Mandate and Objectives
The Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) is a not for profit organization that empowers and supports Aboriginal women and their families in the province of Ontario.
Affiliated with the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), ONWA encourages the participation of Aboriginal women in the development of federal, provincial; municipal/local government policies that impact their lives and ensures issues affecting Aboriginal women and their families are heard at key government tables.
ONWA is committed to providing services that strengthen communities and guarantees the preservation of Aboriginal culture, identity, art, language and heritage. Ending violence against Aboriginal women and their families and ensuring equal access to justice, education, health services, environmental stewardship and economic
development, sits at the cornerstone of the organization. ONWA insists on social and cultural well – being for all Aboriginal women and their families, so that all women, regardless of tribal heritage may live their best life.
To build relationships with all levels of government and other organizations to collaborate on all socio-economic issues affecting the well-being of all Aboriginal women and their families. (Physical)
To increase Aboriginal women’s skills and capacity in planning, developing and managing an array of programs and services that directly impacts their lives and those of their families. (Mental)
To continue to work towards unity amongst Aboriginal women and their families to affect positive change in society in recognizing the importance of diversity and inclusion for all people.
- Through a communication strategy with our membership we will encourage a unified voice to fully participate politically to ensure Aboriginal women and their families are appropriately represented
To promote and advance equality and social justice issues as they affect the realities of Aboriginal women’s lives. (Emotional)
- Designing of resource materials and capacity development opportunities.
To preserve and promote the sacred roles of Aboriginal women and their families as valued and respected members in the community. (Spiritual). Services are provided in a culturally respectful manner.
Provide opportunities for Aboriginal women to learn and teach traditional ways to future generations that are unique to Aboriginal culture.
ONWA is a united voice for equity, equality and justice for Aboriginal women through cultural restoration within and across Nations.