• (Front to back) Risa Shatford, Nadia Minkevich, and Wayne Shatford head into the lake to cool off at Lake of the Woods. July 27, 2014
  • Palestinian supporters hold a rally at the Manitoba Legislative Building. July 14, 2014.

This image is from a rally against the Israel bombing of Gaza. It reminds me of the freedom we still have in this country to gather freely, unlike those who live under unjust regimes and occupation. — John Woods
  • As a photojournalist, our job is to take pictures that tell stories.  If those photos evoke emotion in the viewer, then better yet.  The photo that moves me the most this past year is that of Bradley Bone, the 16-year-old pall bearer at Tina Fontaine's funeral who stepped outside his comfort zone to give her one last hug goodbye. On Aug. 23, I attended Tina Fontaine's funeral in Sagkeeng First Nation. After the formal service was over, the six pallbearers, all cousins of Tina, had gathered around her casket quietly, waiting for the hearse to arrive. Bradley Bone, one of the pallbearers, referred to Tina as his 'little sister.'  I had asked the family ahead of time if I could photograph Tina's final journey and they agreed. It was during this time of waiting that Bradley, unable to hold back his emotions any longer, made a bold move to say goodbye in his own way to Tina by wrapping his arms around her coffin and laying his body across its case. It was an impromptu show of affection that happened so quickly, I barely caught a few frames on my camera. There wasn't any time to analyze my position, check the lighting, or even crop the photo. The heartfelt display of emotion was quick, raw and fleeting; I couldn't risk missing it by moving. As the family could not have an open casket funeral due to her being pulled from the damaging waters of the Red River and the monstrous crime committed against her, the closest Bradley could get to her to say goodbye, one last time, was to hug her casket. This image to me is symbolic, for as this teenage boy wrapped his arms around his little cousin one last time, so too has a nation wrapped their arms around the issue of murdered and missing aboriginal women in our nation.  - Ruth Bonneville
  • In April 2014 I followed exotic dancer Aurora Sky at work and at home with her two young boys. To document her life dancing in the nude in various bars around Winnipeg I photographed one performance where I had permission, and behind the scenes with her family. This was my favourite photo, captured while Aurora was getting ready in a small hotel room designated for dancers competing in the Miss Nude Winnipeg Contest at Teasers Burlesque palace.
  • Lana Fontaine, an Aunt of Tina Fontaine, weeps at a memorial shrine built on the bank of the Red River where her niece's body was recovered. August 19, 2014

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  • May 5, 2014

    Help us choose the best Winnipeg Free Press front pages

    Could it be Cindy and Clara comparing medals in Turin? Or the trial of Louis Riel? Winnipeg winning the Stanley Cup? What about Manitobans heading off on the Nile Expedition? Or the arrival of the Beatles. Maybe the death of the beer snake?

    Newspapers Canada and PEI 2014 are calling on Canadian newspapers to submit their best front-page stories for a competition called The History of Canada in the Nation’s Front Pages. The national competition will celebrate and award newspaper stories that have made front-page news.

    The Free Press can enter two dozen front pages for a chance to be represented in the final project. The front-page stories must date from 1864 to December 2013. Ordinary Canadians and a panel of industry experts will help select the winners.

    Please help us decide which we should enter. You remember the story; we’ll find the front page. Send your suggestions to frontpage@freepress.mb.ca by May 20, and we'll feature a selection of them here.

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  • Nov. 17, 1885: Louis Riel

    Nov. 17, 1885: Louis Riel Photo Store

  • Feb. 16, 1896: Winnipeg wins the Stanley Cup

    Feb. 16, 1896: Winnipeg wins the Stanley Cup Photo Store

  • May 16, 1919: Winnipeg General Strike

    May 16, 1919: Winnipeg General Strike Photo Store

  • July 5, 1935: Canadian Wheat Board

    July 5, 1935: Canadian Wheat Board Photo Store

  • Jan 10, 1944: John Dafoe's death

    Jan 10, 1944: John Dafoe's death Photo Store

  • Sept. 5, 1953: Polio epidemic

    Sept. 5, 1953: Polio epidemic Photo Store

  • Aug. 19, 1964: The Beatles stop in Winnipeg

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  • June 26, 1969: NDP Elected

    June 26, 1969: NDP Elected Photo Store

  • June 27, 1972: Bobby Hull

    June 27, 1972: Bobby Hull Photo Store

  • April 29, 1997: Brunkild dike

    April 29, 1997: Brunkild dike Photo Store

  • Feb. 26, 2006: Winnipeg's Olympians

    Feb. 26, 2006: Winnipeg's Olympians Photo Store

  • June 1, 2011: Jets return

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