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I have just fin­ished read­ing the lat­est is­sue of Our Canada (Fe­bru­ary/march 2017) from cover to cover on this damp, cold win­try af­ter­noon. I ab­so­lutely love this mag­a­zine and can’t wait to re­lax with a cup of tea and de­vour the con­tents. One story that I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed was The Way It Was piece called “My Early Ed­u­ca­tion” by Jim Soul, in which he re­counted mem­o­ries of his early school days. I read it twice, as it was heart­warm­ing and re­ally funny— he tells a good story! Thank you for pro­vid­ing your read­ers with this type of won­der­ful Cana­dian con­tent. Elissa En­nis, Winch­ester, Ont.

Amaz­ing Muk­luks

I read with great in­ter­est the ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled “Boot Camp, In­dige­nous-style” (De­cem­berJan­uary 2017) about the art of mak­ing muk­luks taught at the Man­i­to­bah Muk­luks Sto­ry­boot School in Toronto.

Back in the 1950s, I worked as a bank teller in the Yukon and one of my cus­tomers was a re­tired In­dige­nous Angli­can priest who was blind. His name was Rev. Richard Martin. His wife, who al­ways ac­com­pa­nied him, made muk­luks so I asked if she would make a pair for me. They were made from the hide of a cari­boo and were ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful. When I left the Yukon, I kept the muk­luks, of course, but never wore them as the weather on the west coast was too warm. I de­cided the best place for my muk­luks was in the mu­seum in Daw­son City in the Yukon, which is where they are now. I thought if any­one from the Sto­ry­boot School was in­ter­ested in see­ing them, they might wish to cor­re­spond with the mu­seum to try and ob­tain a photo of them. Ian Cor­ner, Nel­son, B. C.

Home­town He­roes

I en­joyed the story “Achiev­ing their Goal” (De­cem­ber-jan­uary 2017) about the Knibbs brothers. I for­warded it to ten of my friends, as we all know the Knibbs boys. I was amazed at how many of my con­tacts had al­ready read the story as they are sub­scribers to Our Canada! The Knibbs boys are re­mem­bered here in Bow Is­land, Alta., as true sports­men and com­mu­nity builders. Their fam­i­lies are still in busi­ness here and are held in high re­gard in the com­mu­nity. Thanks to Bill Knibbs for sub­mit­ting the story! Fred Mellen, Bow Is­land, Alta.

Re­ally Cook­ing, Now!

I just re­ceived my first is­sue of Our Canada (De­cem­ber-jan­uary

2017) and I am so im­pressed! The sto­ries are short, sweet and in­for­ma­tive, touch­ing all parts of this won­der­ful coun­try we call Canada. I also re­ally liked the recipe sec­tion—sim­ple in­gre­di­ents that just about any­one who can boil wa­ter would have in their kitchen cup­board. I am plan­ning to make the “Nutty Cream Cheese Cof­fee Cake.” Rose Long, Tra­cadie Cross, P. E. I.

Cana­dian Con­tent

Thank you for pub­lish­ing my story “Time Trav­ellers” (Oc­to­ber-novem­ber 2016). It was thrilling to see it in print. Even more ex­cit­ing is the fact that this beau­ti­ful mag­a­zine is truly Cana­dian. My hus­band and I have trav­elled to some won­der­ful places in our re­tire­ment, yet every time our feet touch Cana­dian soil again, we feel so lucky to live here. A mag­a­zine of the cal­i­bre of Our Canada that cel­e­brates our land and peo­ple is the most thrilling thing of all. Christine Cameron Em­mett, Brighton, Ont.

Ku­dos on the Cov­ers

I al­ways look for­ward to my next is­sue of Our Canada and ea­gerly check to see if the front cover is a stock photo or a con­trib­u­tor photo. I am thrilled that lately, more of­ten than not, the photo has been from a con­trib­u­tor! I com­mend you on the re­cent De­cem­berJan­uary 2017 wrap-around cover photo of the women bik­ers at night in the Rockies by Christy Turner of Calgary— ter­rific. Well done and keep up the great work. Kathrine Mo­ran, Toronto

The Man­i­to­bah Muk­luks Sto­ry­boot School in Toronto.

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