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December 1, 2017

ONWA Welcomes Visiting Survivors and Family Members to Thunder Bay

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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November 21, 2017

Circles of Care Timmins Launch

Click here to watch video: http://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1266611&binId=1.1142313&playlistPageNum=1


November 20, 2017

ONWA’s Analysis of the Interim Report; National Inquiry

The Ontario Native Women’s Association has been anxiously awaiting the release of the Interim report of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

We recognize the enormity of the work contained within the mandate and we thank the Commissioners for the work they have completed.  We also want to be clear that this is not the Inquiry we asked for and it will likely not get the results we need, but it is the Inquiry we have..

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Full details here: www.onwa.ca/open-letter-to-the-inquiry-commissioners


PUBLIC MEETING: The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) to Review Thunder Bay Police Service Practices for Policing Indigenous Peoples

WHEN:    Monday, September 25, 2017, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Da Vinci Centre, Marco Polo Room
               340 Waterloo Street South
               Thunder Bay

The OIPRD is inviting feedback and recommendations from the public to understand community relations and policing in Thunder Bay. In particular, the OIPRD is conducting a systemic review of the Thunder Bay Police Service’s policies, practices and attitudes regarding missing person and death investigations involving Indigenous Peoples. For further information, please see the attached Terms of Reference.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Police — Indigenous — Community relations
  • Racism and bias in policing
  • Effective policing

Everyone is welcome.

Terms of References: http://www.oiprd.on.ca/EN/PDFs/OIPRD%20To%20Hold%20Public%20Meeting%20in%20Thunder-Bay%20_E.pdf


September 12, 2017

ONWA is Offering Healing Supports for those affected by the National MMIW Inquiry Thunder Bay Community Visit

The Ontario Native Women’s Association is offering culturally sensitive, healing support services to families, friends and loved ones of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women who are attending the National MMIW Inquiry Community Visit that is currently being held by the Federal Government in the city of Thunder Bay from September 11th to 14th, 2017.

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August 14, 2017

ONWA appears before the UN to support the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Canada

The Ontario Native Women’s Association is currently at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss Canada’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).  ONWA and seven other NGO’s released a statement in advance of Canada’s examination by the UN CERD Committee meeting August 14th and 15th.  Cora-Lee McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA’s Executive Director, is in attendance at the meeting to support the statement and advocate for the elimination of racial discrimination.

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Click here to read the full Joint NGO statement in advance of Canada's examination by UN CERD Committee statement

standup4humanrights photo with Cora McGuire-Cyrette (ONWA Executive Director), Senator Kim Pate, Dr. Pam Palmater, and Courtney Skye (Policy Director at NWAC)

Pictured (L-R): Cora-Lee McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director ONWA; Kim Pate, Senator; Pam Palmater, Associate Professor and Chair for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University; Courtney Skye, Policy Director of NWAC


July 28, 2017

ONWA supports Six Nations call for an International Day of Ceremony

The families in Six Nations have expressed concerns regarding the National Inquiry for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls and its lack of cultural grounding, ongoing failure to truly connect to families, and colonial values. To counter this, Six Nations have called for a day of ceremony. The Ontario Native Women's Association is answering that call.

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July 28, 2017

ONWA joins the United Nations World Day Against Trafficking

The United Nations marks Sunday July 30th as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The commemorate this important day the Ontario Native Women's Association will be holding open discussions around sexualized violence, thereby creating a space for community dialogue on this critical issue.

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July 11, 2017

ONWA Sends Open Letter to the Inquiry Commissioners

The Ontario Native Women’s Association would like to publically express our withdrawal of support for the continuation of the Inquiry in its current format and approach. After monitoring the progress of the Inquiry to date, as well as listening to the Chief Commissioner, Marion Buller on July 6th, 2017, describe the progress of the Inquiry as “lightning speed” in spite of many delays over the past 10 months. President, Dawn Harvard stated “we no longer have faith that this Inquiry will meet its mandate and work responsibly with families and communities”.

Click here to read Media Release and Open Letter


July 4, 2017

ONWA Provides Condolences to the family of Barbara Kentner

The Ontario Native Women’s Association is deeply saddened by the loss of a beautiful mother, sister and community member Barbara Kentner. The 34-year-old was born and raised in Thunder Bay and was a member of the Waabigon Saaga’igan Anishinaabeg, Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation.

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June 19, 2017

ONWA supports the Senate’s Amended Bill S-3 and boycotts federal strategy announcement

The Ontario Native Women’s Association was not in attendance for the federal government strategy announcement to prevent and address gender based violence. ONWA cannot participate and celebrate a gender based strategy when our own federal government won’t make the same commitment to our Indigenous mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and aunties. The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) supports ONWA.

