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    The 12th annual Mtis Hiver-nant Rendezvous was celebrated over three days in Big Valley from Friday to Sunday, July 31-Aug. 2, with great success and an abun-dance of fun.

    Considered to be one of the main events of the Mtis community in the region, the rendezvous brought together musicians, dancers, story-tellers and community vendors.

    The event started on Friday with the Mtis community members

    setting up and vendors putting up their stalls at the drop-in centre on Main Street.

    There was an evening sing-a-long and story-telling, which ush-ered in the mood for the festivities.

    The Hivernant Rendezvous is to showcase the Mtis culture and its history, and people can partici-pate and learn how to make certain things, such as capote, which is a wool blanket coat, finger weav-ing, beading, jigging, and singing, said Marlene Lanz, president of the Hivernant Mtis Cultural Society.

    We also have a variety of games like tomahawk throwing and sling-shot shooting, besides other games for kids.

    Saturday was kicked off with a pancake breakfast.

    The Big Valley train station and Main Street were bustling with visitors and community members as they came out in large numbers to participate in the festivities, with many dressed to emulate the tra-ditional Mtis costumes from the earlier days.

    A teepee tent had been set up

    at Memorial Park, in front of the drop-in centre and another area was set up for tomahawk throwing and slingshot shooting.

    At the drop-in centre there was a variety of activities going on, as a group of musicians entertained visitors with traditional numbers.

    There were vendors selling handmade crafts and jewelry, whereas others were demonstrat-ing to visitors how to make various traditional Mtis garments like the capote.

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    Moush Sara John/Independent reporterResidents of Big Valley play dress up at the 12th Annual Hivernant Mtis Rendezvous as they wait for the train to welcome revellers and visitors from Stettler at the Big Valley train station. From left, eight-year-old Zandrea Phillip with her grandmother Rose Johnson, Trudy Spence, Phyllis Garrison and 10-year-old Kenzie Phillip.

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    A quiet Friday afternoon at the Stettler Public Li-brary was over taken by a group of enthusiastic kids with headbands, newly in-ducted into the ninja cul-ture at the ninja party, held on July 31.

    The ninja party, a part of the Summer Reading Pro-gram, was scheduled to be held earlier in July, on the last day of the spy week. However, a power outage resulted in it getting post-poned.

    (The) Ninja party was the family event of the spy week, when we made disguises and played spy games and made se-cret codes, said Mag-gie Orlick, a sophomore student at the University

    of Alberta and one of the coordinators for the sum-mer reading program at the Stettler Public Li-brary. But today the kids are having fun, too as we teach them aspects of the ninja culture. For instance, they will learn to write their name in ninja lan-guage.

    The afternoon started with three students from the Dual Dragon Tae kwon-Do school in Stettler demonstrating to the group of kids how and when the martial art is used.

    They stressed the fact that the martial art was used in self-defense and should never be practiced on another until one was being attacked.

    The demonstration was followed by a craft ses-sion, which had the kids

    making sushi out of rice crispies and candy, ninja puppets out of pipe clean-ers and learning to write their names in ninja alpha-bets.

    The Stettler Public Li-brary has successfully been conducting the read-ing program all through summer, giving each week a theme for children to re-late to.

    The summer reading program is to help kids get accustomed to visiting the library, to have fun at the library, to see it as a place thats easy to come to, said Mary Zazelenchuk, library manager. Often children lose their reading skills over summer if they dont continue to read and so this program helps to address the issue in some small ways.


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    A 24-year-old Stettler-area man is back in Brit-ish Columbia after a traffic stop by Stettler RCMP this past weekend.

    The man, who had sev-eral outstanding persons warrants, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a 27-year-old Stettler-area woman. During the routine traffic stop, part of the Au-gust long-weekend blitz on drunk driving, police dis-covered the driver didnt have a licence or insur-ance.

    The constable who stopped the driver also checked the passengers li-cence, discovering the out-standing warrants, Stettler RCMP Cpl. Cameron Rus-sell explained.

    It was very good police work for the member to notice the passenger and check him and not just the driver, he said.

    He explained that he didnt have access to the BC system to know ex-actly what the warrants in question were for, but he knew they were in a cat-egory known as persons

    crime. Persons crimes are crimes such as assault, as-sault with a weapon, and danger to public, Russell said, though again he did not know the exact crimes for which the individual was wanted.

    Russell noted it is very unusual for individuals to be extradited back to the province for minor war-rants, such as not show-ing up for a court date, so the likelihood of serious crimes becomes a greater probability, especially giv-en that the individual was sent back to B.C. the next day.

    The driver of the vehicle was issued several tickets and will appear at Alberta Provincial Court in Stet-tler in the future to answer to the tickets. Her vehicle was towed.

    It was a quiet week-end otherwise for police, something that while a good thing was an unex-pected thing, Russell said.

    As one of the last long-weekends of summer be-fore students return to school, people are often out and about to enjoy the three-day weekend. Stet-tler RCMP planned for the

    increased crowds by hav-ing more constables out on the road and on the lake in the boat.

    The numbers were real-ly down, Russell said. It was really weird, actually.

    He credits the lower numbers to the Big Val-ley Jamboree happening in Camrose, which would decrease the number of people in town for the weekend.

    The rash of industrial-area break, enter and theft crimes appears to have cooled down, possibly in part due to police inves-tigation. Russell said the

    RCMP have several per-sons of interest but the in-vestigation is ongoing.

    A Ford pick-up truck sto-len from Didsbury earlier in the weekend was found on the side of Highway 12 by Nevis. The truck is be-ing processed for evidence, but was likely stolen to fa-cilitate an individual leav-ing town.

    Pick-up trucks seem to be the most popular ve-hicle taken by thieves, and its important that owners do not leave keys in the vehicle and lock the doors, even when the vehicle is parked in the owners yard.