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ONWA Celebrates 51 Years Since Incorporation

Thunder Bay, ON – On November 17, 1971, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) was officially incorporated. Today, we celebrate 51 years of ONWA and the Indigenous women’s movement. ONWA is the oldest and largest Indigenous women’s agency in Canada.

At the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), we celebrate and honour the safety and healing of Indigenous women and girls as they take up their leadership roles in the family, community and internationally for generations to come.

Turning the issues that Indigenous women face into actionable change for our grandchildren’s grandchildren is the foundation of ONWA’s new Strategic Picture 2021-2031. “We call on Indigenous women across Ontario to take up their leadership role in the family and in the community.” – ONWA Board of Directors

The new Strategic Plan envisions ONWA’s work for the next 10 years. It is based on the wisdom, knowledge and courage of our membership and Indigenous women who continue to tell us their truth and their solutions to the issues they face. ONWA’s Strategic Plan is one small action of the larger systemic change that needs to happen for it to be safe to be an Indigenous woman. It provides guidance, vision, and purpose to the entire organization. “If we want sustainable change then we need to deconstruct the current systems and reconstruct Indigenous women’s leadership, their voices, their honour and empowerment.” Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director, ONWA

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For more information:

Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)


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