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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.

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

 



 

 

 

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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