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Also check out:

Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)/l’Alliance Féministe pour l’Action Internationale (AFAI): Ottawa, June 15, 2017

Indigenous Women Leaders Challenge the Government on S-3: Ask For Meeting

Anenaki Press Release: Odanak, June 18 2017 

Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould Gives Up On Eliminating the Discrimination Against First Nations Women That Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould Denounced

MEDIA ADVISORY / MEDIA INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: June 18, 2017

Government Refuses To Eliminate Sex Discrimination from the Indian Act: But Court and Senate May be Gamechangers

 


June 1, 2017

Amendment to Bill S-3

Gender discrimination in the Indian Act

ONWA sent a letter to the PM, Minister and Chair of Senate Committee asking them to end gender discrimination once and for all in Indian Act registration. We would love it you did to. Help us end discrimination against Indigenous women! #Rematriation

Click here to read Position Paper


May 30, 2017

ONWA supports Bill S-3 and amendments to eliminate sex-based inequalities in Indian registration

Amendments to a Bill that has the power to eliminate sex-based inequalities in the Indian Act is in Second Reading in the Senate this week. ONWA supports Bill S-3 and proposed amendments [“6(1)(a) all the way”] to eliminate legislative discrimination against Indigenous women.

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May 19, 2017

ONWA expresses grief and condolences to the family of Josiah Begg - calls for community response to prevent further loss

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is expressing immense grief at the news that a body was found in the McIntyre River during the water search for missing 14-year-old Josiah Begg. ONWA is standing in support of Josiah’s family and community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation during this time.

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May 11, 2017

Thunder Bay community searching for 13-year-old boy

UPDATE ON COMMUNITY SEARCH

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) in coordination with Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) are actively looking for Josiah Begg, a 13-year-old boy.

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May 10, 2017

Thunder Bay community searching for 13-year-old boy

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) in coordination with Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) are actively looking for Josiah Begg, a 13-year-old boy.

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May 9, 2017

ONWA mourns the loss of a young Indigenous girl

The Ontario Native Women’s Association is deeply saddened that another young Indigenous person was found near the Neebing-McIntyre floodway in Thunder Bay. Out of respect for the family, ONWA will not share her identity. ONWA extends deepest sympathy to her family and community.

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May 3, 2017

The students of Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School invite you to a quilt unveiling

Indigenous students from around Northern Ontario have taken to quilting to tell their story. The students of Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School have been working on an art project that tells their story and honours their history. They came up with a Quilt of Hope lasting three months and are now ready to share it with friends, family and community.

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April 20, 2017

ONWA supports ‘For the Earth and Water’ water walk with Josephine Mandamin

Today, Grandmother Josephine Mandamin is once again walking for the water. Starting at Spirit Mountain, Duluth MN, and heading east along the shores of Lake Superior, Josephine will walk from sunrise to sunset. She will carry water in a copper pail the entire journey.

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April 12, 2017

ONWA is celebrating 100 years of Ontario women’s first right to vote but recognizing Indigenous women couldn’t vote for another 43 years

100 years ago today women got the right to vote in Canada. However, Indigenous people were not able to vote in provincial or federal elections for more than 40 years.

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April 6, 2017

The National Inquiry - Getting Involved Matters

Read more at: http://send.animikii.com/t/y-0F211412134490A4


March 28, 2017

National Inquiry to Hold First Family Hearings in Whitehorse 

from http://mmiwg-ffada.ca/en/news/

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls willcontinueholdinga series of regionaladvisory meetings across the country over the next two monthsinorder to receive input from survivors and families leading up to family hearingsthat will beginat the end of May.

Read more at: http://mmiwg-ffada.ca/files/national-inquiry-to-hold-first-family-hearings-in-whitehorse.pdf 


March 22, 2017

Low number of register cases prompts ONWA to offer help linking families with the Inquiry

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) has restated a commitment to serve as a point of contact for families who wish to speak to the National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry following a revelation that less than 10% of the names of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are registered on the Inquiry database.

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March 9, 2017

Valuing Discourse: Senators Discuss INAC’s “Unstated Paternity” Policy

Journey Magazine PTBO, by Lynn Gehl, Ph.D.

When Members of Parliament and Senators borrow, assimilate, or adopt gender-neutral language such as “unstated parentage” or “unnamed parent” when the discrimination is anything but, they potentially approve legislation that harms mothers and babies.

Read Here: https://journeymagazineptbo.com/2017/03/09/valuing-discourse-senators-discuss-inacs-unstated-paternity-policy/


March 1, 2017

Walking Together - 1 year anniversary

For over 46 years, The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) has advocated for safety, equality and justice for Indigenous women. Our 1989 groundbreaking report, Breaking Free, exposed the true extent of the violence they faced. After building on this work for nearly another three decades, ONWA was pleased at the announcement of Walking Together in 2016, and the opportunity for partnership with Ontario to address the issue of violence against Indigenous women. 

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March 1, 2017

ONWA Appointed Human Trafficking Liaison in Ontario’s Anti-Trafficking Strategy

The Ontario Native Women’s Association has received funding to establish Human Trafficking Liaisons in five sites across the province, one of four areas of action from Ontario’s Strategy To End Human Trafficking. The province will commit up to $72 million in an anti-trafficking strategy. The strategy comes from the commitment within Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence against Indigenous Women.

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February 25, 2017

Indigenous Women Leaders Gather for Inaugural Leadership Forum

Indigenous women leaders from across Ontario gathered together in Toronto this morning for the inaugural Indigenous Women’s Leadership Forum. The forum, hosted by the Ontario Native Women’s Association, has brought together over 50 female leaders to share wisdom and leadership and to determine how to best support the wellbeing of Indigenous women, children, and their communities.

