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cans from the school foyer into and Chimo Beach areas for con- put away in the proper place on s r e p or t e d i n t he tion to the schools. Pupils co-ordinated the entire the church basement the after- tributions from the community. the shelving units. They were March 9 edition, the Grade 12 Interdisci- month-long promotion, which noon of March 21, where the When all was said and done, fantastic! We are very, very plinary Studies in Science class culminated in a ceremonious food was weighed and sorted. the scales at Riverdale Harvest pleased.” Elementary school staff memat Rivers Collegiate planned a presentation on March 20 to Although the project was a sen- noted a total of 434 pounds, “a project for Riverdale Harvest. Riverdale Harvest president ior students brainstorm, the en- fabulous amount,” says Heather. ber/Harvest volunteer Yvonne tire high school was encouraged “We are so pleased they decided Crouch initiated a similar camDubbed the Boat Load of Food, Heather Gray and Liliane. Because the snow had melted to participate. The collegiate to help those we serve. A lot paign in her school. That threestudents secured a canoe from Rolling River School Division so much, the canoe could not hosted a poor boy floor hockey of times kids don’t get enough week effort simply encouraged with an intent to f ill it with be portaged across the street to tournament in which to play, credit but this group of students students to leave product in non-perishables. Although the Zion Church (home of River- athletes had to pay with food for certainly deserves some praise. the canoe; 87 pounds of food campaign was fully organized dale Harvest). Rather, the teens the canoe. Some students also All students stayed behind to was collected from the younger by that class, the original idea carried bags, boxes and garbage canvassed Rivers, Oak River help check expiry dates, sort and group on Thursday, March 22. came from a suggestion made by harvest volunteer Liliane Dupuis. “I heard the idea at a meeting in Brandon. St. Augustine Bradley Goertzen throws his grad cap during the Elton Collegiate grad ceremonies. School had tried Fill a CanoePHOTOS BY WIL LAMONT in conjunction with the 10-day Parents and friends lined the access road in front of the school. As each grad took Elton Collegiate Principal Mark Geekie and Governor General, Valedictorian and Festival du Voyaguer in Winto the stage, friends and family could approach the stage and cheer them on. Miss Congeniality recipient Cassandra Martens all smiles on graduation day . nipeg inwere February. It was very successful and whenever I hear food bank, my ears always perk up!” Your high school diploma is a symbol of resilience during these challenging times. She then brought the sugproud! Your future success starts in September, right here in Brandon. The canoe atBe Rivers gestion to Riverdale Harvest, Elementary School was which supported the idea and adequately filled. Photo by Heather Gray asked her to present the promo-

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Finding facts takes work

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n nearly 32 years of writing columns and stories, it is abundantly clear that we need newspapers more and more every day. There’s a lot of information floating around about every topic under the sun. Perhaps more than any other issue, C-19 has generated more information, both true and false, than any other topic I have ever covered. We get reports from at least three layers of government in Canada and multiple layers of government in the U.S., coupled with numerous departments, universities, think tanks and lobby groups, I would guess that more words have been written, or spoken, about C-19 than just about any other topic in history. Getting the facts is important, so I was particularly thankful to a reader who phoned me early this week and asked me if I had heard the following story. He said he had heard that if people voluntarily got a COVID-19 vaccination, their life insurance policy would not be valid. If vaccination was mandated to an individual, it wouldn’t affect their life insurance. I thought the rumour was a bit far-fetched, but here is an explanation of how it started. Apparently, my reader friend wasn’t alone. A lot of people had heard the same story. So, hearing that story, I went directly to one of our insurance people and here is what Scott Wilson, of Intent Planning, had to say. 

“Hi Ken, I’m glad you asked, because the rumours are entirely wrong and need to be corrected. What happened was, a client called Manulife and asked if they would be covered after receiving the vaccine. Whoever was working in the call centre that day, gave the wrong information and said they wouldn’t be covered.  The client was actually mis-advised over the phone they would not payout because the vaccine was experimental, and this has been shared extensively on social media. That client has since posted on social media a written letter from Manulife, stating, ‘the COVID-19 vaccination in no way negatively impacts current policies or coverage’.  Here is a link to the fact check:  https://www.reuters.com/article/ factcheck-manulife-covidvaccineidUSL1N2LH23I Canada Life’s policy states: “In recent weeks, we’ve received questions pertaining to risks of claim eligibility if a customer receives a COVID-19 vaccination.  When a COVID-19 vaccine has been given by an authorized health professional, side-effects or complications

