skip to content

Media Centre


Media Centre   |   Media Release Archive  |   Newsletter Archive


Visit ONWA's Media Centre regularly to keep up to date with the latest news regarding Indigenous women and their families, and what ONWA has been doing.



She Is Wise Magazine 1st edition


Click here to read!



October 18, 2019

Ontario Native Women’s Association Launches Indigenous Women’s Magazine

Finally, an Indigenous Women’s magazine, a new empowering voice for Indigenous women. The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is proud to announce the launch of the inaugural edition of their new biannual official publication “She is Wise” magazine.

The new magazine is a platform that will empower Indigenous women and actively support ONWA’s on-going work to end racism and violence as well as celebrating Indigenous women’s accomplishments and successes.

Read more

October 4, 2019

Sisters in Spirit Vigil Honours the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Thunder Bay ON – October 04, 2019 - Today Indigenous women gather across the country in solidarity to be the visible presence for what often seems invisible to most Canadians. Their strength and determination to not let anyone forget the pain, injustice and suffering that Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) have tragically endured and continue to endure. This is not a footnote, rather it is a headline.

Read more

August 19, 2019

ONWA Welcomes Long Overdue Passing of Bill S-3 as Positive Step toward Constructive Reconciliation

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) considers the long overdue passage of Bill S-3 as a positive step toward constructive reconciliation. Following generations of gender bias and inequality, the Liberal government has passed Bill S-3. First Nations women will, at long last, be treated the same as men under the Indian Act - enabling them to obtain the same status and category of membership as their male counterparts and their descendants.

Read more

July 30, 2019  | OPINION PIECE

For Victims the Pain Doesn’t End when they escape the Grips of Human Trafficking

Jessica Desmond Solomon – Aanii, my Spirit Name is Aki-Kwe (Earth Women). I am a First Nation woman from the Robinson Huron Treaty. As a young girl I was a victim of being targeted into Human Trafficking (HT) in Toronto, Canada’s largest city. I am the face of a horror that is spreading like cancer across this country. I am the face that you don’t see or choose not to see until you’re looking into the eyes of your own daughter, sister, niece or mother.

Read more

June 21, 2019

News provided by: Department for Women and Gender Equality

Government of Canada invests in women's organization in Fort Erie

FORT ERIE, ON, June 21, 2019 /CNW/ - Women's organizations provide vital community services that allow women and girls to be financially secure, free from violence, and able to fully participate in all aspects of our economy and society. Yet for far too long these organizations have been chronically underfunded, underestimated and undermined. The Government of Canada recognizes that women's organizations are the lifeblood of the women's movement, and that maintaining and growing their ability to do this important work is the most effective way to advance gender equality.

Read more

June 21, 2019

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) celebrates the historic removal of over 100 years of gender discrimination with the federal government’s commitment to the implementation of Bill S-3 amendments before the election

Thunder Bay, ON – June 21, 2019 Indigenous women and their descendants have much to celebrate after generations of advocacy for the equal rights of Indigenous women, with the final removal of all gender-based discrimination from the Indian Act.

Read more

June 19, 2019

ONWA Executive Director Cora McGuire-Cyrette interview on ELMNT FM's Moment of Truth

Join EMNT FM 106.5 Moment of Truth host David Moses as he interviews Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) Executive Director Cora McGuire-Cyrette. It is a great opportunity to learn more about ONWA a not-for-profit provincial organization established in 1971 to empower and support Indigenous women and their families throughout Ontario.

Listen here

April 3, 2019

April 3, 2019

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) Calls to Individuals, Communities and Systems to Work in Unity Towards Change

Ottawa, ON – June 3, 2019 Today Canada received the much-anticipated National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Final Report, Reclaiming Power and Place.

ONWA acknowledges the families that have chosen to participate in this process and those who have not. “We need to begin to look at how we work together, we need to rebuild our relationships as agencies, community members and systems. We need change now,” stated ONWA Executive Director Cora McGuire-Cyrette. ONWA has seen how effective holistic strength-based services, combined with Indigenous ways of knowing and being are in providing wrap around services to Indigenous women and families which mirrors many of the recommendations within the Inquiry Final Report.

Read More

Read Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Read Journey to Safe SPACES: Indigenous Anti- Human Trafficking Engagement Report

May 29, 2019

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) Releases Journey to Safe SPACES: Indigenous Anti- Human Trafficking Engagement Report

Thunder Bay, May 29, 2019 – ONWA released the survivor and community led Journey to Safe SPACES: Indigenous Anti- Human Trafficking Engagement Report at a press conference held in Thunder Bay today. The report, funded in collaboration with the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues, provides a pathway for new collaborative and integrated working relationships in Ontario.

Read More

Read Report






Want to see more Media Releases? Check out our Media Release Archive.





WINTER 2016 / SPRING 2017

image Click here to read


JUNE 2015

image Click here to read



image Click here to read


Are you interested in submitting an article for our next Minwaajimo Newsletter?

ONWA is always looking for articles to publish in our Newsletters. If you are interested in submitting an article for our next Newsletter we are excited to hear from you!

To submit an article, please complete the Minwaajimo Newsletter Submission Form (avaliable for download below) and email it and any photos/images to ONWA Communications at

Please keep articles between 100-300 words. ONWA reserves the right to edit articles for space and content. Any articles received after the submission date may be held until the next month’s publication. While we welcome all submissions, we do not guarantee that an article will appear in the Newsletter. All appropriate submissions will appear in our newsletter provided there is enough space for the article(s).


Minwaajimo Newsletter Submission Form

To submit a Newslette Article please download and complete this form. Then email it and any photos/images to ONWA Communications at

Minwaajimo Newsletter Submission Form PDF

Minwaajimo Newsletter Submission Form WORD


When is the next Newsletter coming out?




Newsletter Archive


Want to see more Newsletters? Check out our Newsletter Archive.


Connect with us

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