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Ontario Indigenous Women’s Association Executive Director Cora McGuire-Cyrette delivered a keynote address and welcomed everyone to the annual Poetry Night.

By Leslie Knibbs

THUNDER BAY — The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) hosted the seventh annual Poetry Night at the Chanterelle Inn on the Park in Thunder Bay on November 25. The event was held in person and offered a virtual option via Zoom.

Poetry Night was held in honor of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. The 25th is the first day of 16 days of activism against gender violence that ends on December 10, United Nations Human Rights Day. . Through ONWA’s project Strong Hands to Stop the Violence, ONWA is an enthusiastic supporter of this international campaign.

Colin Graham, a member of the Ochiicagwe’ Babigo’Ining Ojibway Nation, served as MC for the two-hour event featuring speakers, poets and performers. Graham currently works at ONWA as a Community Development Manager. During the event, Graham, who is well known for using humor in his work, did not go out of his way. He sees humor as a pillar of resilience among indigenous communities and can be used as a means of healing.

Before the start of the event, Sara Kanutski (Sara Kae) performed two songs. Kanutski is an artist and member of the Red Rock Indian Band, born and raised in Thunder Bay. In addition to acting, she is an on-call reporter for the CBC, as…

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