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February 04, 2020

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) Congratulates All Indspire Recipients including ONWA Co-Founder Jeannette Corbiere Lavell 2020 Indspire Lifetime Achievement Recipient

Thunder Bay, ON - The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) wishes to congratulate Jeannette Corbiere Lavell on the honour of being announced as the 2020 Indspire Laureate for Lifetime Achievement.

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December 10, 2019

Now, More Than Ever, Gender Equity is a Human Right

Thunder Bay, ON - It is a human right for all women to live in a world without fear and violence. To ensure a level playing field, gender equity needs to be recognized as a cornerstone of all human rights.

Today, December 10th, is the United Nations Human Rights Day. It marks the last day of the “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” #orangetheworld campaign. Violence comes in many forms - physical, psychological, and sexual – and the importance of this issue does not end today; Indigenous women face violence 365 days a year.

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December 6, 2019

Ending Violence Against Women is Everyone’s Responsibility

December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day. Today, we remember and pay tribute to the women who have lost their lives to violence. Three decades after the 1989 Polytechnique Massacre in Montreal, women continue to live in the context of violence every day. For Indigenous women and girls, navigating daily life continues to be filled with fear and violence that no one should endure.

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November 25, 2019
Opinion Piece by Renee Linklater

Ontario Native Women’s Association Using Poetry Nights Province Wide to Raise Awareness and Affect Change

Thunder Bay, ON – November 25th is the United Nations International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women #orangetheworld campaign and this is a call for all of us to step forward and take a stand against violence in our homes, in our communities, and in our systems – locally and globally. Violence against women has deep roots in many societies. We read, hear and speak of multiple acts of violence, from human trafficking to domestic assault, from police brutality to cyber-bullying, from systematic sexual assaults at Indian Residential Schools to the forced removal of babies from their mother’s arms as part of child welfare procedures; each of these violations harms and causes long-lasting pain and injury - and as a society, we must not ignore or worse, silence these voices.

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November 20, 2019

Ontario Native Women’s Association Invites you to Poetry Night

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is hosting Poetry Nights across Ontario to raise awareness of Violence Against Women in support of the United Nations International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women #orangetheworld campaign. This day provides an opportunity to create a space where Indigenous women can gather and celebrate strength and resiliency.

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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.

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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.

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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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