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ONWA celebrates International Women’s Day at Home and Abroad

Thunder Bay, ON – March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women across Turtle Island and globally. This day is a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

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. “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

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.

Today, and everyday ONWA works to:

  • RECLAIM Indigenous women’s role as matriarchs in their families and communities;

  • RESTORE Indigenous women’s identity and inherent rights beyond a jurisdictional approach;

  • RECONCILE relationships to ensure that Indigenous women have a right to safety regardless of location; and

  • RECOGNIZE that Indigenous women are the medicine needed to heal ourselves, families, and communities.

At ONWA, we celebrate and honour the safety and healing of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people as they take up their leadership roles in the family, community and internationally for generations to come.

Join ONWA for an evening of storytelling with Tina Armstrong as she shares stories and her teachings on the sacredness and roles of Indigenous women. Register for The Role of Women event at or watch live on ONWA’s Facebook from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST), March 8, 2023.

For more information and media inquiries, contact:

Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)


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