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From the emerald forests blanketing the land, grand peaks standing in the clouds, and turquoise waters rushing in between, the beauty of the traditional lands of the Anishinabe, Aseniwuche Winewak, Dene-zaa, Nêhiyawak, Secwépemc, Stoney Nakoda, and Métis (colonially known as Jasper, Alberta) is a magnetic force. For Joe Urie, it was the aeapaskāw river that brought him back to that land.
Urie, a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta knew little about his ancestors before moving to Jasper in 1988. In
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