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Ken Waddell from the vaccine would not limit an individual’s eligibility.  Governmentapproved COVID-19 vaccinations are tested to make sure they’re safe and effective. While some people have reported side effects after being immunized with a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada, those side effects aren’t necessarily related to the vaccine.”  Here is a link to the full web page:  https://www.canadalife.com/about-us/ how-canada-life-is-supporting-youduring-covid-19.html The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association’s (CLHIA) website also reiterates: ‘Contrary to misinformation being shared online, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will have no effect on the ability to obtain coverage or benefits from

life insurance or supplementary health insurance.’ Here is a link to the full webpage: https://www.clhia.ca/web/CLHIA_ LP4W_LND_Webstation.nsf/page/CF FB22AA8524D58385258692004DDFFC !OpenDocument Please let me know if you have any questions. Scott Wilson” If you have any other stories or rumours you would like The Banner & Press to check out, call me (Ken) at 204-476-6214 or email kwaddell@neepawabanner.com or Micah at 204-328-7494 or email info@riversbanner.com Disclaimer: The views expressed in this column are the writer’s personal views and are not to be taken as being the view of the Banner staff.

Time for action

There are times in a nation’s existence when something so unnerving and shocking happens that all other problems retreat for another day. It is so with the discovery of nearly 1000 unmarked graves at two residential schools in Canada – one in Kamloops, B.C., and another at Marieval, SK. It wasn’t “ just” the discovery of the graves that was so appalling but learning from the indigenous survivors about the extent of the abuse that they suffered while they were there. That it has taken this long – decades and decades – before we are finally willing to listen and believe is also appalling. Since the second discovery at Marieval many people have had something to say about what should be done in response to these atrocities – federal, provincial, church and chiefs as well as professors and social workers have all had something to contribute or advise. Rightly so, all are calling for accountability from the leaders in the Roman Catholic Church, the nuns and priests who were active in the schools, and the government entities who have talked and talked and done nothing. One of the chiefs whose people were directly affected stated that if the Pope did not come to Canada and apologize for the church’s responsibility in these horrors he would leave his faith. Then his faith is misplaced. The Pope is not the source of the Christian faith – Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died on the cross for our sins – He is the source of our faith and belief, our rock on whom we can depend. Whether or not the Pope comes to Canada and actually visits the school sites to apologize and pray for healing

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cannot be a reason for the rest of Canada to be inactive. The Pope will face his Maker one day and have to answer for what he has neglected. We need to figure out what is going to do some real good now, and the “we” involves the leaders of the indigenous nations, leaders from all the churches, (because there were other denominations involved in running residential schools beside the R.C. Church) as well as provincial, municipal and federal representatives. All need to sit at the same table and discuss the problems, and present concrete ideas that focus on positive action going forward. As I listened to various speakers on the matter of the unmarked graves there seemed to be some actions that would be straight forward and obvious as a beginning. Have the RCMP begin a proper legal investigation of the grave desecration at Marieval in order to get the documents needed to identify the buried children. If the survivors and families of those buried in these cemeteries need the bodies exhumed, DNA’d and returned to their families for appropriate, cultural and therefore meaningful burial, do so. Representatives of the Roman Catholic church in Canada, but especially in British Colombia and Saskatchewan, should do their own apologizing at the sites, ask forgiveness and try to help the grieving families in a way that is appropriate for those affected. Some chiefs feel it is past the time for apologies and for money to be thrown at the indigenous people and then for them to be left to their own devices. Accountability on both sides – the giver and the receiver – to report to

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each other on how those funds are spent, their outcomes, ideas, etc. are needed so that the money is used effectively, with purpose and goals that are measurable. Sunday night I listened to Chief Kenny Blacksmith on Faytene’s tv program. He stated firmly that all of Canada needs to turn back to God; that there can be no more broken promises and covenants, that we need to join together and hear one another. None of us is guaranteed a certain length of days, therefore we must live in the now and act now. As representatives of Jesus Christ we must be His hands to do, His ears to hear, His feet to carry and His voice to be heard. Barry Maracle, of the Mohawk, on the same show, cited the oldest Indian treaty of 1613 between the Iroquois and the Europeans. It promised that both peoples would sail down the river together. A beautiful image, left undone too long. He said that we need to hold on to that which binds us together, forsake racism which separates us and work together to solve these issues. Maracle felt that God had a dream for Canada as a healer – a healer for the nations. That is a worthy dream to bring to fruition. Let us pray for that to happen, and for each of us to do our part to promote healing between the peoples. Let us hold on to God’s Truth and not be diverted by those who would try to divide and deceive us with spurious, radical philosophies designed to cause more chaos. The answer is with our Creator God, if we will listen to Him.

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Home Bodies By Rita Friesen Wistful Thinking...