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February 24, 2017

In Conversation with Cora-Lee McGuire-Cyrette

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February 15, 2017

9th Annual Valentine’s Memorial Walk

Keeping the memory of a loved one alive is just one of the reasons so many people take part in the Annual Memorial Walk organized by Sharon Johnson and friends. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the unsolved death of her younger sister Sandra Kaye Johnson.

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February 8, 2017

Re: February 7, 2017 Press Conference from the commissioners of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is encouraged by the commissioners’ continued focus on the lived experiences of Indigenous women and girls, as well as the efforts expressed to follow a trauma-informed and culturally relevant engagement process with women, families and both federal and provincial organizations. We additionally appreciate the clarifications made regarding the inclusion of men and boys in the inquiry process, continuing to focus on the centrality of systemic violence against Indigenous women and girls (the original mandate of the inquiry).

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December 21, 2016

Food Drive for the Holidays

The Ontario Native Women’s Association is in the Holiday spirit, and giving is at the top of the list. All staff members are engaged in some playful competition to see who can raise the most funds and bring in the most food for Shelter House Thunder Bay.  This year the staff are collecting more than food - they also asked for the wish list from the residents of the Shelter House Kwae Kii Win Centre, and aim to get everything off the list.  

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December 21, 2016

Client Christmas Party

This afternoon, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) held their annual Client Christmas Party. Over 30 families showed up to attend the community event. There was a home cooked meal, singing and a visit from the big guy in red, Santa. The ONWA satellite office was all red with poinsettia, a wall scape fire place and Christmas lights aglow. 

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November 28, 2016

ONWA hosts Poetry Night for the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women & Girls 

On Friday November 25th, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) held a Poetry Night to commemorate the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls. Over 50 people attended the event to hear readings from emerging, seasoned, and published poets. Their words spoke of personal experiences of violence, the damaging effects of violence, and developing strength through adversity. 

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November 16, 2016

Native Women’s Centre Celebrates their 40th Anniversary

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) was happy to attend the celebrations of the Hamilton-Wentworth Chapter, Native Women’s Centre, as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary. The anniversary party themed “We Care We Share” had live entertainment, silent auction and lots of success stories from past clients and workers. 

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October 28, 2016

ONWA Stands with STANDING ROCK

Recently two staff members from the Ontario Native Women’s Association made the drive to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation located in North Dakota and South Dakota in the United States. Standing Rock was born from a grassroots movement in the spring of 2016 in reaction to the proposed construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline would cross beneath the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Reservation. 

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October 4, 2016

ONWA Holds 45th Annual General Assembly

2016 marks the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) 45th year of being the voice of Indigenous Women and their families in the province. ONWA delivers programs and services, engages in building relationships with all levels of government and partners with agencies in order to achieve equality and justice for women.

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September 16, 2016

Charlie Angus MP talks with the Ontario Native Women’s Association

Charlie Angus, MP for Timmins – James Bay sat down to talk with the Ontario Native Women’s Association. The informal conversation was about Child Welfare Reform and the connection to violence against Indigenous women and children in care. 

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September 13, 2016

ONWA and OFIFC Launch Video Release for Breaking Free, Breaking Through


September 12, 2016

ONWA and OFIFC Launch Breaking Free, Breaking Through Video

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) are launching a new public awareness video titled Breaking Free, Breaking Through. The video, produced by Apple Wagon Films in Thunder Bay addresses violence against Indigenous women and the supports needed for women and their families. The video is part of a research project completed by ONWA and OFIFC documenting the resiliency of Indigenous women in breaking free from violence.

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Check out the video at: www.breakingthrough.ca/video


August 15, 2016

Congratulations to Betsy Connor, one winning the NAN Woman Award

Once a year Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions of NAN community members and this year the NAN Woman Award went to Betsy Connor from Taykwa Tagamou Nation. 

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August 3, 2016

ONWA is pleased that after decades of working with women a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has been launched today

ONWA acknowledges the voices of the families of MMIWG and the leadership of our government, national PTOs and Canadian partners like Kairos and amnesty international to address this issue and bring our women’s issues forward. 

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July 25, 2016

Indigenous Activist Jeanette Corbiere-Lavell honoured with doctorate by York University

The Ontario Native Women’s Association is extremely proud of Jeanette Corbiere-Lavell for receiving her honorary doctorate. Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director of ONWA says “it’s because of our strong Indigenous Women leaders, past, present and future, that encourages us to do more, to want more, to fight for equality and equity. I’m so proud of Dr. Corbiere-Lavell and her never ending fight for the same things.” 

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June 30, 2016

Announcement Made By the Ontario Government about Ending Human Trafficking in Ontario

The Ontario Government announced a $72 million dollar investment in a four pillar, cross government strategy to Ending Human Trafficking in Ontario. The four pillars include:

  • Prevention and Community Supports
  • Enhanced Justice Sector Initiatives
  • Indigenous-led Approaches
  • Provincial Coordination and Leadership 

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May 30, 2016

ONWA Supports New Provincial Plan “The Journey Together”

The Ontario Native Women’s Association(ONWA) applauds Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for offering an official apology to Indigenous communities for the Residential Schools and past policies of previous Ontario governments.ONWA has great respect for the courageous Residential Schools Survivors whose stories have informed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and have resulted in Ontario’s recognition of the urgent need for healing. ONWA commends the Ontario Government for investing $250 million in new initiatives in its report “The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples”.  

