wildfire officers say the full is excessive.

Fort McMurray additionally had extra smoky days than some other 12 months, together with 2016. Air high quality breached protected air tips almost 4,000 instances since wildfire season started in April.

It’s arduous to foretell what subsequent 12 months’s wildfire season will appear like domestically, though federal and provincial officers fear dry fall circumstances and minimal snowfall throughout a lot of Alberta will flip lots of the province’s forests into tinder.

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Northern sports activities and tradition celebrated on the Arctic Winter Video games

The 12 months began with a celebration of the athletics and tradition of the north on the Arctic Winter Video games.

The biannual occasion is the most important of its variety hosted in Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo. Roughly 2,000 individuals traveled from Alaska, Greenland, and the Sámi territories of Norway, Sweden and Finland. Canada despatched athletes from northern Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon and the Nunavik area of northern Quebec.

Native athletes received dozens of medals in alpine snowboarding, arctic sports activities and Dene video games, badminton, basketball, determine skating, boys’ and ladies’ futsal, boys’ and ladies’ hockey, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Indigenous individuals from throughout the north bonded over their traditions, cultures and struggles. Two academics at Holy Trinity Excessive Faculty have been a feel-good story once they made basketball jerseys after Alaska’s feminine basketball group misplaced their jerseys.

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The video games had their challenges, although. They have been delayed a 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Russian group was suspended after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The video games struggled discovering volunteers for occasions. Freezing temperatures at a gap ceremony full of lengthy speeches meant most athletes didn’t get to see the fireworks or the complete efficiency from the Halluci Nation.

But, the video games are nonetheless thought-about an financial and cultural success. Many video games have been filled with followers and the curious. Guests from around the globe packed lodges and could possibly be seen purchasing throughout downtown.

Organizers hope the video games have confirmed that Fort McMurray is an ideal spot for sports activities and competitions of all sizes. Whereas Fort McMurray misplaced the bid for the 2026 Alberta Summer time Video games, Baseball Canada is internet hosting nationwide championships in Fort McMurray in the course of the subsequent three summers. MacDonald Island Park is internet hosting the New Holland Canadian U21 Curling Championships in March.

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UCP expel Zulkifl Mujahid as candidate, permitting Tany Yao to stay as MLA

Tany Yao, UCP MLA for Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo, didn’t have a cheerful ending to 2022. UCP members within the using elected Mujahid as their candidate for the Might 2023 election. Mujahid had defeated Yao after signing up a large variety of new members.

However issues regarded up for Yao in April when the UCP ousted Mujahid as their candidate after studying he confronted a restraining order—which has since been changed with a mutual no-contact order—and a lawsuit that has but to be heard in courtroom. Yao was appointed the candidate in late April.

Mujahid pleaded with Premier Danielle Smith to take him again as candidate, and hoped different UCP MLAs would come to his assist. When this didn’t occur, Mujahid ran as an impartial and completed fourth. He additionally turned in opposition to the UCP and accused Smith of corruption. He organized a protest outdoors a fundraiser dinner in Fort McMurray simply earlier than the election.

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Native UCP members stated Mujahid’s nomination victory created a chaotic environment. His opponents claimed Mujahid was poorly knowledgeable about native points and didn’t perceive what an MLA does. Mujahid doesn’t deny this however says he acquired little assist from UCP members.

Yao’s appointment was additionally polarizing to UCP members. Critics felt Yao ought to have actively campaigned in opposition to COVID-19 measures. Others stated Yao had not completed a lot within the using. When Smith informed members Yao would substitute Mujahid, some social gathering members have been livid they’d not get to have a nomination race.

Yao was victorious in his reelection. Smith has appointed Yao as parliamentary secretary for small enterprise and northern growth. Yao ignored Mujahid in the course of the election, however took one shot at his failed marketing campaign on election night time.

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“The extra individuals I talked to, the extra doorways I knocked on, I spotted individuals have been specializing in all the correct issues within the election and that was the economic system and jobs,” stated Yao. “They weren’t being distracted by some people who had private visions of glory.”

