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5th Annual Poetry Night

Updated: Apr 4, 2023


Every year, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) hosts a 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.

2020 marks the 5th year that ONWA has held a Poetry Night. This year we will be holding Poetry Night virtually through Zoom.

Art as Healing Trauma is a strong foundation of the work ONWA does, addressing violence from perspectives rooted in cultural teachings. ONWA is committed to supporting communities and hope to those on their healing journey, and invites all poets, storytellers, writers and spoken word artists to help raise awareness of the violence against Indigenous Women and Girls by participating in events across Ontario. Province wide submissions are considered for ONWA’s annual publication Strong Hands Stop Violence Poetry Book, which highlights poetry written by Indigenous women.

How to get involved

There are two ways to get involved:

  1. Register to participate in ONWA's 5th Annual Poetry Night

  2. Submit a poem (or other work) for ONWA's Strong Hands Stop Violence Poetry Book

Register to participate in Poetry Night:

Date: November 25, 2020

Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm

Where: ZOOM App

Featuring: Al Hunter, Dr. Duke Redbird, and Trivena Andy.

Participation open to residences of Ontario – women, men, and youth. 

Door prizes will be drawn during the event.

A “Strong Hands Stop Violence” Art Kit will be mailed to those who register.

Please be advised that the REGISTRATION DEADLINE is 11:59pm on November 24, 2020. This event is being held virtually via ZOOM.

Submit a poem (or other work):

Please be advised that the SUBMISSION DEADLINE is 11:59pm on December 31, 2020

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