OHSWEKEN, There is a new set of Six Nations ambassadors in place for 2013, including Miss Six Nations winner, Kaylea Jamieson.
The Fall Fair opened, as it always does, with the selection of Miss Six Nations and several other age category winners.
With the change of the date of this year’s Fair, last year’s Miss Six Nations,Christa Jonathan could not be in attendance to pass the honour on to this year’s winner. She was in Australia attending an Indigenous Medical Conference, but she did appear through the miracle of video following her whirl wind year of public appearances around the world representing the people of Six Nations, including a visit to Vatican City in Rome, Italy for the Canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, of Kahnawake, the “Lily of the Mohawks” as she was known in the mid 1600’s.
The video chronicled the busy year Christa has had and prepared this year’s winner for an equally busy 2013.
This year’s winner received the honour of wearing a few very special and meaningful accessories with her blue cotton print dress. “My cousin Jewel Monture recently committed suicide at age12 due to cyber bullying,” she said after the festivities. “I am wearing her feathers and beaded yoke. It meant the world to me. It was very heartwarming to feel her with me all night.”
Kaylea Jamieson is 18 years old and is the daughter of Donna Claus and Bill Jamieson. She is a Grade 13 student at St. Johns College in Brantford. “I hope to have a busy year,” she said in the afterglow of her win. “I am really looking forward to it. I’m excited. This is going to be a busy, busy, busy weekend.”
Hopefuls of all ages walked the catwalk at the Gaylord Powless Arena before a panel of judges consisting of Patty Hill, Ava Hill, Dakota Brant, Carl Robinson, Linda McGregor, Patricia Bus, Deneen Monture, Deb Martin-Able, Michelle Bomberry and professional wrestler, Tatanka.
Fair Board President Les Sowden welcomed the contestants, judges, families and the general public to open the event.
Six Nations Tiny Tot Boy for 2013 is Silas Antone who is taking over for 2012