Updated: Jan 20
Thunder Bay, ON - On November 25th, the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) will be hosting its 6th Annual Poetry Night, created to raise awareness about violence against women.
Poetry Night coincides with the first day of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, United Nations #orangetheworld campaign. The campaign ends on December 10th, Human Rights Day, emphasising that violence against women is the most pervasive breach of human rights worldwide.
Poetry Night provides Indigenous women and their families a chance to gather and celebrate their shared strength and resiliency through sharing poetry, art, spoken word and music from both emerging and established poets and musicians. This year, ONWA honours the voice and legacy of Lee Maracle with feature poet Al Hunter, and musical performances by Keith Secola, Jamie Labrador and Jasmine McGuire.
Please join us from 7:00 to 9:00 PM (Eastern Time) on November 25th to help us raise awareness of the violence against Indigenous women. ONWA is offering this event to everyone virtually through the Zoom platform. Door prizes will be drawn during the live event and a 5-year anniversary collective poetry book mailed to all registered participants.
Inspiring poets are encouraged to provide poetry submissions to be considered for ONWA’S annual publication Strong Hands Stop Violence which highlights poetry written by Indigenous women.
To learn more, to submit poetry or to register for the event visit: onwa.ca/strong-hands-stop-violence
For more information:
Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager
Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)