Loads of protests in Fort McMurray

The 12 months was marked by loads of protests in Fort McMurray, most of which have been both supportive or important of the 2SLGBTQI+ group.

In April, ousted UCP candidate Zulkifl Mujahid led a protest in opposition to Premier Danielle Smith whereas she hosted a fundraising dinner at MacDonald Island Park. Mujahid and his supporters have been mad Smith wouldn’t let him again into the social gathering as their candidate.

Mujahid later led protests in downtown in opposition to instructing sexual orientation and gender id (SOGI) in faculties. In September, hundreds of individuals marched by downtown carrying indicators and shouting slogans in opposition to SOGI insurance policies.

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The Fort McMurray protest, which was a part of a nationwide protest, was bigger than most previous rallies in opposition to COVID-19 restrictions. At one level, a gaggle of kids cheered as they approached a chalk drawing of the Progress Pleasure Flag and threw water and water bottles at it, spat on it, and threw filth and rocks on the flag.

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A second protest in October fizzled as not more than 30 individuals confirmed up for a protest outdoors the Fort McMurray courtroom home. Dozens of individuals confirmed up in a counter-protest organized by Pleasure YMM and took up most area outdoors the courtroom home.

Former Catholic faculty trustee Jonathan Higdon additionally confronted criticism from the 2SLGBTQI+ group and its allies.

Higdon posted to his Fb feedback that have been referred to as homophobic and transphobic by teams like Pleasure YMM. However about 75 per cent of a crowd of dozens packed the assembly and gave Higdon a standing ovation when one particular person shouted his assist for the trustee.

In November, Higdon resigned citing a busy work schedule. He denied the backlash to his posts have been accountable.

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Fort McMurray has additionally seen a whole bunch of individuals protest in opposition to Israel’s navy marketing campaign in Gaza. For the reason that Oct. 7 assaults in opposition to Israel, there have been weekly protests in Fort McMurray calling for a peaceable finish to the disaster. Wooden Buffalo RCMP says all protests in Fort McMurray have been peaceable and with out main incidents.

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L-R: Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Chief Vern Janvier of the Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation and Chief Neil Cheecham of Fort McMurray #468 First Nation at a press convention at Acden’s headquarters in Fort McMurray on September 7, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community

Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo struggles to struggle its worst drug disaster

Information from the Alberta authorities exhibits 2023 is the deadliest 12 months domestically for opioid deaths and on observe to be the deadliest 12 months for drug poisonings. The identical information exhibits deaths throughout Alberta are additionally reaching all-time information.

Probably the most present information covers January to September, and medicines and alcohol have killed 21 individuals in Fort McMurray. Opioids have been concerned in 18 of these deaths. Methamphetamine was concerned in six deaths. Cocaine and alcohol have been current in 4 deaths every.

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Suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol have killed extra individuals than COVID-19 did within the area’s 5 First Nations. The chiefs of those communities declared a state of emergency in September as they demand improved entry to psychological well being and dependancy assist of their communities.

The disaster has killed greater than 60 individuals within the 5 First Nations. When Alberta lifted most pandemic restrictions in March 2022, COVID-19 had killed two residents within the area’s rural and Indigenous communities, and 23 individuals in Fort McMurray.

Fort McMurray additionally turned the fifth group to open a drug remedy courtroom outdoors Edmonton or Calgary. The courts will give non-violent offenders possibilities to enter restoration packages as a substitute of jail.

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The Pastew Place Detoxing Centre desires to run a supervised post-treatment program for individuals recovering from their addictions. This program would give individuals an opportunity to relaxation, seek for jobs and housing, and create new habits for a wholesome life-style.

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A house in Conklin in October 2023. Picture by Willow Springs Options

Main building tasks accredited, Conklin housing frustrates leaders

The Alberta authorities has signed agreements with three First Nations to start work on connecting Fort McMurray and Peerless Lake with a 218 kilometre, two-lane gravel freeway. This can be a part of Fort McMurray and the Grande Prairie area, which ends up in B.C., the Yukon and Alaska. The complete challenge is predicted to take 5 years to complete.

The Alberta authorities can be spending $117 million over a three-year interval twinning almost 12 kilometres of Freeway 63 north of Fort McMurray.

