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Small Action, Big Impact on Mother Earth

Thunder Bay, ON – Earth is a lodge of life, and everything in it and on it must be treated as sacred. Today, Earth Day, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is taking small actions for big impact and collective change.

Our Elders teach us that the Earth is a gift given to us from the Creator; every small action against the compounding crisis of climate change is making an affect on Mother Earth. Every piece of plastic removed from the soil matters. Every drop of clean water in a lake makes a difference. Every healthy tree in the forest is a good influence. Every seemingly tiny effort adds up to a larger impact.

“This Earth Day we need to thank the Creator for the gifts of life that flow so freely from Mother Earth. All around us we see a destruction of our world that plays out, not only physically but in negative behaviors that are tearing at the very fabric of our lives. When we treat Mother Earth with love and respect, we move us all toward a better world.” – Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director, ONWA

ONWA’s Aboriginal Responsible Gambling Awareness Program is proud to honour Earth Day by inviting community members province-wide to participate in a community clean-up. ONWA has sent out cleaning kits to our Chapters and Councils across the province to encourage as many people as possible to participate. Join us in making a collective difference by going out into your neighbourhood to pick up debris and garbage and help reduce the harmful effects both have to the environment. Submit a photo and story from your clean up journey for a chance to win prizes. Learn more about this promotion or submit your entry at:

No initiative is too small when you have only one world to share.

"If we build a society based on honoring the earth, we build a society which is sustainable, and has the capacity to support all life forms." – Winona LaDuke

For more information:

Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)


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