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Honouring Indigenous Motherhood: Recognizing Leadership and Resilience in Indigenous Communities this Mother’s Day

Thunder Bay, ON – This Mother’s Day, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) reflects on the profound significance of the inherent leadership and resilience of our beloved mothers and caregivers.

Indigenous cultures recognize mothers and caregivers as the heartbeat of the family, the foundation of the community, and as the role models who lead us toward a better future for the generations to come. Indigenous mothers and their wisdom have always played a vital role in passing down cultural teachings, responsibilities, language and traditions ensuring the survival and health of their communities. When women are healthy, they raise healthy children, which builds healthy communities, and shapes healthy Nations.

“I would like to recognize and celebrate all the mother figures in our lives. The critical role of parenting and providing love and safety has been a collective responsibility of our communities for generations. I would also like to acknowledge all the women who continue to walk their healing journey to take up the sacred responsibility of caring for our future leaders.” Cora McGuire-Cyrette CEO ONWA.

This Mother’s Day we honour the strength, resilience, wisdom and leadership of Indigenous mothers and caregivers. We must amplify Indigenous women’s voices, uplift Indigenous women’s led solutions and work toward creating safer futures for Indigenous women and girls.

Our ancestors, children and families are all in our hearts today as we celebrate and recognize mothers and caregivers who are with us today and those who have passed onto the spirit world.

On behalf of ONWA, Happy Mother’s Day.

For more information and Media Inquiries:

Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) Email:


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