OHSWEKEN – Hosting a community breakfast at the Social Services Gymnasium last Saturday was exactly how Miss Six Nations Shauna Clause wanted to spend her birthday morning.
The breakfast, held on Saturday, November 26, attracted more than 100 visitors and offered a standard pancakes, sausages, eggs and bacon plate along with free face painting for children. Clause, who turned 19 that morning, said she “felt good” to be able to put on the event for her community.
“I wouldn’t have wanted to spend this milestone in any other way,” said Clause. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was 15, and I feel like now was just a great time to do it.”
Clause initiated this collaboration with Ogwadeni:deo after she participated in a walk with Ganohkwasra. She said she approached a family friend that worked with Ogwadeni:deo and everything seemed to fall in place from there.
“It was kind of my idea,” she said. “I just collaborated with them and they told me the ages of the kids. So, this is their first year doing [something like this] so I was glad to be able to set that up with them. It was awesome.”
But, along with offering the free breakfast, Clause explained that she also arranged for donations to be accepted to help children in need within the Six Nations community for Christmas.
“We’re accepting clothes, hygiene items, we also accepted monetary donations, puzzles, books, school supplies; anything that anyone wanted to donate that could go into a gift basket for children for Christmas,” she said. “Everything that’s here is going to go into gift baskets for native kids in Kin Care.”
Clause said that some people that couldn’t make the breakfast gave her donations beforehand, and she collected around $200 in monetary donations. She further said that donations are being collected until December 12, and anyone wishing to donate can do so at the Social Services building.