THUNDER BAY – Ontario Native Women’s Association Executive Director Cora-lee McGuire has a full plate. Between developing and maintaining programs and working to ensure that the voices of Indigenous women from across Ontario are heard, the group is also planning some exciting events that will happen in Thunder Bay.
There is a lot happening at ONWA this fall, as Cora shares with NNL reporter Amanda Perreault.
ONWA is hosting their Annual General Meeting on October 1st, there are opportunities for local sponsors, visit the ONWA website for more information.
Next, ONWA is hosting a Pow Wow on October 2nd at the Thunder Bay location on Ray Blvd. That event, weather permitting will be carried live on NetNewsLedger Livestream.
ONWA is also currently developing an Indigenous Women’s curriculum series to increase knowledge of their historical roles to help aid Indigenous women on their journey towards reconciliation as community leaders and caregivers.
McGuire also points in this interview to how to effectively deal with issues in Thunder Bay including racism, and how often there are difficulties in how such sensitive topics are raised in our community.
ONWA is working toward the Truth and Reconciliation efforts as well as making sure the voices of Indigenous women are heard during the upcoming National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous women.