ONWA

ONWA is growing! 

We are always looking for passionate and committed individuals who have a keen interest in advocating and supporting Indigenous Women. Join our team today!

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is a not for profit organization to empower and support all Indigenous women and their families in the province of Ontario through research, advocacy, policy development and programs that focus on local, regional and provincial activities. Our vision is to be a unified voice for equity, equality and justice for Indigenous women through cultural restoration within and across Nations.

Established in 1971, ONWA delivers culturally enriched programs and services to Indigenous women and their families regardless of their status or locality.  We are committed to providing services that strengthen communities and guarantee the preservation of Indigenous culture, identity, art, language and heritage. Ending violence against Indigenous women and their families and ensuring equal access to justice, education, health services, environmental stewardship and economic development, sit at the cornerstone of the organization. ONWA insists on social and cultural well–being for all Indigenous women and their families, so that all women, regardless of tribal heritage may live their best life.

Our Vision

At ONWA 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 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 out truth has been shared. We will not use the colonization behaviors 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 behavior. When they do not behave in this way we will gently ask them to realign their behavior. 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 realize this vision. We will love and care for each other.

Our Mandate

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is a not for profit organization that empowers and supports Indigenous women and their families in the province of Ontario.

ONWA encourages the participation of Indigenous women in the development of Federal, Provincial, Municipal/Local government policies that impact their lives and ensure issues affecting Indigenous women and their families are heard at key government tables.

ONWA is committed to providing services that strengthen communities and guarantees the preservation of Indigenous culture, identity, art, language and heritage. Ending violence against Indigenous women and their families and ensuring equal access to justice, education, health, environmental stewardship and economic development, sits at the cornerstone of the organization. ONWA insists on social and cultural well – being for all Indigenous women and their families, so that all women, regardless of tribal heritage may live their best lives.

Guiding Principles

ONWA’s guiding principles is that all Indigenous ancestry will be treated with dignity, respect and equality; benefits and services will be extended to all, no matter where one lives and regardless of Tribal heritage. ONWA’s vision is to be a unified voice for equity, equality and justice for Indigenous women through cultural restoration within and across Nations.

Careers at ONWA

ONWA is looking for passionate and committed individuals who have a keen interest in advocating and supporting Indigenous Women, combined with the necessary skills, experience and expertise needed to be successful in these roles. If you are interested please submit your cover letter and resume today! To check out current career opportunities at ONWA, please click this link.

Qualified Indigenous Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted. A job description is available upon request. We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Career Opportunities

Job Title Posted Date City
Indigenous Anti-Human Trafficking Liaison 2018-11-23 Thunder Bay
Indigenous Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator/Mental Health Worker/Youth In Transition Worker 2018-11-21 Thunder Bay/Greenstone/Sioux Lookout
Nihdawin Housing First Coordinator 2018-11-02 Thunder Bay
Gladue Writers 2018-07-23 Ottawa, Hamilton
Trauma Informed Workers 2018-07-23 Thunder Bay, Kenora, Sioux Lookout, Geraldton, Napanee, Timmins, Hamilton, Ottawa
Gladue Aftercare Workers 2018-07-23 Ottawa, Hamilton
Human Resources Assistant 2018-07-23 Thunder Bay
Community Development Manager 2018-07-23 Thunder Bay
Program Manager Of Services 2018-07-23 Thunder Bay, Ottawa
Crisis Response Worker 2018-07-23 Thunder Bay