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Honoring Indigenous Fatherhood: Celebrating Families, Valuing Traditions

Thunder Bay, ON – As we celebrate Father's Day, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) recognizes the important roles of Indigenous fathers within our communities and their vital role in strengthening families and cultural traditions.

Since time immemorial, Indigenous communities have held deep reverence for the role of fathers as providers, protectors, and spiritual guides. The devastating impacts of colonization, including forced assimilation, residential schools, and systemic marginalization, have disrupted the very foundations of Indigenous family structures. Recognizing the unique contributions of Indigenous fathers is essential for healing intergenerational trauma and rebuilding resilient communities

Across families, communities, and nations, fathers are relearning their responsibilities and sharing their inherent strengths to create balance and safety for all our relations. In their roles as fathers, Indigenous men are healing and helping future generations find the tools they need to walk a good path by understanding our traditional ways of knowing, doing, and being.

Together, we can work toward a future where Indigenous families are fully empowered to reclaim their heritage, honour their ancestors, and continue to build a brighter tomorrow.  This Father’s Day, ONWA celebrates fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, nephews, and cousins who share their strength, patience, resilience, and love through commitment and care for their families and communities.


For more information and media inquiries, contact: 

Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)


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