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May 18, 2016

ONWA President Makes Statement at UN Permanent Forum Encouraging Full Participation of Indigenous Women

Ontario Native Women’s Association President, Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, spoke yesterday at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues emphasizing the vital importance of Indigenous women’s voices and leadership in achieving true reconciliation. Harvard, speaking on behalf of both the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) offered support of the Government of Canada’s decision to fully and unconditionally adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) but underscores the fundamental importance of ensuring that Indigenous women are not only included but recognized as leaders. 

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May 16, 2016

ONWA Welcomes Cora-Lee McGuire-Cyrette as the New Executive Director

On behalf of the Ontario Native Women’s Association, President Dr. Dawn Harvard Lavell is pleased to announce Cora-Lee McGuire-Cyrette in her new role.   The Ontario Native Women’s Association welcomes Cora-Lee McGuire-Cyrette as the new Executive Director. 

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May 10, 2016

ONWA Pleased with Canada’s Announcement on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is pleased with the recent announcement by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett on the shift in Canada’s position on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The UNDRIP was adopted by the UN in 2007 and sets out the minimum standards for Indigenous Peoples’ “survival, dignity and well-being” throughout the world. 

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May 9, 2016

ONWA Representing Indigenous Women at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Delegates from the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) are representing Indigenous women at the 15th United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues this week in New York City. The theme of this year’s forum is “Indigenous Peoples: Conflict, Peace and Resolution”. ONWA Board Members and Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) President are in attendance to ensure the voices of Ontario’s Indigenous women are heard and that Indigenous women from across Canada are well represented at this forum. They are also in attendance to gather information about the work of the UN, particularly as it relates to ending violence against Indigenous women and ending sex trafficking of Indigenous women and girls. As an organization that has been working for decades on ending violence against Indigenous women, ONWA is well-positioned to share insights and expertise about what is needed at provincial, national and international levels to address the pervasive violence against Indigenous women. 

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February 23, 2016

The Ontario Government’s Announcement of a Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women

The Ontario government has announced a $100 million dollar commitment to ending violence against Indigenous women through enhanced programming, policy, education and research. ONWA is immensely pleased with this announcement. Ontario will be a leader, in partnership with ONWA and other members of the Joint Working Group to End Violence Against Indigenous Women, in creating the solutions we know to be necessary. 

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February 12, 2016

ONWA Releases Paper on Sex Trafficking of Indigenous Women and Girls

The Ontario Native Women’s Association has released a paper on the sex trafficking of Indigenous Women and Girls. The paper calls for increased research and funding to better understand the domestic and international sex trafficking of Indigenous women and girls in Ontario and beyond. ONWA underscores the need for this research to occur within a gender and culture-based framework.

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February 9, 2016

ONWA is Offering Healing Supports for those affected by the MMIW Pre-Inquiry Sessions

The Ontario Native Women’s Association is offering culturally sensitive, follow-up healing support services to families, friends and loved ones of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women who have attended and are impacted by the ongoing MMIW Pre-Inquiry Sessions currently being held by the Federal Government. ONWA understands the importance of providing culturally relevant, sensitive and timely support services to assist our people in their healing journey throughout these pre-inquiry sessions. As such, ONWA is committed to providing these supports to the loved ones affected within the province of Ontario in order to assist them with gaining closure following the pre-inquiry sessions. 

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January 26, 2016

ONWA welcomes the Canada Human Rights Tribunal findings

The morning of Tuesday, January 26, 2016 the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found that the Canadian Government was guilty of racially discriminating against First Nations children and their families by providing flawed and inequitable child welfare services. They agreed that federal funding formulas and policies create an incentive to place First Nations children in foster care and do not address the cultural needs of children and declared that the government must "cease the discriminatory practice and take measures to redress and prevent it." 

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January 25, 2016

ONWA extends our sincere condolences to the community of La Loche

The Ontario Native Women’s Association staff and Board of Directors are saddened to hear of the tragic school shooting that occurred in the community of La Loche, Saskatchewan on Friday, January 22, 2016. 

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December 16, 2015

Ontario Provincial Police’s Report: Missing and Unsolved Murdered Indigenous People

As a leader in addressing violence against Aboriginal women in the province, ONWA is pleased that the OPP has released a report on missing and murdered Aboriginal people as a first step toward building relationships and sharing information. ONWA believes the report is a good first step, however, we continue to stress the importance of continued research into the high numbers of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. This research must include cases outside of the jurisdiction of the OPP.

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December 9, 2015

Prime Minister Trudeau’s Address at the AFN to Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the National Enquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

ONWA welcomes and is pleased with the Prime Minister’s commitments made in his address at the Assembly of First Nations held in Ottawa December 8th, 2015. During the Address Prime Minister Trudeau committed to the following five priorities:

  1. A National Inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada
  2. Increased Education Support for Indigenous Peoples
  3. Lifting of the two per cent cap on funding to First Nations Programs
  4. Implementation of all 94 recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  5. Repeal all legislation unilaterally imposed on indigenous people by the previous government 

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September 18, 2015

Back to Our ONWA Roots: ONWA Celebrates 44 Years as the Voice for Aboriginal Women and their Families in Ontario

2015 marks the Ontario Native Women’sAssociation (ONWA) 44th year of being the voice of Aboriginal women and their families in Ontario. ONWA delivers programs and services, engages in building relationships with all levels of government, partner organizations and agencies in order to achieve equality and justice for Aboriginal women, their families and communities throughout Ontario. 

