Thunder Bay, ON – The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is deeply saddened by the passing of Brenda Jackson, Zhoonya Penasii Kwe (Shining Thunderbird Woman) of the Giibwaano-sil Dodem (Redtail Hawk Clan) and member of G-Chimnissing (Beausoleil First Nation). On July 31, 2022, Brenda left behind a legacy of her life, gifts, and work for generations to come as she journeyed to the Spirit World.
Brenda will be fondly remembered for her ability as a leader to influence people from all walks of life and to empower Indigenous women throughout the province, especially in the Georgian Bay and Barrie area.
Despite facing many challenges, Brenda (on behalf of the Georgian Bay Native Women’s Association) remained steadfast in her endeavours to create housing for Indigenous women in her community. Over the past several years, the fruits of her labour and dedication have resulted in the construction of eight new two-bedroom units for Indigenous women escaping violence and experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Most recently, Brenda had successfully secured funding to acquire an affordable supportive housing unit and for the construction of a duplex that will be transitional supportive housing.
ONWA worked with Brenda over the past several years to support the funding process to ensure that each project came to fruition, and to showcase what strong Indigenous women can accomplish when they never give up. ONWA knows that Brenda’s efforts to provide safe housing for Indigenous women and their families will have long-lasting positive effects and inspire many generations to come.
ONWA will forever remember Brenda Jackson, Zhoonya Penasii Kwe (Shining Thunderbird Woman) for her kindness, generosity, and infectious smile.
For more information:
Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager
Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)