On Monday this letter was sent out from the Souris School. Below is great information and resources. If you want to support this cause there are orange ribbons available at the Front Office of the school for children to wear. A small donation is greatly appreciated, as the funds will be allocated to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society in Souris School’s name. They will also be available at Plaza Petals, Lagasse’s Gallery, Corner Store, Bigway, and the Post Office.
The recent discovery of the bodies of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School on the land of Tk’emlúps te Secwepémc First Nation is utterly devastating. And not so long ago in 2018, the remains of more than 50 children at the former Brandon IRS were confirmed – at which is now the Turtle Crossing Campground. These events remind us that there is much work to be done to achieve reconciliation in our country. It will require each and every one of us to reshape our relationships with Indigenous peoples.
June is National Indigenous History Month. We – Souris School, in cooperation with Souris Cooperative Day Care – invite you to show solidarity with the survivors, victims, families, and friends of these tragedies. We are kindly asking for the donation of new or gently used children’s shoes. We will display them on the front lawn of the school, then they will be gifted to the Brandon Friendship Centre and our local Food Bank.
This is a time for education, empathy, and action. As adults we can become more familiar with the issues and review the Truth and Reconciliation Final Report http://www.trc.ca/about-us/trc-findings.html We also encourage you to start these conversations with your children at home, and take the time to understand the depths of this tragedy and reflect on what we can do to as a community to respond. Upon advisement from one of the Brandon IRS survivors, a Treaty One Knowledge Keeper – the most effective ways to make change are by writing your local MP (Larry Maguire) and MLA (Cliff Cullen) to improve relationships and implement Indigenous-led solutions.
Below are some resources that you may find helpful. The books listed here are available for free on OverDrive, accessible here: https://manitobaconca.libraryreserve.com/10/45/en/SignIn.htm?url=Default.htm
Our digital library is Southwest Horizon School Division. Your child’s login is their school email (without @shmb.ca) and then school email password.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Residential Schools with The Moose Hide Campaign
Chanie Wenjack Heritage Minute
Wawahte: Stories of Residential School Survivors
When We Were Alone – David A. Robertson Fatty Legs – Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Amik Loves School – Katherena Vermette Sugar Falls – David A. Robertson
I Lost My Talk – Rita Joe Dear Canada: These Are My Words – Ruby Slipperjack
How to Talk to Children About Residential Schools
Why Our Kids Need to Learn About Residential Schools
Residential Schools in Canada Education Guide
Cooler Bag Fundraiser
One last thanks to everyone that bought cooler bags! We were able to donate $152 to the Museum. Pick up was yesterday afternoon. If there are any products you would like to see in a fundraiser send me a message!
We had two lovely locals start their retirement this week! Patsy Sholdice worked at Bigway for over 20 years and Frosty, who was the nuisance grounds supervisor. Congratulations and happy retirement!
Grad Photo Display
Make an extra stop while you are out and take a look at the pictures of the graduating class! Congratulations everyone, grad is just around the corner!
I have seen lots of ladies out this week starting to plant flowers, thank you all for your hard work to keep Souris looking beautiful!
We got our first and much-needed storm this past Friday, some people had up to 5inches in their rain gauge!
Hillcrest Museum is accepting applications for summer tour guides for July and August 2021. Deadline for applications is Friday June 18/21. See ad for more details.
Deloraine Vaccine Clinics
Flyer can be found out front of the town office.
Temporary Suspension of Emergency Services
Starting June 7th and continuing for the month there will be no emergency department services at the Souris Health Center on Monday from 8 am- Tuesday at 8 am.
Souris physicians will still be providing regular emergency services from Tuesday at 8 am until Monday at 8 am. During the suspension, individuals requiring emergency services are encouraged to call the Souris Health Center at 204-483-2121 to determine the nearest open emergency department. For EMERGENT situations call 911. The prairie mountain health ems (ambulance) will still continue to provide emergency response for the community of Souris and surrounding areas.
Fathers Day Draw Co-op
Teacher Appreciation Gift
I am making these teacher appreciation gifts this year! The order is going in TONIGHT for the supplies. Please contact me 204-741-9194 call or text, or email me at email@example.com
Want a super unique teacher gift this year?
Anyone who is local and wants this I will make them for a flat $20..$23 if you want it in a gift bag! Will deliver in Souris! (If you are not local I can have the Fruit and veggie cloth shipped to you, to make yourself)
-Norwex Fruit and Veggie Cloth
-A cute tag and ribbon
Info on the Fruit and Veggie Cloth
-Chemical-free cleaning. Use water only!
-Rough side for scrubbing away dirt and pesticide residue.
-Smooth side for drying and polishing to a beautiful shine.
-Provides for clean produce, which tastes better.
-Clean produce is healthier for your family
-The cloth is very durable and can be used over and over again, saving you money
We are on Instagram! Give us a follow, the link to view the latest flyers will always be in the bio. Account name: Souris_Valley_Flyer Whoever follows our Instagram from now to June 30th is going to get entered to win a gift basket filled with goodies from local businesses! If you would like to add to this basket please contact the Souris Valley Flyer, your business will be linked and mentioned.
Christmas in July
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