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August 25, 2015

ONWA Welcomes Cora-Lee McGuire-Cyrette as the Interim Executive Director

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is pleased to welcome Cora-Lee McGuire-Cyrette in her new position as the Interim Executive Director of ONWA. 

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August 17, 2015

ONWA Congratulates NAN on new executive

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) would like to congratulate the electoral winners of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Executive Council during the XXXIV Keewaywin Conference. Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is an organization working with 49 communities within their territory in the province of Ontario. 

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June 19, 2015

New RCMP Report Reinforces Need for National Inquiry: ONWA Continues the Call for Action

The RCMP released their secondary report today that provides an update to the national crisis of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Like its predecessor, this report reiterates the already known fact that Aboriginal women are more likely to go missing or be murdered than non-Aboriginal women in Canada. 

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June 10, 2015

Reconciliation Begins with our Communities: ONWA Pushes for Implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Recommendations

As the voice for Aboriginal women and their families in Ontario, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is urging Canada to implement the recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

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April 14, 2015

ONWA Recognizes Sexual Violence Awareness Month: Calls for More Indigenous Specific Solutions

In recognition of Sexual Violence Awareness month the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is calling attention to the ongoing high rates of sexual violence and harassment perpetrated against Aboriginal women and is making recommendations to help address the problem. 

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March 6, 2015

ONWA Honours International Women's Day with the Continued Call for a National Inquiry: Time to "Make It Happen"

Every year, International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th as a way to inspire women, celebrate their achievements, and encourage greater advancements and equality. This year’s theme is “Make It Happen”, and the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is passing that message along to the Federal government in regards to a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

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February 27, 2015

Joint Statement from Ontario's Delegation at the Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Ontario News from the Office of the Premier

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November 24, 2014

OWNA Celebrates 43rd Annual General Assembly: Moves Forward with the Support of Ontario's Leaders

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) wrapped up the 43rd Annual General Assembly on Sunday (November 23/14), which brought together over 100 delegates from all across Ontario. The theme of this year’s assembly was “Honouring the Path of Our Grandmothers”, which served to honour the lessons and leadership of our grandmothers who came before us and blazed the trail for strength and growth that ONWA now follows in the continued pursuit of advancements for Aboriginal women and their families in Ontario. 

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October 3, 2014

Sisters in Spirit: ONWA Honours Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

Violence against Aboriginal women in Canada has become a tragic epidemic that can no longer be ignored, with a shocking 1,181 recorded cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in the past 3 decades alone. Today, (October 3rd, 2014), the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is hosting a Sisters in Spirit Vigil to honour the lives of those who have gone missing or murdered, and to support the families and friends who have been tragically touched by the loss of a loved one to violence. 

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August 27, 2014

ONWA Appalled by Racist Media Coverage: Globe and Mail Disregards Issue of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is shocked and appalled by an article published today by the Globe and Mail entitled “Posturing is the only reason for a missing women inquiry.” 

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July 10, 2014

Growing Together with the Community: ONWA Plants Annual Garden

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) has launched the annual community garden, called Omaanake Gagii-Dazhii Maamaw Ombigiyang, which means ‘A Place We Grow Together’.  This year’s community garden initiative is being run in partnership with the Thunder Bay Family Network and was planted with the assistance of ONWA clients and community members. Roots to Harvest was also on hand to provide support and guidance.

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June 6, 2014

ONWA Encourages Aboriginal Women to Vote in Upcoming Provincial Election

Ontario has an election coming up on June 12th.  With the majority of Aboriginal women in Ontario living off-reserve, provincial policies directly impact their lives and the lives of their families. The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) would like to remind Aboriginal women that they have a voice, and that voting is an excellent way to ensure their voices are heard. 

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May 20, 2014

RCMP Report Reaffirms Need for Action: ONWA Reinforces the Call for a National Public Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

The RCMP’s recently released report, “Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overview” confirmed what the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), along with other Aboriginal organizations and communities have known for a long time - that Aboriginal women are much more susceptible to violence than non-Aboriginal women in Canada. ONWA welcomes the findings of the report and reinforces the call for further action to end the disproportionately hight rates of violence in the form of a national, public inquiry. 

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March 21, 2014

ONWA Recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Racism

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on March 21st. The day was proclaimed in 1966 when the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.  Although we have made great strides towards equality on an international scale, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is calling attention to the rampant racial discrimination that is still perpetuated towards Canada’s Aboriginal peoples on a daily basis. 

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March 19, 2014

ONWA Celebrates Canada Water Week: Launches Website of Ontario Indigenous Women's Water Commission

Canada water week is celebrated annually on the third week of March to coincide with World Water Day. World Water Day is held on March 22nd as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) would like to celebrate this day and the significance that water has within Aboriginal culture with the launch of the Ontario Indigenous Women’s Water Commission (OIWWC) website. 

