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ONWA Celebrates Indigenous Women’s Leadership in their Family, Community and Nation

Thunder Bay, ON – This Mother’s Day, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) celebrates and honours Indigenous women’s strength and resiliency as they continue to take up their roles and responsibilities in their families and communities. Indigenous mothers are the leaders we need as they are committed to making a better world for their children’s children. They are committed to making the world safer for everyone. Indigenous mothers are the backbone of their families and their communities.

“The future of our nation rests in the arms of these women and it is for that reason that they have earned our respect, admiration and love. Their hearts are strong and therefore so too are our people.” D.Memee Lavell-Harvard and Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell, Until Our Hearts are on the Ground, Aboriginal Mothering, Oppression, Resistance and Rebirth

Our Mothers are our traditional path to mental health, providing the comfort and love that we need. We are all our mother’s children in search of the reassurance that all will be good, and we will come through the challenges placed before us. For many, the drum represents the universal heartbeat of Mother Earth. The rhythm of the drum helps the healing and realignment of our mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical health.

Today, in honour of Mother’s Day, we invite you to join us to honour our mothers by Honouring the Heartbeat of the Drum and the Good Life “Mino Bimaadiziwin” with a virtual Drum Circle featuring Todd Genno followed with a Closing Prayer by Al Hunter, Elder/Traditional Healer. Watch ONWA’s final Mental Health Week Virtual Gathering live today at 2:00 PM EST on ONWA’s Facebook or register now to participate in the ZOOM.

During this pandemic, our lives may be virtual, but through the power of love, kindness and healing we can stay connected and care for one another as we have been taught to do so by the women who have carried us in this world, our mothers.

For more information:

Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)


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