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Welcome

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.

ONWA's guiding principle is that all Indigenous ancestry will be treated with dignity, respect and equality; benefits and services will be extended to all, no matter where one lives and regardless of Tribal heritage.

ONWA’s VISION is to be a unified voice for equity, equality and justice for Indigenous women through cultural restoration within and across Nations.

Click here to learn more About Us.

 



 

ONWA is growing! We are always looking for passionate and committed individuals who have a keen interest in advocating and supporting Indigenous Women. Join our team today!

Click here to see the current job opportunities available at ONWA!

 



 

July 4-5, 2018

Our Thunder Bay office will be closed to the public from Wednesday, July 4th at 12:00 PM to Thursday, July 5th at 1:00 PM for system upgrades. Our telephone system will be down during this time. Please feel free to contact our team by email or via our website (http://www.onwa.ca/contact) during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

 


 

June 26, 2018

The ONWA Thunder Bay Council Amalgamation Meeting booked for June 30 at 10:00 AM is CANCELLED and will be RESCHEDULED at a later date.

If you have any questions, please contact:Shelley Knott or Kayla MosesBuilding Aboriginal Women's Leadership ProgramTel: 807-623-3442 or Toll free: 1-800-667-0816

 


 

June 6, 2018

There has never been an Indigenous women elected to the Ontario legislature. There are three Indigenous women running in the upcoming election: Suze Morrison (NDP – Toronto Centre), Ethel LaValley (NDP – Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke) and Karen Kejik (Liberal – Kenora-Rainy River). Each of these candidates has their own reasons for running in the upcoming election. Here are their thoughts on what it means as an Indigenous woman to take on a leadership role.

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May 15, 2018

Youth Life Promotions Embracing Life Logo Contest Winner

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Youth Life Promotions Embracing Life Logo Contest! A winner has been decided! Congratulations to Brandon Bruce for his amazing submission and incredible creativity.(Logo Prize of 200$ for Sportcheck and an Adventure Package for 5 with Boulder Bear Climing Centre)

 


 

April 18, 2018

The Urban Indigenous Action Plan Launch

Indigenous organizations and the Ontario government have worked together to co-develop the Urban Indigenous Action Plan. The Urban Indigenous Action Plan acts as a policy framework to guide Ontario in approaches to developing policies, programs and practices that better meet the needs and priorities of urban and rural Indigenous peoples, organizations and communities.

Click here to read the Urban Indigenous Action Plan

 


 

February 8, 2018

MMIW Website Launch

Join us Feb 14 @ the 10th Annual #Valentines Day Memorial Walk where we will be launching our #MMIW Website

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December 1, 2017

National Inquiry MMIWG Thunder Bay Visit

In advance of the Community Hearing scheduled for December 4-6th 2017, President Dawn Harvard welcomes survivors and family members travelling to Thunder Bay to testify before the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. ONWA has released a schedule of supports available during the Community Hearing in Thunder Bay, which will be hosted at the ONWA Thunder Bay offices at 380 Ray Boulevard.

Click here to learn more!

 


 

UPDATE! November 29, 2017

A Letter of Support for FAFIA Bill S-3

ONWA releases a Letter of Support Re: Reports of sexual discrimination in the Indian Act of Canada - Hearing 166th ordinary period of sessions

If you haven’t already, please take a minute to read ONWA’s position on the amendments to Bill S-3 made by the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, 6(1)(a) here.

 


 

UPDATE! November 20, 2017

Media Release: ONWA’s Analysis of the Interim Report; National Inquiry

 Click Here to read more!

 


 

UPDATE! November 3, 2017

Amendment to Bill S-3

ONWA has released two new letters:

  • B S-3, ONWA Position Letter
  • A Letter of Support for FAFIA Bill S-3

If you haven’t already, please take a minute to read ONWA’s position on the amendments to Bill S-3 made by the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, 6(1)(a) here.

 


 

UPDATE! August 10, 2017

ONWA Sends Open Letter to the Inquiry Commissioners

ONWA sent a letter to the Inquiry Commissioners (Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls) to publically express our withdrawal of support for the continuation of the Inquiry in its current format and approach.

Click Here to read more!

 


 

UPDATE! May 29, 2017

Please support the immediate implementation of the amendments to Bill S-3 that have been adopted by the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples (‘the 6(1)(a) all the way amendment), which were passed by the Senate of Canada on June 1st, 2017.

ONWA has created an online petition calling on the Government of Canada to end gender discrimination in the Indian Act. This petition requires 500 signatures to be presented to government, please sign and share widely.

Help us end gender discrimination in the Indian Act by signing the petition here: https://tinyurl.com/y9ddo3hg

If you haven’t already, please take a minute to read ONWA’s position on the amendments to Bill S-3 made by the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, 6(1)(a) here.

If you want to send a letter a letter of support, we have a letter template for you to use. Letter of Support Template

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out these affiliated sites:

 

mmiwontario.ca

 

Ontario Indigenous Women's Water Commission

 

 

Breaking Free, Breaking Through

 

 

Call the Talk4Healing Help Line at 1-855-554-HEAL.  A help line for Aboriginal women.

 



 

ONWA complies with AODA requirements. Click here for AODA requirements.

Click here to provide feedback on AODA.

Funding provided by:

Ontario Trillium Foundation

 

 

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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