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March 5, 2014

Inspiring Change Through Positive Action: ONWA Celebrates International Women's Day

Each year, International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8th.  The day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) would like to acknowledge that while Aboriginal women have made tremendous strides over the past years, there is still a long way to go before true equality is reached. 

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February 25, 2014

Joining the Call for Action: ONWA Supports Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) whole-heartedly supports the release of Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan. The plan was created by First Nations youth living in Ontario’s northern First Nation communities and is an urgent CALL TO ACTION on the issue of suicide. Feathers of Hope calls upon all leadership in Ontario, both First Nations and mainstream, to take a stand, and to partner with them to create safer, healthier communities.

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February 20, 2014

Removing the Barriers to Equality: ONWA Recognizes World Day of Social Justice

In 2007, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed February 20th as World Day of Social Justice. Observers of this day are encouraged to support efforts in their communities to eradicate poverty, promote full employment and decent work, and achieve gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all. The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) recognizes World Day of Social Justice and urges all Canadians to consider this day as an opportunity to better understand the barriers to social and economic justice that Aboriginal women and their families face on a daily basis.

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February 3, 2014

ONWA Welcomes Erin Corston as the New Executive Director

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is pleased to welcome Erin Corston in her new position as the Executive Director of ONWA.

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December 10, 2013

Promoting and Protecting the Rights of Aboriginal Women and their Families: ONWA Recognizes Human Rights Day

Every year on December 10th, people all around the world celebrate Human Rights Day. Proclaimed in 1950 by the UN General Assembly, Human Rights Day aims to bring attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and nations. The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) recognizes Human Rights Day and calls for the promotion and protection of the rights of Aboriginal women and their families. 

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December 6, 2013

ONWA Makes a Call to Action for All Canadians to Help End Violence Against Aboriginal Women in Canada

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) recognizes today (December 6th) as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada and is making a call to action for all Canadians to take a stand and work together to break the cycle of violence. 

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December 2, 2013

ONWA Recognizes the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery: Calls Attention to Human Trafficking of Aboriginal Women and Girls

Today (December 2nd), is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.  The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery; such as trafficking in persons, and sexual exploitation. In light of this day, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) would like to draw attention to, and call for the eradication of human trafficking of Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. 

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November 25, 2013

ONWA Recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is joining in the day’s efforts to raise awareness of the fact that women all around the world are subjected to all forms of violence. In Canada, Aboriginal women in particular suffer from violence at disproportionately higher rates than non-Aboriginal women. 

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October 17, 2013

ONWA Reinforces Call for Action on Findings of the UN Special Rapporteur

James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, recently concluded his visit to Canada from October 7 – 15th, during which he collected a significant amount of information from Indigenous peoples and Government representatives across the country.  The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is urging Canada to take his expert opinion and recommendations seriously. 

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October 7, 2013

ONWA Joins the Call for Action: Ending Violence Against Aboriginal Women and a National Inquiry of Utmost Importance

Today marks the 250th anniversary of the British Proclamation which was signed on October 7th, 1763. The historic document legally mandated Canada to recognize Indigenous land rights, yet 250 years later, Indigenous rights are still not being respected or upheld. On the day that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will begin an official visit to Canada to examine the human rights situation of this country’s Indigenous peoples, ONWA would like to call special attention to the issues of violence against Aboriginal women, the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in child welfare, and the need for a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. 

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October 4, 2013

Sisters in Spirit: ONWA Honours Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

The tragedy of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada has become an epidemic. Currently, there are over 600 known cases, with many more victims that have gone, and continue to go, unreported. October 4th has become a day when we honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls and support families who have been tragically touched by the loss of a loved one to violence. 

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October 1, 2013

ONWA Reaffirms Commitment to Ending Violence, Child Welfare, Child Welfare and the Environment at 42nd Annual General Assembly

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) held the 42nd Annual General Assembly (AGA) this past weekend (September 27th -29th).  The annual gathering welcomed approximately 70 delegates from across Ontario who gathered to discuss issues related to Aboriginal women and their families in Ontario, to address ongoing challenges, and to celebrate the successes of the past year. 

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September 27, 2013

ONWA Hosts 42nd Annual General Assembly ~ Spirituality, Healing and Peace: Connections with Mother Earth

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is a not for profit organization that strives to empower and support Aboriginal women and their families throughout the province of Ontario. Members from all over the province will be gathering for the 42nd Annual General Assembly (AGA) from September 27th – September 29th in Toronto, ON.

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September 13, 2013

Decision to Prorogue Parliament Prompts ONWA to Stress Importance of a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

Prime Minster Stephen Harper has recently announced plans to once again prorogue parliament. The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is deeply concerened with this decision and the affect it will have on the parliamentary Special Committee On Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. 

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July 9, 2013

ONWA Continues to Grow with the Community: Launches Annual Community Garden

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) has recently launched a community garden initiative in which community members are encouraged to participate in the planting and maintenance of the garden, partake in cultural teachings, benefit from the fresh produce, and enjoy a sense of community as we “grow together.” 

