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ONWA delivers programs and services to Indigenous women regardless of their status or locality. ONWA’s head office is located in Fort William First Nation, Ontario with programs being offered across the province via satellite offices located in Dryden, Geraldton, Hamilton, Kenora, Napanee, Ottawa, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, and Timmins.

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Aboriginal Diabetes Education and Awareness

The goal of this program is to increase awareness by providing Indigenous women and their families with information, resources and support to control and prevent diabetes.

Service Offered: Provincially


Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children

This program is designed to assist Indigenous families in providing the best opportunities for healthy development of children 0 - 6 years of age through family home visiting, service coordination and referrals.

Service Offered: Dryden, Geraldton, Hamilton, Kenora, Napanee, Ottawa, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay


Aboriginal Responsible Gambling Awareness

The objectives and goals of this program are to provide community awareness, education, prevention, and individual referrals regarding gambling to Indigenous Women, community members and their families in a culturally appropriate manner.

Service Offered: Provincially


Aboriginal Sexual Assault Worker Program

This program provides culturally relevant and safe victim services and counselling to Indigenous women who have experienced sexual assault and/or sexual violence and are in need of services that support healing from trauma. The Aboriginal Sexual Assault Worker will offer services which will include, but not be limited to counselling (group and/or individual), traditional healing with Elders or Traditional Healers, and other direct front line services that assist clients in dealing with and recovering from their trauma.

Service Offered: Dryden, and Sioux Lookout


Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training

This (ASETS) program is designed to support Indigenous women with skills development, training needs, career counselling and labour market information. ASETS promotes skills development and employment opportunities for Indigenous women living in urban areas.

Service Offered: Provincially


Aboriginal Victim and Family Liaison Program

This program provides culturally relevant services to the families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and to those who are or have experienced violence. The Aboriginal Victim and Family Liaison will deliver services specific to the family or clients individual needs that guide the families Missing and Murdered Indigenous women through the impact and trauma of the crime, and those who have been victimized by violence.

Service Offered: Thunder Bay, and Kenora


Building Aboriginal Women’s Leadership

The aim of this program (BAWL) is to assist in building capacity and supporting Indigenous women as leaders in their communities. BAWL is also happy to assist individuals in their interest to join or start an ONWA Local in their community.

Service Offered: Provincially


Circles of Care

This program will utilize a comprehensive approach to addressing and eradicating violence against Indigenous women and their children, while enhancing supports across service areas in order to strengthen Indigenous women’s roles as leaders and caregivers in their families and communities.

Service Offered: Kenora, Ottawa, and Timmins


Community Health Outreach Program

This program’s main objective is to promote health and healthy lifestyle choices for Indigenous people. Community Health Outreach workers strive to educate Indigenous women and their families about health care, illness prevention and ways to reduce or escape family violence.

Service Offered: Geraldton, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay


Community Wellness Program

This program is designed to assist Indigenous women and their families in the community who may be experiencing family violence or who may be struggling with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Community Wellness workers will work one on one with families, host workshops, health fairs and other events in order to promote health awareness and the prevention of family violence.

Service Offered: Dryden, Kenora, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay


Gladue Program

The Ontario Native Women’s Association’s newest program is offering the first ever Gladue Program in Hamilton and Ottawa specifically for Indigenous women including: Gladue Reports, Gladue Aftercare supports and a dedicated Gladue Researcher/Policy Analysist. This program strives to re-connect Indigenous women to culturally grounded supports that seek to address the contributing factors to her involvement in the criminal justice system.

The Gladue Services are for Indigenous women with criminal matters before the Courts in Hamilton and Ottawa. The Gladue Report Writer will work with her to tell her story and where appropriate, make recommendations alternative to incarceration for the Court’s consideration. The role of the Gladue Aftercare Worker provides her with assistance in accessing culturally appropriate services in the community.

Gladue Reports are completed where the Crown is seeking a custodial sentence of at least 90 days for an out-of-custody client or three additional months for a client who is in-custody. Following a guilty plea or a finding of guilt, a letter will be prepared where the Crown is seeking 90 days or less of a custodial sentence. A brief letter identifying the Gladue factors and circumstances of the individual can also be prepared for the consideration of a bail hearing.  Click here for the Gladue Report Request Form

Service Offered: Hamilton, Ottawa


Indigenous Anti-Human Trafficking

The ONWA Liaison position will provide support for engagement and leadership of Indigenous trafficking survivors in the Thunder Bay area to develop a locally specific response model to address sexual exploitation and trafficking in Thunder Bay. Given the increasingly hostile climate of racism in the Thunder Bay area and the increased frequency of violence of Indigenous people, this project will also include our view of institutional responses to Indigenous women who may be at risk of becoming trafficked. The ONWA Liaison will develop institution focused preventative responses as well as wholistic culture-based service models and education in the region..

Service Offered: Thunder Bay


Mental Health

This program promotes mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical balance with a focus on the social causes of mental health. The Mental Health team participates in the ongoing planning, development, evaluation, and modification of a comprehensive range of services including prevention programs for Indigenous women and their families including children and youth.

Service Offered: Provincially, Sioux Lookout


Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Family Support

This program supports families through the provision of information, coordination, counselling and ceremonial supports. The program will provide supports and services to the family members regardless of whether or not they have chosen to participate in the Inquiry Process. The goal of the program is to assist families with the reconciliation and healing process.

Service Offered: Provincially


Nihdawin “My House  - A Place Where I Live”

This program assists the Indigenous population in Thunder Bay that are at risk of homelessness and those experiencing homelessness. The goals of this program are to improve the overall quality of living for the homeless population and assist individuals and families with creating a life of stability. The Family Support Workers offer supports that include assisting with housing searches, securing and maintaining housing, budgeting and life skills. The Nihdawin program also offers culturally relevant programming that empowers individuals in regaining their cultural identity teachings, healing and sharing.

Service Offered: Thunder Bay


Youth in Transition Worker Program

The goal of this program (YITW) is to support Indigenous youth (ages 16 – 24) in their successful transition out of the child welfare system into adulthood. YITWs will help youth to develop and pursue their goals, and will support them to identify, access, and navigate adult service systems relevant to their specific needs.

Service Offered: Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay




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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