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anada Day. So much to be thankful for, and so much to think about. Some of my thoughts are my own and some have been planted– firmly and deeply– by history and, now, by news and social media. It does appear that there is only one headliner for the news on any given day. One catastrophe is front and centre until a greater disaster takes dominance. It could be safe to say that we, as a people, are tired of the pandemic, with its horrific and deadly spread, with the limitations and restrictions. As I ponder and ref lect, the unmarked graves on the residential school sites is paramount, also horrific. In a conversation with my Sister the Elder, the topic of residential schools and the ‘60s scoop was discussed in detail. She is an educated educator, Manitoba born and raised, and had never heard of either the schools or the scoop. How can that be? Graduated from the University of Manitoba in the ‘60s. Avid reader and life long learner, familiar with world history and a world traveller, and yet no knowledge of these chapters of Canadian history. My sister recalls reading Rudy Wiebe’s novel, ‘Peace Shall Destroy Many’, giving insights into the relationships between the Indigenous community and the Mennonite community, and

again, no knowledge of the early history of Canada, of us. Honestly, the current Canadian History taught online with Mrs. Young was an eye opener for me. Yes, for me, as I followed the course with both of my granddaughters. The lessons included real Canadian history, even the pieces we are not proud of. Please, I wistfully wish, I could say we are ashamed of. There are so many aspects of our national attitude that I am proud of. I believe that, by and large, we are open and accepting of other cultures and creeds. Could we be doing better? Without a doubt. It is when I ref lect on the welcome that marginalised folks have received over the century plus, I am thankful. Do I recognise that many were welcomed as settlers on unproductive land? Yep. The settlers were not bound to the land they were allotted; it was a starting place that many made into a forever home and haven. If my information is correct, Winnipeg was one of the first centres to organise and celebrate diversity with Folklorama. We do not have to become one minded to be like-minded. Canada Day. Memories include picnics and fireworks. Now the debate rages whether streets, universities and civic centres should be renamed. Whether statues should be torn down, statutes rewritten. I truly am wistfully thinking when I wonder if there is a place to place the statues so we do not forget, do never repeat, the nasties in our history. It is obvious that our early school history books were inadequate in the presentation of social justice/injustice. We have an opportunity to act on the reconciliation part of the Truth and Reconciliation report. Canada Day. Indeed, I am thankful for the freedoms we, as a nation, take so for granted. I am thankful for the vastness and uniqueness of this country. I, too, stand on guard.

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Elton Collegiate

C.w. Percy Crookshank Award Awarded to a graduating student who is preferably from the Rapid City area with academic excellence who is continuing with postsecondary education. Winner – Diana Aronov Edna, Ray & Murray Chapman Memorial Scholarship Awarded to a well-rounded student who exhibits exemplary participation in community & school services & is planning to attend post-secondary education including a college program, university program or Trades/Apprenticeship program. Amount of award may vary depending upon the year but will be in excess of $2,500.00. Winner – Chole Diamond Elsie Taylor Memorial Scholarship Presented to a graduating student (who is preferably from the Rapid City area) who has demonstrated diligence, a strong work ethic & promise of future career success & continuing on to secondary education. Winner – Bethan Reynolds Elton Grad Congeniality Award Presented to the graduating student who exhibits the characteristics of getting along well with others, is warm & friendly & is chosen by their peers. Winner – Cassandra Martens Guild Insurance Brokers In Memory Of Neil Andrews Award Presented to a graduating student who sets, pursues & achieves goals & has a positive attitude, respect for fairness & is supportive of others. The student has determination, a strong work ethic, is dependable & never gives up! Winner – Alexandria Pitman Winner – Bethan Reynolds Gover nor Genera l’s Award For Highest Average in Grade 11 & Grade 12 Winner – Cassandra Martens

Rrsd Bronze Medallion For English Language Arts Presented to the Grad who has obtained the highest standing in a combo of 2 Grade 12 ELA courses (Literary Focus 40S & Comprehensive Focus 40S) Winner – Sarah Jones Rr Teachers’ Association Citizenship Award Presented to a graduating student for academic excellence & participation in a variety of school activities. Preference will be given to a student entering Education. Winner – Chloe Diamond Sharon Monaghan Memorial Scholarship Provided By The Kiwanis Club Of Brandon-Assiniboine & The Kiwanis Foundation Of Canada Demonstrates acceptable grades (even if struggling grade-wise.) -Outstanding leadership potential, high moral & ethical standards -Entering post-secondary -Participates in student & community activities -Most importantly, student has financial need. Winner – Chloe Diamond Valedictorian A title conferred upon the student chosen by their peers who delivers the closing or farewell statement at Graduation Ceremony Winner – Cassandra Martens - Elton Certificate - Sash - Valedictorian (Order from Gaspard) - Forrest History Book Grad Subject Awards 2021 Applied Math 40s Rapid City Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Award Highest Mark Winner: Cassandra Martens Biology 40s Brandon Kinsmen Club Award Highest Mark Winner: Diana Aronov Chemistry 40s Farley Kempthorne Highest Mark