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July 5, 2013

ONWA to Appoint New Executive Director: Kennedy Excited to Lead New Ontario Native Women's Charitable Foundation

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is about to undergo some changes in leadership. Betty Kennedy, ONWA’s current Executive Director will soon be transitioning to the position of First Executive Officer with the newly created Ontario Native Women’s Charitable Foundation.  The recruitment process for Kennedy’s replacement as ONWA’s Executive Director is currently underway.  

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June 12, 2013

Matrimonial Real Property Bill Passes Despite Opposition: ONWA Concerned with the Subsequent Consequences for Aboriginal Women

Bill S-2, Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act, passed the third reading in the House of Commons yesterday (Tuesday, June 11, 2013) despite concerns from opposing First Nations. ONWA believes that while the Bill proposes to address issues relating to family real property on reserves, ‘granting’ First Nations rights to create their own laws, approve membership and notify the Attorney General, it was done so without sufficient consultation and consensus with Aboriginal women.

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March 22, 2013

Protecting and Honouring the Water: ONWA Celebrates World Water Day with Announcement of an Ontario Indigenous Women's Water Commission

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) would like to celebrate International World Water Day, which is held annually on March 22nd as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. 

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March 8, 2013

Aboriginal Women's Equality - Past, Present and Future: ONWA Celebrates the Strength of Aboriginal Women on International Women's Day

Today (Friday March 8) marks International Women's Day: a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) would like to take this opportunity to recognize the strength of Aboriginal women and girls. 

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February 14, 2013

ONWA Supports Global Day of Action to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women: Reiterating the Call for a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

February 14th is a global day for action to end violence Against Aboriginal women, as well as a day to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women. On this day of action, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is once again reiterating the call for a National Inquiry into the epidemic rates of violence against of Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.

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December 20, 2012

Ontario Aboriginal Women Recognized for their Contributions to Canada

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is proud to announce that six Aboriginal women from Ontario have been selected by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) to receive the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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December 18, 2012

Joining the Spirit of "Idle No More": ONWA Reiterates the Call for Respect, Equality and a National Inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) hosted a traditional Pipe Ceremony yesterday (Monday, December 17th) to honour and demonstrate support for Chief Theresa Spence along with thousands of our relations in the continued struggle for equality and justice for all nations across Canada.

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December 13, 2012

Hungry for Justice: ONWA Supports Attawapiskat Chief and Urges Meaningful Response

Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat First Nation launched a hunger strike on Tuesday, December 11th in protest of the persistent systemic disrespect shown to First Nation peoples by the Federal government. The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is joining in the support for her cause and strongly urges for an immediate and meaningful response by the Federal government.

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December 6, 2012

Remembering the Victims and Acting to End Violence: ONWA Supports Inquiry of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) recognizes today as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada and reinforces the call for a national inquiry into the missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

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November 30, 2012

ONWA Executive Director Betty Kennedy Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is proud to announce that Executive Director, Betty Kennedy, was awareded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award.

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October 19, 2012

Critical New Service Launched for Aboriginal Women in Northern Ontario - Talk4Healing: A Help Line for Aboriginal Women

Today, Beendigen and the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) announced the launch of a critical new service for Aboriginal women. A first of its kind in Ontario - Talk4Healing, A Help Line for Aboriginal Women - will provide a culturally safe and appropriate resource for Aboriginal women and their families living in Northern Ontario. 

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October 16, 2012

Harvesting our Strengths, Sowing our Successes: ONWA Celebrates 41 Years at Annual General Assembly

After 41 years, the Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) - a not for profit organization that strives to empower and support Aboriginal women and their families throughout the province of Ontario - is harvesting their strengths and sowing their successes at the Annual General Assembly (AGA).

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October 4, 2012

Sisters in Spirit: ONWA Hosts Vigil to Honour Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

Currently, there are approximately 600 known cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women across Canada, and those numbers continue to climb. In light of this epidemic, dedicated individuals, groups, and organizations all over the country are working diligently to ensure that October 4th becomes a national day of remembrance for all the women and families who have been tragically affected.

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September 22, 2012

Honouring Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: ONWA Hosts First Annual Pow Wow

Currently, there are approximately 600 known cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Today, as a way to raise awareness and to pay respect to the countless families affected by these tragedies, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) hosted the First Annual Honouring Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women Pow Wow.

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August 9, 2012

ONWA Celebrates 2012 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is proud to celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Celebrated  every year on August 9th, the day was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in 1994 in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations.

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July 19, 2012

ONWA Responds to AFN Election Results: Pleased with Women Representation

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) would like to congratulate Shawn Atleo for his re-election as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. In addition to Atleo’s victory, ONWA was extremely pleased to see such strong representation of Aboriginal women in leadership roles.

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July 16, 2012

Water Legislation Progresses Despite Failure to Address Needs and Concerns of Aboriginal Women

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is very disappointed with the progress of Bill S-8, Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act which was recently passed by the Senate, due to grave concerns that the Bill fails to protect safe drinking water for First Nation communities.

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July 11, 2012

Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women Should be National Priority

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is extremely disappointed in the lack of action on behalf of the Federal Government in terms of the requested inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women.

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July 6, 2012

For Generations to Come: Working to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) in collaboration with the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC),  Independant First Nations (IFN), and the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) recently held “For Generations to Come – Summit V to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women” on June 26th to June 28th in Toronto, Ontario.

