Today, June 21st we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day and Father’s Day. The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) honours how the important role fathers, sons, uncles, grandfathers, nephews and cousins impact our culture, our families and our communities.
ONWA recognizes that with the COVID-19 crisis comes increased level of gender-based violence. Today, let’s honour and acknowledge the men in our lives who have or are striving to change the family legacy to one of strong Indigenous family values. A legacy that moves away from anger, abuse, and violence to one of reclamation of identity and traditional ways of being, despite the impacts of colonization and oppression.
Today, let’s honour the warriors who show other men what supporting Indigenous women looks like. Let’s celebrate the First Nation, Inuit and Métis role models who are teaching a life free from violence and teaching the little ones a new path. A path that connects to the land and ceremony and leads to thriving families and communities.
Love and understanding are gifts from the Creator. Kindness and forgiveness for our weaknesses helps us build the strength needed to thrive and grow as healthy families.
This National Indigenous Peoples Day and Father’s Day Indigenous women celebrate the fathers, sons, uncles, grandfathers, nephews and cousins in our lives with kindness, understanding and love.
For more information:
Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager
Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)