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ONWA Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

Thunder Bay, ON – On this National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) recognizes the inherent leadership of Indigenous women. Recognizing, reclaiming, restoring, and reconciling Indigenous women’s shared experiences, challenges and successes continues to be reflected in the ongoing work of ONWA. Today, ONWA is celebrating these achievements with the release of Breaking Free – The Story of ONWA documentary and 6th edition of She Is Wise magazine.

Last year, in honour of the organization’s 50th anniversary, ONWA produced the Breaking Free – The Story of ONWA documentary celebrating their incredible 50-year journey. This powerful story of Indigenous women’s leadership shines a spotlight on the history of ONWA and its ground-breaking work to ensure the safety of Indigenous women.

This evening, TVO will be broadcasting the documentary at 7:00 pm and 2:00 am EST, proudly sharing ONWA’s story with all Ontarians.

Today, is the release of the latest edition of the official publication of the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)’s She Is Wise magazine. The focus of this edition is child welfare, justice, health, housing, and homelessness. A few of the featured stories include:

  • Cover story: Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Gitxsan First Nation activist for child welfare, is committed to making sure Canadians don’t look away from injustices toward Indigenous children.

  • Mohawk Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller, mother of three, is passing down a message of self-care as part of her healing journey.

  • Three generations of women discuss passing on the torch of Indigenous motherhood.

  • Indigenous writers are shaping their own stories, reclaiming and sharing them with the world.

ONWA invites you to visit to read online or subscribe for a copy of She Is Wise magazine, and tune in to watch Breaking Free – The Story of ONWA documentary tonight at 7:00 pm or 2:00 am EST on TVO.

On this National Indigenous Peoples Day, ONWA extends a Miigwetch / Kinahnaskomihtin / Nakurmīk / Marsee / Niá:wen / Merci / Thank you for embracing the rich diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and for recognizing the leadership of Indigenous women.

For more information:

Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager, ONWA


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