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Strong Hands Stop Violence

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Strong Hands Stop Violence project raises awareness of violence against women and girls. It includes an annual Poetry Night, an annual Poetry Book, and an ongoing collective Art Project.

The name Strong Hands Stop Violence comes from the collective Art Project. Participants of Poetry Night are invited to dip their hands in orange and blue paint and press on a canvas to signify standing together to eliminate violence against women and girls. 


Art as healing trauma is a strong foundation of the work ONWA does, addressing violence from perspectives rooted in cultural teachings. ONWA is committed to supporting communities and providing hope to those on their healing journey.
 

 
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Poetry Night

ANNUAL EVENT - NOVEMBER 25

Each year, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) hosts Poetry Nights across Ontario to raise awareness of violence against women in support of the United Nations International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women’s #orangetheworld campaign.​

 

Poets, storytellers, writers and spoken word artists are invited to help raise awareness of violence against Indigenous women and girls by participating in this virtual event. Poetry Night includes readings from both emerging and established poets, live musical performances, and a collective art project.

Poetry Night provides an opportunity to create a space where Indigenous women and families can gather and celebrate their shared strength and resiliency. Art as healing trauma is a strong foundation of the work ONWA does, addressing violence from perspectives rooted in cultural teachings. ONWA is committed to supporting communities and providing hope to those on their healing journey.

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Al Hunter reading at Poetry Night podium

2022

7TH ANNUAL POETRY NIGHT

FEATURING: Al Hunter, Mary Black, Sara Kanutski, and Susan Aglukark

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Friday, November 25, 2022

VIRTUALLY through Zoom OR IN-PERSON at The Chanterelle (206 Park Ave, Thunder Bay)*

 

In honour of UN International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, join us for featured readings from both emerging and established poets, and live musical performances to raise awareness of violence against Indigenous women.


Door prizes will be drawn during the event. Poetry Books will be mailed to participants who register by November 16. Activity Kits will be mailed the first 100 registrants.

 

*Limited space available at the in-person venue, registration will be checked at entry​.

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Submit your Poem(s)

FOR VOLUME 7 OF THE STRONG HANDS STOP VIOLENCE POETRY BOOK

Blueberries

Collective Mindfulness Poem
from Poetry Night 2018 - Thunder Bay

Blueberry

 

Close your eyes
Put a berry in your mouth
One word

Tattoo
Awaken
Explosive
Julilious
Sour
Sweet
Fresh
Bittersweet
Tart

Take a moment
Appreciate the little things
Even blueberries

 

Poetry Books

CHECK OUT ALL THE PREVIOUS VOLUMES

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2021

VOLUME 6

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2018

VOLUME 3

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2020

VOLUME 5

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2017

VOLUME 2

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2019

VOLUME 4

SHSV V1

2016

VOLUME 1

 

Collective Art Project

CHECK OUT THE ART

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2018

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2017

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2016

Antique Volumes