"At the Ontario Native Women’s Association we will support women to take up their leadership roles in the family and in the community."

ONWA will support women’s leadership. To do that we have to ensure that our voices are heard. And we have to start by listening to each other first.

  • To reclaim our voices we must have knowledge.  Much of the knowledge we need to be strong leaders is rooted in the cultural teachings.
  • To hear our own voices we must silence our pain and trauma and find a place for it in our lives that does not hurt us.
  • Our self-esteem needs to be reclaimed.

So when we speak we will have a grounded, balanced, strong, kind voice.

To achieve our leadership roles we have to break the cycle of abuse that is part of our families and communities.  To do that we will, through all of our actions and words, not carry forward the abuse.

We will speak the truth because we will know what the truth is. We will be forgiving and move forward after our truth has been shared.  We will not use the colonization behaviours we have learned to hurt others. We will believe in our truth and respect it.

We will expect board members and our Executive Director to reflect this vision of behaviour. When they do not behave in this way we will gently ask them to realign their behaviour.

We will be focused in our work and not exhaust the staff or board. We recognize that any issue we chose to work on, with focused resolve, will support women to move forward in all issues, because all issues are interconnected.

In being leaders in our families our focus must be on the children:

  • We take up our role for the children and address the child welfare system. We will build a child welfare system that is transformed and recognizes that the shattered, hurt parent needs love, care and attention, just as her children do. We will create new ways of healing families that are based on the cultural teachings. We help each woman change her life for the better.
  • We take up our role for the youth and deal with the youth suicide. We will be good teachers and guides for our youth and make space for them in our work.

We will trust in ourselves and in each other that we can realize this vision. We will love and care for each other.

ONWA Chapters: (Incorporated Membership)

Cochrane: Mamowedow Local
Hamilton: Hamilton-Wentworth Chapter of Native Women
Hamilton: Métis Women’s Circle
Kenora: Kenora Anishinawbekweg
Kirkland Lake: Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group
Lakefield: Lovesick Lake Native Women’s Association
Midland: Georgian Bay Native Women’s Association
Niagara: Niagara Chapter of Native Women
Orillia: Orillia Native Womens
Sioux Lookout: Sunset Women’s Aboriginal Circle
Toronto: Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto
Thunder Bay: Beendigen Inc.
Thunder Bay: Biidaajiwun Incorporated

ONWA Councils (Grassroots Membership):

Aroland – Aroland Anishnabequek
Baltimore – Aboriginal Women On-Line
Barrie: Pugook Mooka’am
Biinjitiwaabek Zaaging Anishinaabek/Rocky Bay – Rocky Bay Anishnabequek
Blind River: Blind River Anishabek Women
Cochrane: Taykwa Tagamou Nation
Constance Lake – Constance Lake Oji-Cree Anishnabequek
Dryden – Mindemoyag Women’s Group Inc.
Fort William First Nation – Fort William Ojibway Nation Anishinabequek Inc.
Garden River – Anishinaabekwek of the North Shore
Garden River – Anishnaawbek Nokomisc
Geraldton – Kateri Ikwe Group
Ginoogaming First Nation – Ginoogaming First Nation Local
Grassy Narrows – Grassy Narrows Women’s Group
Heron Bay – Biigtigong Nishnaabek
Heron Bay – Pic Kootshiqua
Kapuskasing – Kapuskasing Native Women’s Group
Kingston: Kingston Thunder Women’s Group
Little Current – Waibejawong Anishnabequek
London – Deshkan Ziibi
Longlac – Longlac Anishnawbequay
MacDiarmid – MacDiarmid Anishnabequek
Manitowaning – Wikwemikong Anishinawbekwek
Marathon – Red Thunder Women – Marathon Chapter
Moosonee – Moosonee Native Women’s Association
Newmarket – Newmarket & Area Native Women’s Group
Niagara – Indigenous Women of Niagara
Nipigon – North Shore Ikwawag
Sault Ste. Marie – Anishnawbe Kew Association
Sault Ste. Marie – Bawating Anishnabekwewok
Sault Ste. Marie – Northern Superior Native Women’s Association
Sault Ste. Marie – Rainbow Women
Shannonville – Tyendinaga Native Women’s Association
St. Catherines – Thorold Chapter of Native Women
Sudbury – All Our Relations
Sudbury – Sudbury Native Women’s Association
Thunder Bay – Circle of Anishinabeque
Thunder Bay – Jiiwitagan-Ni-Queck
Thunder Bay – Thunder Bay Anishnabequek
Thunder Bay – Waawiiya Biimadziiwin
Timmins – Timmins Anishnabequek
Wawa – All our relations

These are all the Ontario Chapters of ONWA located on an easy to use interactive map.  Feel free to zoom in and out and move the map to your location to find out whether a chapter exists in your community.