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RMWB council resurrected the Northside Twin Enviornment after the challenge was shelved in 2016. Councillor Ken Ball pitched resurrecting the challenge due to ice time shortages in the neighborhood. The municipality will spend $50 million till 2025 to construct the challenge in Abraham’s Land. 

Council accredited funding for flood mitigation, its largest capital challenge. The 2024 finances consists of $33.8 million for flood mitigation. One other $103.9 million is required to complete the challenge by 2028.

Some tasks haven’t accomplished nicely, although. Conklin’s management blamed RMWB purple tape for holding up a housing challenge within the municipal hamlet. Regardless of thousands and thousands of {dollars} from trade and authorities for housing, they are saying no properties have been constructed for the reason that first announcement was made in early 2020.

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The RMWB admits it took longer than ordinary to ship inspectors to Conklin. Nevertheless, the RMWB says the housing challenge continues to be inside a traditional timeline in comparison with comparable tasks.

A report from consulting agency Willow Springs Options estimates between 75 per cent and 85 per cent of Conklin’s 178 individuals dwell in housing thought-about unsafe or insecure.

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CEO and president of Suncor Power was photographed on the Suncor workplace constructing in downtown Calgary on Tuesday, Might 9, 2023. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Suncor cuts 1,500 jobs, will search for new areas to trim in 2024

Suncor Power minimize 1,500 positions this 12 months, with a lot of these staff dwelling in Fort McMurray. Chief government Wealthy Kruger stated Suncor will proceed searching for areas to trim as a part of a wider effectivity push.

The corporate’s fleet of autonomous vehicles can be anticipated to develop from 31 to 91 by the top of 2024. Different new vehicles shall be prepared to just accept driverless expertise.

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Kruger stated on an earnings convention name that the cuts are anticipated to save lots of $450 million a 12 months, or about $50 million greater than what they anticipated when the cuts have been introduced in June.

Whereas he didn’t point out Kruger or Suncor particularly, Power and Minerals Minister Brian Jean stated in a year-end interview that oil corporations rely an excessive amount of on transient staff. Jean added the work camps housing this cell labour drive hurts close by communities. He additionally criticized different industries outdoors Fort McMurray for embracing commuter staff from outdoors Alberta or their dwelling communities.

Brutal 12 months for Imperial Oil’s Kearl website

There have been no good headlines for Imperial Oil this 12 months relating to their Kearl website.

The corporate confirmed a tailings pond that had been leaking since Might 2022 was nonetheless leaking in late January. This replace was made as a result of 5.3 million litres of business wastewater had simply spilled from a tailings pond into surrounding forests and wetlands.

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Indigenous communities, particularly ones downstream from the oilsands operation, have been livid. Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) stated his nation’s optimistic relationship with Imperial Oil was damaged. He additionally accused Premier Danielle Smith of minimizing the disaster.

The federal government of the Northwest Territories additionally criticized the Alberta authorities’s dealing with of the matter. Scientists from Surroundings and Local weather Change Canada stated the spills probably harmed fish.

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A report concludes the Alberta Power Regulator adopted its guidelines on communication after the spills and seepages. The report additionally discovered the AER’s current procedures on communication are considerably missing in particulars or poorly outlined.

In October, documents filed by Imperial Oil present the corporate and AER knew for years that tailings at Kearl have been seeping tailings into groundwater. The subsequent month a scheduled launch of handled water needed to be halted when the corporate by chance launched roughly triple the authorized restrict of complete suspended solids.

As 2023 got here to an in depth, a black bear at Kearl was euthanized when a contractor by chance hit the bear’s den. The den was missed throughout earlier sweeps for them.

When Power and Minerals Minister Brian Jean stated in a year-end interview that oil corporations rely an excessive amount of on transient staff and the follow hurts Fort McMurray, he singled out Imperial Oil for example.

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Right here’s some extra pictures of occasions from 2023.

