There is a saying that goes “it takes a village to raise a child.” Those words ring true to us. The 26th annual Community Awareness Week begins on Six Nations May 14th and goes to May 27, 2014. And as another saying goes, “there is something for everyone.” Community involvement is the surest way to be a part of the lives of our neighbours and friends. If we are to shape the minds and opinions of our youth then one of the best ways to do so is to be involved in their lives. A community puts forth the norms and acceptable mores of that society which in turn are shown by example to the children of the village.
A community is made up of teachers, store owners, artists, bank tellers, carpenters, librarians and a whole medley of further varied occupations. Each and every one of the occupations that can be found within that village serve as further model of another way to make a living. Every occupation then is associated with a place where that job is performed. A teacher works at school, a mechanic works at a garage, a teller works at a bank. Within each and every one of these positions are manners of performing, and performing to the best of one’s ability. We would hope to encourage our children to see the value of hard work and contributing to the well being of those around us.
Community awareness is a way to show our commitment to one another and extend hands of welcome and aid. The relationships we build with our children will last them a lifetime. Our culture is the strength we forget about and cultural awareness is an aid to community awareness. This is the glue that binds us together. Our Kayenera:koa teaches us to lend ourselves to those that need our help. What better way of emphasizing our culture than by letting our community be the exemplar of our actions.
The Six Nations Community Food Bank is presenting the “Food Truck 4 Hunger” today at 3:00pm in front of 1741 Fourth Line. All should come out and give what they can to those less fortunate in this community. Let’s make this Food Drive one of the biggest Six Nations has ever seen! Our children need to learn about the comfort and care of others and understand that one day they may also need that helping hand.
There is much to learn and much to teach in this Community. Let’s all put our heads, hearts and hands together and lift our children up! This is the beauty of community!