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ONWA at UNCSW67

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

Cora McGuire-Cyrette member of CND Delegation for 67th Session, UN Commission on the Status of Women


Watch the UNCSW67 Live (March 8)


Inter-NATION-al Panel at the UNCSW67

March 8

ONWA is part of of the 67th CSW of the United Nations "Briefing on MMIWG" press conference. The Inter-NATION-al  panel  is united in ending violence against #Indigenous women and gender-diverse people.


Left to right (in thumbnail):  Chief RoseAnne Archibald, National Chief, Nahanni Fontaine, NDP, Manitoba Legislative Assembly, Senator Michelle Odette, Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director, ONWA, Baily Oster, Metis National Representative.

Highlights from at UNCSW67

Cora McGuire-Cyrette (ONWA, Executive Director)

Cora McGuire-Cyrette (ONWA, Executive Director)

ONWA celebrates and honours the safety and healing of Indigenous Women and Girls as they are empowered to take up their leadership roles for generations to come.


We stand in unity with women and girls around the world.


United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) calls for educational reforms to ensure Indigenous peoples are accepted as equals in all fields, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math)


Right to left: Cora McGuire-Cyrette (ONWA, Executive Director), AFT National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, Jenna Sudds (WAGE)
Left to right: The Honourable Laura Ross, Cora McGuire-Cyrette (ONWA, Executive Director)
Left to right: Cora McGuire-Cyrette (ONWA, Executive Director), Erin Whitmore (Ending Violence Association of Canada, Executive Director)
Left to right: Yusra Qadir (Mothers Matter Centre, Director), Cora McGuire-Cyrette (ONWA, Executive Director), Rachel Radyk (Young Diplomats of Canada)

When Indigenous women are empowered to have opportunities for success, there is no limit to what they can achieve.



Cora McGuire-Cyrette (Executive Director, ONWA)

Cora McGuire-Cyrette (ONWA, Executive Director)

As a member of the Canadian delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women CSW67, ONWA’s Executive Director Cora McGuire-Cyrette is working to amplify the voices of Indigenous women and build partnerships across borders.


Cora McGuire-Cyrette (ONWA, Executive Director)

“I urge everyone to think about how you can change the outcomes for Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people around the world so that safety is not a privilege, it is a basic and fundamental right that every woman deserves.” – Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director, ONWA


Left to Right: Cora McGuire-Cyrette (ONWA, Executive Director), Damineh Akhavan (WWEST), Raine Liliefeldt (YWCA Canada)

On this International Women's Day, ONWA celebrates the importance of Indigenous women throughout the world and is committed to Indigenous women’s safety. Indigenous women’s safety must always be a priority and Indigenous women’s organizations are stronger together.



Left to Right: Ingrid Green (Director of Research, ONWA), Nahanni Fontaine (NDP, Manitoba Legislative Assembly)
Left to Right: Lisa Smith (NWAC), Cora McGuire-Cyrette (Executive Director, ONWA), Chief RoseAnne Archibald (National Chief), Nahanni Fontaine (NDP, Manitoba Legislative Assembly)

International Women's Day is a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.





Cora McGuire-Cyrette (ONWA, Executive Director)

ONWA's focus is to ensure that the voices of Indigenous women are represented at international forums like the UNCSW67 to keep Indigenous women safe.



Left to Right: Senator Sharon Burey, Cora McGuire-Cyrette (Executive Director, ONWA)

Improved access to technologies and innovative approaches is critical for improving Indigenous women’s safety and meaningful inclusion. When Indigenous women are empowered there is no limit to what they can achieve.



WaterlooChronicle.ca OPINION: by Cora McGuire-Cyrette



The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth (on the TV)

The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, speaking to Indigenous lead approaches and amplifying Indigenous women’s voices at UNCSW67


Left to Right: Ingrid Green (Director of Research, ONWA), Cora McGuire-Cyrette (Executive Director, ONWA), Olga Ortiz De Henrichsen (Chairman of the Board, United Aliens Artists Foundation), Meena Deol (Strategy & Communications, ONWA)
Left to Right: Cora McGuire-Cyrette (Executive Director, ONWA), Olga Ortiz De Henrichsen (Chairman of the Board, United Aliens Artists Foundation)

Indigenous women and girls face an increased risk for technology-facilitated gender-based violence. Improved access to connectivity is critical for improving safety and meaningful inclusion. 