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Ayden Cote of Team Fort McMurray yells during a game against Team Quebec at the 2023 18U National Baseball Championships at Shell Place on Saturday, August 19, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Ayden Cote of Staff Fort McMurray yells throughout a sport in opposition to Staff Quebec on the 2023 18U Nationwide Baseball Championships at Shell Place on Saturday, August 19, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
“Buckshot” Bobby Brake at the debut of Monster Pro Wrestling in Fort McMurray at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre on Saturday, September 2, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
“Buckshot” Bobby Brake on the debut of Monster Professional Wrestling in Fort McMurray on the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre on Saturday, September 2, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
People cheer while watching the debut of Monster Pro Wrestling in Fort McMurray at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre on Saturday, September 2, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Individuals cheer whereas watching the debut of Monster Professional Wrestling in Fort McMurray on the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre on Saturday, September 2, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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Protesters within the ‘Save the Kids of Gaza’ rally in downtown Fort McMurray on November 12, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Serhii Stepko is hugged by Olga Skhidnytska after he wins the Fort McMurray Marathon at MacDonald Island Park on September 24, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Serhii Stepko is hugged by Olga Skhidnytska after he wins the Fort McMurray Marathon at MacDonald Island Park on September 24, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
A counter-protest supporting sexual and gender education in schools, organized by Pride YMM in downtown Fort McMurray on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A counter-protest supporting sexual and gender training in faculties, organized by Pleasure YMM in downtown Fort McMurray on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
A child throws rocks and mud at a chalk drawing of the Progress Pride Flag outside the Jubilee Centre during the 1 Million March 4 Children on September 20, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A toddler throws rocks and dirt at a chalk drawing of the Progress Pleasure Flag outdoors the Jubilee Centre in the course of the 1 Million March 4 Kids on September 20, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
A dancer in regalia at the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural festival at Snye Point Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A dancer in regalia on the Athabasca Tribal Council’s cultural competition at Snye Level Park on September 16, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Police officers stop protesters from entering the Fort McMurray Public School Division during the 1 Million March 4 Children on September 20, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Cops cease protesters from coming into the Fort McMurray Public Faculty Division in the course of the 1 Million March 4 Kids on September 20, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
People lay flowers at a cenotaph at J. Howard Pew Park commemorating workers who are injured or killed while working during National Day of Mourning on April 28, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Individuals lay flowers at a cenotaph at J. Howard Pew Park commemorating staff who’re injured or killed whereas working throughout Nationwide Day of Mourning on April 28, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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Steven Web page, previously of the Barenaked Girls, performs with the supergroup Trans-Canada Highwaymen at Wooden Buffalo Ribfest in Fort McMurray on September 1, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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Kids have a look at replicas of a whip and crown of thorns on the Stroll with Jesus occasion at Northlife Fellowship Church on April 1, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Delia Therriault of Team Yukon competes against Team Alberta during compound archery at Shell Place during the Arctic Winter Games on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Delia Therriault of Staff Yukon competes in opposition to Staff Alberta throughout compound archery at Shell Place in the course of the Arctic Winter Video games on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Jody Fox fires his handgun as he competes in an International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) competition at the Fort McMurray Fish and Game Association on Sunday, July 30, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Jody Fox fires his handgun as he competes in an Worldwide Sensible Taking pictures Confederation (IPSC) competitors on the Fort McMurray Fish and Sport Affiliation on Sunday, July 30, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Workers from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Fort McMurray-based social profits clear a homeless encampment on Manning Avenue on August 9, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Employees from the Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo and Fort McMurray-based social earnings clear a homeless encampment on Manning Avenue on August 9, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Brandon Folmer and Annie Rivers cheer during a drag show at the Pride YMM Festival at Fort McMurray Heritage Shipyard on June 24, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Brandon Folmer and Annie Rivers cheer throughout a drag present on the Pleasure YMM Pageant at Fort McMurray Heritage Shipyard on June 24, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Dau Dau, 17, at Father Mercredi High School on June 13 to show off his three gold medals and banners won at the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) Track and Field Championships in Edmonton on June 2 and 3, 2023. Dau Dau set a provincial shot put record and won gold medals in 100-metre dash and 200-metre dash. