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ONWA's Journey at the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

In a celebration of culture, resilience, and unity, the Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) is set to embark on a transformative journey to the stunning landscapes of British Columbia, Canada. The occasion? The highly anticipated Healing Our Spirit Worldwide conference, an event that serves as a beacon of hope and empowerment for Indigenous women around the globe.


Against the backdrop of the majestic Pacific Northwest, ONWA stands poised to not only represent the rich tapestry of Indigenous culture but also to engage in critical dialogues, share invaluable insights, and foster meaningful connections. With a vision deeply rooted in fostering healing, growth, and empowerment, this gathering promises to be an extraordinary opportunity for ONWA to collaborate with like-minded advocates, scholars, and community leaders, all dedicated to the advancement of Indigenous women's rights and well-being.


As we embark on this collective journey of healing and renewal, let us delve into the significance of ONWA's presence at the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide conference, exploring the profound impact it holds for the Indigenous communities it serves, both in Ontario and beyond. Join us on a virtual voyage, as we shine a spotlight on the voices and stories that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the world of Indigenous advocacy.


Highlights


 

Indigenous Youth Envisioning Change



In preparation for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide: The Ninth Gathering (#HOSW9) the Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) engaged with our Youth Directors about their perspective on leadership and change. Watch the video to hear is what they had to say!

 

Monday September 11 - Arrival




 

Tuesday September 12 - Building Connections



Join us as the Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) embarks on a transformative journey to the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference in breathtaking British Columbia, Canada. 🌿


🌍 This global gathering is a celebration of culture, resilience, and unity, bringing together Indigenous voices from around the world. ONWA is honored to represent and champion the rights of Indigenous women, fostering healing and empowerment.


📢 Together, let's amplify the voices of Indigenous communities and forge a path towards a brighter, more inclusive future.


 


Soaking up inspiration at the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference with our fellow Canadian leaders! 🇨🇦✨


Together, we're forging connections, sharing insights, and amplifying voices for positive change. Here's to a future filled with empowerment and unity! 🌍💪


 


🍁 Embracing the power of Canadian leadership at the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference! 🇨🇦🌟


ONWA’s delegates are honored to stand among these remarkable individuals, driving positive change and inspiring a brighter future. Together, we're working towards meaningful change! 💪🌍


 

Wednesday September 13 - Collaboration



Cora McGuire-Cyrette, CEO, ONWA with Tina Ortolan, Manager in Community Development, ONWA, are proud to introduce Mindimooyenh Health at the Healing Our Spirits Worldwide Conference!


ONWA’s presentation demonstrates how ONWA ONWA weaves culture into our clinic, guided by the Two-Eyed seeing approach.


Discover more about the incredible work of the Ontario Native Women's Association and explore the wealth of health tools and resources available to you by visiting: https://www.onwa.ca/covid-19-resources


 


🌎At the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference, we're not just attendees; we're collaborators, weaving a tapestry of connections and celebrating diverse cultures from around the globe. Together, we forge bonds that strengthen our collective journey towards healing and empowerment. Let's continue to learn, grow, and thrive together! 🤝🌐


 

Thursday September 14 - Dialogues



At the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference, against the backdrop of the majestic Pacific Northwest, ONWA stands poised to not only represent the rich tapestry of Indigenous culture but also to engage in critical dialogues, share invaluable insights, and foster meaningful connections.


 

Friday September 15 - Healing



ONWA’s “Healing Medicine Turtle” encircles the values of Indigenous approaches to healing, nurturing, gathering strength, guidance, and perseverance. We are sharing our work and turtle teachings at the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.



ONWA’s is sharing teaching of the turtle (including this Turtle Song) as part of our “Healing Medicine Turtle” presentation at the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.


Gii di biig - Turtle Song

(Originated in Sabaskong by a man of the Turtle Clan)


O gii di biig, ba baa maash yaan (I fly over the waters)

Ba baa waa ban daa maan aki (I look over creation)

Mi ki nik, na, wii jii waa (I go with the turtle)

An do ne wak, A ni shi naa be (Searching for the Anishinaabe)


(Chant) ii yaa, ii yaa he, ii yaa, ii yaa hoo (x2)

(Repeat 1st verse and chant)


O gii di biig, ba baa maash yaan (I fly over the waters)

Ba baa waa ban daa maan aki (I look over creation)

Maa ni doo, na wii jii waa (I go with the Great Spirit)

Na nan da wii aat, A ni shi naa be (Healing his people - the Anishinaabe)


(Chant) ii yaa, ii yaa he, ii yaa, ii yaa hoo (x2)

(Repeat 2nd verse and chant)



By practicing our culture and weaving our traditional teachings into our lives, we are provided the guidance and strength needed to heal.


ONWA’s is discussing "Trauma-Informed Care Practice and Continuum" as part of our presentation at the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference.


 


The sound of the Tlingit Tribe (from Yukon) drumming is moving! ONWA is honoured to be celebrating diverse cultures at the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference 🌎 Let's continue to learn, grow, and thrive together! 🤝🌐


 

Tina Ortolan, ONWA, getting teachings from Māori women and was gifted with the item


🌍 This global gathering is a celebration of culture, resilience, and unity, bringing together Indigenous voices from around the world. Together, we're forging connections, sharing insights, and amplifying voices for positive change. Here's to a future filled with empowerment and unity! 🌍💪


 


We were thrilled to include a Youth Director in our HOSW9 delegation! Youth are the future leaders and Knowledge Keepers of our world. ONWA recognizes the importance of building capacity, empowering leadership, and investing in the generations to come.


 


ONWA knows that the wellness of the land is linked to the wellness of Indigenous women and their families, now and for future generations. Protecting Mother Earth is everyone’s responsibility.


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