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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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May 23, 2019

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) will be holding a press conference to publically release the Journey to Safe SPACES: Indigenous Anti- Human Trafficking Engagement Report 

Date: 11:00 AM on May 29th, 2019

Location: Galileo Hall, Italian Society of Prince Arthur132 S. Algoma Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario .

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May 12, 2019

First Nation Grandmother and Daughter Activists United in Call for Gender Equality on Mother's Day

Renowned and respected First Nations activist, mother and Grandmother Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell, C.M. and her daughter Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Director of the First People’s House of Learning at Trent University and current President of the Board for the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), are a mother and daughter committed to ending all gender-based discrimination and inequities that remain within the Indian Act.

This Mother’s Day we would like all Canadians to recognize the unbelievable fact that in 2019, all mothers in Canada are not equal under the colonialist system that created the Indian Act.

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March 18-20, 2019

NationTalk Interviews from 2nd Annual She Is Wise Conference (Toronto, ON)

ONWA Day 1, She is Wise Conference - Keynote Speaker: Fay Blaney

Fay Blaney, Xwemalhkw (Homalco) Coast Salisho was raised by her great grandparents, speaking her own language until the age of 7. She and 4 generations of her family attended residential schools in BC. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, a founding member of the Aboriginal Women’s Action Network, and has been involved with the Women’s Memorial March in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver for over 25 years. She is a post-secondary educator in Women & Gender studies, and facilitates cross cultural sensitivity training and reconciliation dialogue circles. Currently Ms. Blaney represents the Aboriginal Women’s Action Network as an expert witness to the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. 

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ONWA Day 2, She is Wise Conference – Keynote Speaker: Kathy Abolson-King

(Minogiizhigokwe – Shining Day Woman) Anishinaabe, a member of Flying Post First Nation, is a Kokum, mother, daughter, auntie, sister. She works as an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Indigegogy, Faculty of Social Work, at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her academic and cultural work has been in restoring, reclaiming, re-righting Indigenous history, knowledge, cultural worldviews and making the invisible visible. She is author of “Kaandossiwin, How we come to know” (2011) and most recently has been gathering stories of resistance and resilience from her mother, a survivor of the St. John Anglican Residential School in Chapleau, ON. Kathy shares with us the resilient wisdom of her mother and how important it is to listen to the stories of the many wise women in our lives. 

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ONWA Day 3, She is Wise Conference - Keynote Speaker: Sandi Boucher

Sandi Boucher of Thunder Bay and a proud member of Seine River First Nation in Treaty 3, is a dedicated author, activist, and a strong advocate for respectful cross-cultural relationships that honour wisdom and not just education. The host of “The Learning Curve” on Shaw Community TV, Sandi is known for her passionate and empowering style that speaks “to hearts, not minds.” Sandi’s audiences include elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools; colleges and universities; First Nation communities and agencies; mainstream municipalities and businesses. In 2016 Ms. Boucher was named both the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year and the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Business Woman of the Year. 

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ONWA Day 3, She is Wise Conference – Nationtalk speaks with Elder Mariea Linklater

Elder Mariea Linklater is Nehiyowskewe from Thunderchild First Nation, Saskatchewan and lives now in Saskatoon,. After 8 years in residential school, she went on to marry her husband of 59 years Walter Linklater, who passed away in 2018; in addition to raising their own 7 children, they fostered over 300 children, and 20 adopted grandchildren. Mariea received a Women of Distinction award in 2016On day 2, She is Wise Conference, Elder Mariea was our keynote speaker. We invite everyone to listen. 

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