Today, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) celebrates International Youth Day. ONWA’s Youth Life Promotion program works with communities across the province to build capacity while empowering youth through education, mentorship, and cultural supports. This holistic approach develops confidence and skills, encouraging youth to take up their roles as leaders for future generations.
The theme for this year’s celebration is Intergenerational Solidarity, which celebrates and builds relationships across generations. ONWA acknowledges the importance of sharing and preserving cultural knowledge and practices, through connecting with and investing in our youth.
In this spirit, ONWA is hosting an event today in Thunder Bay for Indigenous youth (ages 12-25) to come together with Elders and Knowledge Keepers, Albert Hunter, Tina Armstrong, Audrey DeRoy and Aaron Tyance to build their bundles through sharing of generational cultural teachings, and to celebrate the youth as future leaders and Knowledge Keepers.
Although, registration is closed, ONWA hosts similar events and youth programming year-round in communities throughout the province.
Visit ONWA’s website to view the Program Calendar and find out what programs, events, and promotions ONWA is currently running: https://www.onwa.ca/events-promotions
For more information:
Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager
Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)