Winner: Diana Aronov E la Comprehensive Focus 40s Highest Mark Winner: Cassandra Martens Ela Literacy Focus 40s Highest Mark Winner: Sarah Jones Essential Math 40s Highest Mark Winner: Diana Aronov Winner: Cassandra Martens Foods & Nutrition 40g Highest Mark Winner: Alexandria Pitman French 40s (Lamont) Highest Mark Winner: Cassandra Martens Highest Average In Grade 12 Graduating Student with the Highest Average in Grade 12. Winner: Cassandra Martens 2nd Highest Average In Grade 12 Brandon Kinsmen Club Award Arthur Wiebe, President Graduating student with the Second Highest Average in Grade 12. Winner: Diana Aronov Highest Average In Math & 2 Sciences FYI Doctors Senior Science Award Presented to a graduating student continuing his/her education at a university or college & obtains the highest average in math and two other sciences at the Grade 12 level. Winner: Diana Aronov Physics 40s Brockie Donovan Senior Science Award Brockie Donovan Highest Mark Achieved in Grade 11 & 12 Winner: Diana Aronov Pre-Calc Math 40s Rapid City Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Award Highest Mark Winner: Diana Aronov Visual Arts 40s Highest Mark Winner: Sarah Jones

RiversCollegiategradawards Award Riverdale Municipality (Citizenship) Rolling River Teachers’ Association Redfern Farm Services Rivers United Church Brockie Donovan Funeral Directors Westoba Credit Union Westman Communications Group Fusion Credit Union Chown Centennial Scholarship (U of M) ACC One to Watch Riverdale District Health Auxiliary Manitoba Nurses Union Local #90 - #1 Manitoba Nurses Union Local #90 - #2 Rivers & Area Lions Club Memories Chapel Heritage Co-op Roman Catholic Parish Group Redsper Enterprises Daly Repair Shirley Russell Memorial William & Sarah Harvey Memorial Society of Friends of RCI Student of the Year (selected by classmates) Ada Wareham Memorial #1 Ada Wareham Memorial #2 Oak River Agricultural Society (In memory of Wm Shamray) Riverdale Community Justice Committee Edna, Ray & Murray Chapman Memorial #1 Edna, Ray & Murray Chapman Memorial #2 Rivers/BU Scholarship Rivers Women’s Institute Riverdale Municipality #1 (Essential Math 40S) Riverdale Municipality #2 (Law 40S) Hair Dynamics (Psychology 40S) John Russell Memorial (Biology 40S) Tempo Place Emporium (Woodworking 40S) Rivers Super Thrifty (Chemistry 40S) Taylor Family (Physics 40S) Royal Canadian Legion Branch #75 (Applied Math 40S) Way-Mor Agencies (Family Studies 40S) Don McFadden (Pre-Calculus 40S) (tie) Don McFadden (Pre-Calculus 40S) (tie) Beverley Stokotelny Memorial (Runner-up Highest Academic Average Jennifer Giesbrecht Memorial (ELAC 40S) Rolling River Bronze Medallion (ELA40S) Governor General’s Academic Medal (Highest Academic Average Gr. 11 & 12) Principal’s Award (90+ Average) Principal’s Award (90+ Average) Principal’s Award (90+ Average) Rolling River/MSBA Student Citizenship Award Portage Mutual Insurance Agents Valedictorian Certificate program: (Academics, Athletics, School Service) Gold: (achievement in three categories)Gold: (achievement in three categories) Gold: Gold: Silver: (achievement in two of three categories)Silver: (achievement in two of three categories) Silver: Silver: Silver: Silver: Silver: Bronze: (achievement in one of three categories)Bronze: (achievement in one of three categories) Bronze: Bronze: Bronze: Bronze: Bronze: Bronze: Bronze:

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Elton Collegiate

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Elton Collegiate

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Ethan Leefe

Bethan Reynolds

Slade Stanick

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Cassandra Martens

Alexandria Pitman

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Congratulations and Best Wishes for the Future to All Rolling River School Division Graduates from the RRSD Board of Trustees and Employees

Congratulations all graduates on your well-deserved success!

Graduation is an exciting time. It marks both an ending and a beginning. It’s warm memories of the past and big dreams for the future. Good luck, class of 2021, from Rivers Elementary staff and students

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