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Two sisters open Red Willow Café in Serpent River First Nation – Anishinabek News

May 10, 2024

SERPENT RIVER FIRST NATION – Brenda Meawasige and Myra Southwind are two sisters living in Serpent River First Nation (SRFN) who had a dream to open their own restaurant. Earlier this year, the sisters decided they wanted to do something that brings them joy and happiness as well as create a livable income for themselves, and do something they did.

Frustration was always rearing its ugly head when they were looking for dependable employment; it had taken them to the brink. They’d had enough.  So, what could they do to make the dream of having their own business happen? Well, they both loved cooking, especially for others. And what could be better than providing one of the basic needs for everyone? Food is perhaps one of the few items that is not just a need but also a want. After weighing up all the pros and cons of opening a restaurant, the pair decided that the odds were in their favour so they’d go for it. Red Willow was soon to become a reality for the two sisters.

“Well, we were both out of work and thinking of something to do, we both love cooking, we’ve always cooked, I enjoyed cooking at Geka with my mother Geraldine Meawasige,” Brenda said.

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