It’s home’: Alberta’s Metis community rebuilds settlement after wildfire

 By Ritika Dubey THE CANADIAN PRESS HIGH PRAIRIE, Alta.- Carrol Johnston points at flowering peonies in her otherwise charred garden as she walks through her property in a northern Alberta Metis settlement. “That’s my mommy in heaven telling me, ‘Don’t give up,”’ says the 72-year-old, standing next to a hole in the ground where her home in East Prairie once stood. The pink-flowered plant is one of the few things she has left since the devastating May wildfire. Johnston, her son and daughter-in-law lost their 1,800-square-foot home and everything in it a day after they evacuated on May 5. “It was all tears, tears, tears,” Johnston, a cook at a local school, recalls of the day she found out her home of 20 years was gone overnight. Two months later,…

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