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Dau Dau, 17, at Father Mercredi Excessive Faculty on June 13 to point out off his three gold medals and banners received on the Alberta Faculties’ Athletic Affiliation (ASAA) Observe and Subject Championships in Edmonton on June 2 and three, 2023. Dau Dau set a provincial shot put file and received gold medals in 100-metre sprint and 200-metre sprint. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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Monster vehicles with the Monster Truck Nitro Tour carry out at Shell Place on September 9, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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Individuals take pleasure in carnival rides, video games and meals at Sustainival at MacDonald Island Park in Fort McMurray on Saturday, June 17, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
People at the Rock The Rails concert watch Teenage Bottlerocket perform at Syncrude Athletic Park in Fort McMurray on June 3, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Individuals on the Rock The Rails live performance watch Teenage Bottlerocket carry out at Syncrude Athletic Park in Fort McMurray on June 3, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Firefighters inspect a firebreak outside Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on Wednesday, June 14, 2023. Hundreds of firefighters from across Canada, the United States and Australia responded to a wildfire outside the community, which was evacuated on May 30, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Firefighters examine a firebreak outdoors Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on Wednesday, June 14, 2023. Lots of of firefighters from throughout Canada, america and Australia responded to a wildfire outdoors the group, which was evacuated on Might 30, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Ukrainians stand for Ukraine’s national anthem at Meadow Creek Village’s community hall on the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Friday, February 24, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Ukrainians stand for Ukraine’s nationwide anthem at Meadow Creek Village’s group corridor on the primary anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Friday, February 24, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Members of Special Olympics Wood Buffalo pose with their medals after a bowling practice at The Alley on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. The medals were won at the Special Olympics Arctic Winter Games in Strathcona County, Alta. between Feb. 24 and 26. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Members of Particular Olympics Wooden Buffalo pose with their medals after a bowling follow at The Alley on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. The medals have been received on the Particular Olympics Arctic Winter Video games in Strathcona County, Alta. between Feb. 24 and 26. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Firefighters with the Fort McMurray Fire Department conduct a controlled burn near Highway 63 on April 27, 2023. The controlled burns are part of the RMWB’s FireSmart program, which is designed to fight and prevent fires and wildfires in the region. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Firefighters with the Fort McMurray Hearth Division conduct a managed burn close to Freeway 63 on April 27, 2023. The managed burns are a part of the RMWB’s FireSmart program, which is designed to struggle and stop fires and wildfires within the area. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Sara Garen Anne Nilut performs a style of Sami folk singing called a Joik, or Yoik, with an instrument made from reindeer hooves during the Arctic Winter Games’ cultural gala at Keyano College on February 2, 2023. Nilut is a Sami woman from Norway and is part of the Sapmi delegation. Sapmi is the Sami’s traditional territory covering parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Sara Garen Anne Nilut performs a mode of Sami folks singing referred to as a Joik, or Yoik, with an instrument comprised of reindeer hooves in the course of the Arctic Winter Video games’ cultural gala at Keyano Faculty on February 2, 2023. Nilut is a Sami girl from Norway and is a part of the Sapmi delegation. Sapmi is the Sami’s conventional territory overlaying components of Norway, Sweden and Finland. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Jade Wren, a Yupik dancer with the Alaska delegations of the Arctic Winter Games, performs a dance accompanied by a blessing song called Taarvaarnauramkaan during the games’ cultural gala at Keyano Theatre on February 2, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Jade Wren, a Yupik dancer with the Alaska delegations of the Arctic Winter Video games, performs a dance accompanied by a blessing track referred to as Taarvaarnauramkaan in the course of the video games’ cultural gala at Keyano Theatre on February 2, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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Brett scans the horizon for smoke from a lookout tower south of Fort McMurray on September 21, 2023. Photograph by Emily Smith for Postmedia Community
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Staff Alberta North’s feminine hockey group after successful gold at Centerfire Place in the course of the Arctic Winter Video games on February 3, 2023. Picture provided by the Arctic Winter Video games
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Worshippers attend the third day of Murti Pran Pratishtha, that are the opening ceremonies of a Hindu temple, on the Sanatan Mandir Cultural Society in Fort McMurray on Might 22, 2023. The temple is Canada’s most northern Hindu temple. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community

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