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June 8, 2012

ONWA "Growing Together" with the Community

Today, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) launched a community garden initiative called Omaanake Gagii-Dazhii Maamaw Ombigiyang, which means ‘A Place We Grow Together’.

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June 6, 2012

ONWA Welcomes Coroner Inquest Into Deaths of Aboriginal Youths

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is pleased with the Ontario Coroner’s decision regarding the deaths of Aboriginal youth across Ontario and, specifically the recent deaths of youth within Thunder Bay.

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April 23, 2012

ONWA Opposes the Sale of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission

The Government of Ontario recently announced the sale of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC). ONTC is responsible for connecting the North by physical means on rail and road and water. The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) opposes this decision due to the negative effects that will arise from the sale and the resulting discontinuation of the Northern Railway Freight and Passenger Service.

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April 20, 2012

ONWA Honours Mother Earth

In honour of Earth Day, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) held an Earth Day Clean-Up Walk around Boulevard Lake on Friday, April 20th, 2012 to demonstrate our respect for Mother Earth. ONWA walkers were dedicated to picking up litter as they walked the perimeter of the lake.

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April 16, 2012

ONWA Responds to Federal Cuts to NWAC: Jeapardizes Aboriginal Women's Health

Health Canada has announced that they will cut funding for all programs of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) geared toward the improvement of Aboriginal women’s health.  The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) finds this decision gravely concerning and disappointing in that it puts Aboriginal women’s health in jeopardy.

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March 19, 2012

Culturally Relevant and Gender Balanced Approach Needed to Address OxyContin Crisis

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) has serious concerns regarding the overall lack of consultation, planning  and foresight in regards to the discontinuance of OxyContin and the numerous detrimental affects it will have on Aboriginal women and their families.

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March 13, 2012

Safe Streets and Communities Act to Carry Detrimental Consequences for Aboriginal Women and their Families

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) strongly opposes the passing of Bill C-10, also known as the Safe Streets and Communities Act.

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December 19, 2011

Action Needed to Address Sexual Violence and Aboriginal Women

The impacts of colonialism and paternalism in various forms, such as the residential school system, have left devastating impacts on the social, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Our women who were traditionally honoured are now in many cases devalued and disrespected. Negative ideologies surrounding Aboriginal women have manifested themselves through the pervasiveness of sexual violence in many of our Aboriginal communities, with the incidence of sexual violence being as high as 9 out of 10 in some communities.

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December 5, 2011

Attawapiskat Needs Houses, Not Relocation and Third Party Management

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is calling on all levels of government to bring the Attawapiskat housing crisis to the forefront for concrete action.  Every Canadian, whether of First Nations descent or not, deserves a safe, affordable and suitable home in which to raise their families.

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October 24, 2011

Ontario Native Women's Association Announces 3rd Annual Poetry Contest

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) launched its third annual Poetry Contest today to help raise awareness about violence against Aboriginal women and the impact it has on families. This contest is being sponsored by ONWA in support of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is November 25th, 2011.

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May 13, 2011

ONWA Supports National Chief and Mayor of Thunder Bay's Call for Increased Support for Aboriginal Youths

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) President, Dawn Harvard extends condolences to the family, friends and community of Jordan Wabasse.   “It’s with a heavy heart that I speak out today regarding the tragic loss of Jordan – a young man who left his home, his family and his community in the hopes of furthering his education and pursuing his interest in hockey,” said Dawn Harvard.   She went on to say, ““while Jordan’s family and the Webequie First Nation community may have some closure on his disappearance, they are left to deal with the grief surrounding his death.  As an advocate for Aboriginal women and their children and as a mother, I can say with utmost certainty that our families should not have to fear for the safety of their children when they are sent to urban centres for schooling.  Our young people deserve the same care, support and protection as other youth.”

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November 12, 2010

Department of Justice Canada Announces $10 Million in Support of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

The Department of Justice Canada recently announced that $10M would be allocated to address the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. While ONWA supports the Government of Canada in taking steps to address this very important issue, we share the serious concerns of NWAC and Sisters In Spirit of how this money is allocated. Furthermore, it is very disappointing that Sisters In Spirit will be excluded from the ongoing development of public policy in the matter

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November 1, 2010

ONWA Announces 2nd Annual Poetry Contest

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) launched its second annual Poetry Contest today to help raise awareness about violence against Aboriginal women and the impact it has on families. This contest is one of a series of activities that ONWA will be sponsoring in support of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is November 25, 2010

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October 24, 2010

ONWA Hosts 39th Annual General Assembly

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) proudly hosted its 39th Annual General Assembly in Sudbury, Ontario October 15th-17th, 2010.  Entitled “Celebrating Our Traditions in Unity”, over 100 delegates from 80 local chapters across Ontario came together to celebrate ONWA’s history and its achievements over the last year.

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October 24, 2010

ONWA Elects New Board of Directors

During the 39th Annual General Assembly hosted recently in Sudbury, Ontario, the Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) held elections for its new Board of Directors. The Board consists of 16 members; with each region in Ontario having 4 directors including 1 youth representative. The Board is lead by an Executive Committee and is also supported by a Grandmother’s Council. 

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