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ONWA Honours the Women that Hold our World Together

Thunder Bay, ON – On this International Women’s Day (March 8), Mother Earth truly is the tie that binds Indigenous women together throughout the world. We are all interconnected.

At a time when the world is in need of heroes, we ask who is the SHERO-kwe in your life? The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is celebrating the achievements of women, today and throughout Women's History month (March). We are calling on you to share your strong women stories about the women that have made a difference in your life, community, or nation.

“A shero is defined as a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities, a heroine. Originally, a shero could be any woman who was defined by another as a hero and the term first came to fruition in 1836 during the suffrage movement. Today we believe a shero can be everyday people who support diversity and have strong character and sense of self. They support, encourage, and push every woman to be better and are champions for gender equality. Anyone at any age and from any culture or background can be a shero.” (Definition source)

“-kwe” means woman in Ojibwe; if you identify as a woman, you are a “-kwe”.

Let’s honour the women that hold our world together and the space they have made way for us and the future leaders of tomorrow! Tell us about your SHERO-kwe and submit a photo/video to be entered into a draw to win a prize for both yourself and your SHERO-kwe at:

“We acknowledge the resiliency of Indigenous women who courageously continue to reclaim their voice, their spirit, and their leadership.” -Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director, ONWA

About the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)

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.

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For more information:

Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)



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