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The Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) is a not for profit organization that was established in 1971 to empower and support Indigenous women and their families throughout the province of Ontario.

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February 04, 2020

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) Congratulates All Indspire Recipients including ONWA Co-Founder Jeannette Corbiere Lavell 2020 Indspire Lifetime Achievement Recipient

Thunder Bay, ON - The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) wishes to congratulate Jeannette Corbiere Lavell on the honour of being announced as the 2020 Indspire Laureate for Lifetime Achievement.

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December 10, 2019

Now, More Than Ever, Gender Equity is a Human Right

Thunder Bay, ON - It is a human right for all women to live in a world without fear and violence. To ensure a level playing field, gender equity needs to be recognized as a cornerstone of all human rights.

Today, December 10th, is the United Nations Human Rights Day. It marks the last day of the “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” #orangetheworld campaign. Violence comes in many forms - physical, psychological, and sexual – and the importance of this issue does not end today; Indigenous women face violence 365 days a year.

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December 6, 2019

Ending Violence Against Women is Everyone’s Responsibility

December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day. Today, we remember and pay tribute to the women who have lost their lives to violence. Three decades after the 1989 Polytechnique Massacre in Montreal, women continue to live in the context of violence every day. For Indigenous women and girls, navigating daily life continues to be filled with fear and violence that no one should endure.

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November 25, 2019
Opinion Piece by Renee Linklater

Ontario Native Women’s Association Using Poetry Nights Province Wide to Raise Awareness and Affect Change

Thunder Bay, ON – November 25th is the United Nations International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women #orangetheworld campaign and this is a call for all of us to step forward and take a stand against violence in our homes, in our communities, and in our systems – locally and globally. Violence against women has deep roots in many societies. We read, hear and speak of multiple acts of violence, from human trafficking to domestic assault, from police brutality to cyber-bullying, from systematic sexual assaults at Indian Residential Schools to the forced removal of babies from their mother’s arms as part of child welfare procedures; each of these violations harms and causes long-lasting pain and injury - and as a society, we must not ignore or worse, silence these voices.

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November 20, 2019

Ontario Native Women’s Association Invites you to Poetry Night

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is hosting Poetry Nights across Ontario to raise awareness of Violence Against Women in support of the United Nations International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women #orangetheworld campaign. This day provides an opportunity to create a space where Indigenous women can gather and celebrate strength and resiliency.

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Head Office: 150 City Road P.O. Box 15-684, City Road, Fort William First Nation, ON, P7J 1J7
Phone: (807) 577-1492 - Toll Free: 1-800-667-0816 - Fax: (807) 623-1104
Satellite Office: 380 Ray Blvd, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 4E6 - Phone: (807) 623-3442