A day to enjoy each other’s company

The age-old Bread and Cheese tradition is a day for community members from near and far to enjoy each other’s company.

The annual event, which once again brought droves of Six Nations community members from near and far to the Six Nations sports and cultural memorial grounds this past Victoria Day weekend, has become known as the quintessential yearly reunion event on the reserve.

Friends new and old gather to watch the parade wind its way through downtown Ohsweken before standing in line by the thousands to get their bread and cheese from dozens of community volunteers inside the arena every year.

This year, two special long-time volunteers were recognized by Elected Chief Sherri-lyn Hill: Steve Williams and Claudine VanEvery-Albert, who have both volunteered for the event for 40 years.

“This is about our community: gathering, laughing and having fun. This day is for family and friends to come together, share stories and cherish each other’s company.”

“This is such a great cultural event. Bread and Cheese has always made me excited, even when I was little. I do appreciate everyone coming out.”

Coun. Dean Hill said the event was also about unity among the community.

“That’s why we want to do more of these types of things.”

The weather cooperated with a warm shining sun all weekend, spectacular fireworks show Sunday night beside the baseball diamonds, and free rides all day in the parking lot for the little ones to enjoy on Monday.

The annual Bread and Cheese parade was “What’s Your Favourite Season?” 


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