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Celebrating Diversity and Unity: ONWA Honours Pride Month

Thunder Bay - The Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) proudly celebrates Pride Month throughout the month of June.

Pride Month is not only a time for celebration but also a moment for reflection on the progress made towards rights and equality, as well as the work that remains to be done. At ONWA, we recognize and honour the diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities within Indigenous cultures, including the sacred and respected role of Two-Spirit individuals.

This year, we are especially proud to honor the late Mona Hardy, whose life was driven by sharp humour and activism. As a proud trans-woman, Mona dedicated her life towards advocating for Indigenous women, the trans community, and Two-Spirit people’s rights. Her unwavering commitment to social justice and her infectious spirit ignited a fire in the hearts of those around her.

Throughout Pride Month, ONWA will be participating in a series of events and activities to celebrate the resilience and contributions of the Two-Spirit community.  Our aim to raise awareness, promote understanding, and foster solidarity within our communities.

“As we commemorate Pride Month, ONWA proudly recognizes and uplifts the voices and experiences of our Two-Spirit relatives. We honor the rich cultural heritage and resilience of Two-Spirit people within our communities and raise awareness of the intersectional racism and systemic barriers that they continue to face. Let us stand together, to celebrate the Two-Spirit community, and take action against discrimination and violence so that we not only strengthen our present but safeguard the future.”

Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO

We invite everyone to join us in celebrating Pride Month, honoring Mona Hardy, and standing in solidarity with the Two- Spirit community. Together, let us continue to work towards a future where everyone can live with dignity, respect, and love.

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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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