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November 21, 2017

Circles of Care Timmins Launch

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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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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:

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”.

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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


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






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