Samantha Schwientek

Samantha Schwientek has worked at the CBC for five years. She started her career in Halifax and now works for the CBC in Edmonton. Contact her with story ideas at

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Hope for reconciliation during Pope's 'remarkable' visit to Edmonton

Pope Francis is expected to land in Edmonton just before noon on Sunday and spend much of the next two days meeting with Indigenous people, including at the site of the former Ermineskin Residential School in Maskwacis. 

Indigenous church rededicated in preparation for papal visit to Edmonton

Following a devastating fire in August 2020, Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples undertook a long list of repairs. Now the church is performing mass again as attendees prepare for a visit — and maybe an apology — from Pope Francis later this month.

Edmonton donation centre describes urgent need for supplies for Ukrainians

Volunteer Jamie Hanlon is helping oversee the donation centre in Edmonton where people can drop off household items for people arriving from Ukraine. “I've had people leave literally with smiles on their faces and tears in their eyes,” Hanlon said.

Autism art show in Edmonton provides chance for independence

An annual art show put on by the Centre for Autism Services Alberta lets kids, teens and young adults showcase — and sell — their artistic work.

Rally to honour nurses demands more funding for public health services

Five Alberta communities held rallies on Saturday to honour nurses and discuss ongoing concerns over the privatization of health care in the province.

Runner who went into anaphylactic shock eager to find Good Samaritans who saved him

David Poretti, 47, was running in Edmonton's river valley when he was hit with a severe allergic reaction. Now he's looking for the people who intervened "because without both of them, there's no chance I would have been able to make it."

MMIWG sewing project ties community closer together, aims to support families

A small group of volunteers has met in Edmonton each Saturday this month to fabricate red ribbon skirts for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The project's organizers say the turnout has given them hope.

'A jewel of a child': Family remembers teen who died after attack at Edmonton high school

The cousins of Karanveer Sahota, the teen who died after he was attacked outside McNally High School on April 8, say he was a gentle boy who wanted to take care of his mother and little sister. 

Edmonton's iconic Roxy Theatre reopens 7 years after devastating fire

The public was invited to come and explore the new Roxy Theatre for its gala opening weekend. The new building features four spaces that could accommodate live performances.

Addressing housing, anti-discrimination in employment would help vulnerable Indigenous people, says advocate

Chevi Rabbit became an advocate for other 2SLGBT people after she was assaulted by a group of men in 2012. She says Edmonton’s latest action plan to address MMIWG fails to address the ways she and other 2SLGBT people are vulnerable to violence and sexual exploitation in the city.