Cora McGuire-Cyrette (ONWA, Executive Director) standing by Only One Earth sign

Our Elders teach us that the Earth is a gift given to us from the Creator. Earth is a lodge of life, and everything in it and on it must be treated as sacred. #Only1Earth



Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ED, ONWA (left) with Ambassador Bob Rae, Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN (center) and his wife Arlene Perly Rae (right)
Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ED, ONWA with Ambassador Bob Rae, Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN and his wife Arlene Perly Rae

We need to include Indigenous women in political decision-making,. We all need to do this together. #genderEquality



The Sphere within Sphere sculpture was designed for the Vatican and is also displayed in Dublin, Tel Aviv, and the Italian Parliament. The form depicts the globe of Earth itself. This sculpture was designed by Arnaldo Pomodoro (1926 – ), a well-known Italian artist.
The Sphere within Sphere sculpture was designed for the Vatican and is also displayed in Dublin, Tel Aviv, and the Italian Parliament. The form depicts the globe of Earth itself. This sculpture was designed by Arnaldo Pomodoro (1926 – ), a well-known Italian artist.

Good morning women of the world! ONWA celebrates and honours the safety and healing of Indigenous Women and Girls as they take up their leadership roles for generations to come. We stand in unity with women and girls around the world.



Queen Mother Delois Blakely- American former nun, religious leader, pan-Africanist, writer, activist, humanitarian.
Queen Mother Delois Blakely- American former nun, religious leader, pan-Africanist, writer, activist, humanitarian.

Queen Mother Delois Blakely is an American former nun and current religious leader, pan-Africanist, writer, activist and humanitarian. Pictured here with Ingrid Green, Research Director, ONWA
Queen Mother Delois Blakely pictured here with Ingrid Green, Research Director, ONWA

Queen Mother Delois Blakely- American former nun, religious leader, pan-Africanist, writer, activist, humanitarian.



We can transform our world through the #GlobalGoals. Global problems demand global solutions. If we work together there is no problem that cannot be solved.
Blanket art from the United Nations.

We can transform our world through #GlobalGoals Global problems demand global solutions. If we work together there is no problem that cannot be solved.



Art installation at UN Headquarters depicting a Tree of global cooperation
Art installation at UN Headquarters depicting a Tree of global cooperation

Communities Empower Global Cooperation.



This replica Inukshuk was made of igneous rock, by artist Kellypalik Pishuktie, Iqaluit, NWT,Canada and dontated to the United Nations. (UN Gift ID: UNNY140G)
This replica Inukshuk was made of igneous rock, by artist Kellypalik Pishuktie, Iqaluit, NWT,Canada and dontated to the United Nations. (UN Gift ID: UNNY140G)

Inukshuk are created as a reference point for hunters and travelers to orient themselves and find their way in the Arctic Plains.


These stone sculptures silhouetted against the horizon historically have been used for navigation, welcoming and guiding travelers to good travel routes, signifying fishing and hunting grounds, and to mark food caches.


“Perhaps this sculpture is a symbol that will help all peoples and nations find their path to a peaceful future.” United Nations placard.



Meena Deol (Strategy, ONWA) with Odelle Pike (Elder, president of NL Aboriginal Women’s Network & People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship) & Ingrid Green, (Research Director, ONWA)
Meena Deol (Strategy, ONWA) with Odelle Pike (Elder, president of NL Aboriginal Women’s Network & People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship) & Ingrid Green, (Research Director, ONWA)

Indigenous women’s organizations are stronger together!


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Left to Right: Cora McGuire-Cyrette (Executive Director, ONWA), Nahanni Fontaine (NDP, Manitoba Legislative Assembly), June Oscar (AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner), Chief RoseAnne Archibald (National Chief), Senator Michelle Odette, Lisa Smith (NWAC), Baily Oster (Métis National Representative)

ONWA was honoured to have Executive Director, Cora McGuire-Cyrette attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW67) as a member of the Canadian Delegation.

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