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ONWA Welcomes Provincial Government Announcement on Gender Based Violence

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) is pleased to acknowledge the commitment of the Ontario government to ending violence against women. Today's announcement, of a new investment of $18.7M to address gender-based violence, with a focus on prevention, highlights the province's dedication to addressing the unique needs of Indigenous women and girls, contributing to the overall well-being of our communities.


The new investment is part of Ontario’s $162 million agreement with the federal government through the National Action Plan to end Gender-Based Violence (GBV). The new GBV Strategy demonstrates an understanding of the challenges faced by Indigenous women, and all women across the province. ONWA is optimistic about the positive impact and potential this Strategy will have on the safety and prosperity of our communities.


"I would like to congratulation Minister Parsa, Minister Williams, and the Ontario government on their commitment to ending violence against Indigenous women," stated Cora McGuire-Cyrette, CEO of ONWA. "As the oldest and largest Indigenous women’s organization in Canada, ONWA has been working for over 50 years to empower, support, and end violence against Indigenous women.”


ONWA looks forward to working in partnership with the government and other stakeholders to ensure the effective implementation of this new Strategy, creating lasting benefits for Indigenous women and their communities.


Learn more about the Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA): https://www.onwa.ca/about


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For more information and media inquiries, contact:

Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)

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