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April 18, 2018

The Urban Indigenous Action Plan Launch

Indigenous organizations and the Ontario government have worked together to co-develop the Urban Indigenous Action Plan. The Urban Indigenous Action Plan acts as a policy framework to guide Ontario in approaches to developing policies, programs and practices that better meet the needs and priorities of urban and rural Indigenous peoples, organizations and communities.

Click here to read the Urban Indigenous Action Plan

February 22, 2018

ONWA supports Ontario’s First Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Thunder Bay, ON – on February 22, 2018, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) supports Ontario’s First Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The Ontario government committed to raising awareness on this day through the Anti-Human Trafficking Act 2017.

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February 14, 2018

ONWA Launches New Website In Solidarity With Community Driven Initiatives To End Violence

Thunder Bay, ON – on February 14, 2018, Indigenous people and allies from across the country will be gathering in solidarity  with vigils that began over 20 years on Vancouver’s downtown East side to call attention to the ongoing violence experienced by Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people.

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December 18, 2017

Letter of Support for Delilah Saunders

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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

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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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