June 21, 2020
Members will help address issues of violence affecting their communities
Toronto — Today, the Ontario government announced members of the new Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council. The Council includes First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and LGBTQ2S leaders on violence prevention who will provide input on issues impacting their communities such as human trafficking and child, youth and family well-being. Today’s announcement is being made on National Indigenous Peoples Day.
“For culturally relevant and effective changes to occur in Ontario, Indigenous women must lead the development of our policies so we can truly support their communities,” said Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues. “The Council will be key to ensuring Indigenous women’s voices guide Ontario’s priorities on a range of critical issues.”
The Council will be co-chaired by Cora-lee McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director of the Ontario Native Women’s Association. The other co-chair will be selected at the Council’s first meeting in early July 2020.
Other members of the Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council include:
- Sylvia Maracle, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
- Sandra Montour, Six Nations of the Grand River
- Lyndia Jones, Independent First Nations
- Jennifer St. Germain, Métis Nation of Ontario
- Teresa Sutherland, Nishnawbe Aski Nation
- Amanda Kilabuk, Tungasuvvingat Inuit
- Marina Plain, Union of Ontario Indians/Anishinabek Nation
- Tracy Antone, Chiefs of Ontario
“I’m honoured to accept this position and work with our Indigenous partners and the Ontario government. It will take everyone working together to address issues of gender-based violence and systemic racism,” said Cora-lee McGuire-Cyrette, Council Co- Chair and Executive Director of the Ontario Native Women’s Association. “I want to thank Associate Minister Jill Dunlop for this opportunity and her leadership in making this space possible. The Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council is building on the foundational work the province has been leading and the work of the Council is critical to ensuring the issues Indigenous Women face daily will be a priority.”
“I’m pleased Cora-lee McGuire-Cyrette has agreed to provide her leadership and expertise and I look forward to hearing the voices of these incredible individuals on how we can work together to prevent violence in all its forms,” said Minister Dunlop.
“Indigenous women, communities and organizations have been working tirelessly to address violence against Indigenous women, and the knowledge and expertise of the Council will be instrumental in ensuring our province’s continued response is effective and collaborative,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs.
- Indigenous women in Canada between the ages of 15-24 are more than three times likely to experience violence than non-Indigenous women.
- Indigenous women in Canada are two-and-a-half times more likely to experience spousal violence.
- Currently, there is no dedicated provincial forum for Indigenous women and LGBTQ2S leaders and experts to engage on violence prevention issues.
Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
MORE ABOUT: Coralee McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director at Ontario Native Women’s Association
I am proud of the work we do on behalf of Indigenous Women and families in Ontario. My knowledge has grown over the years as have my life experiences and personal growth leading this extraordinary organization.
My undergraduate degree in Bachelor of the Arts, with a double major concentration in Indigenous Learning and Sociology from Lakehead University has supported my passion for creating safe spaces for Indigenous women and families in our communities. Bringing forward the original teachings keeps me grounded in our culture and is a driving force in my work
As lead Manager of the Summit to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women, the foundation of the Strategic Framework to Ending Violence Against Aboriginal Women in Ontario, to addressing human trafficking of Indigenous women and girls while creating strategies for the elimination of human trafficking, my role as ED keeps me front and centre of the issues affecting Indigenous women and families in Ontario.
I have participated at numerous provincial and National tables to create policy change, address systemic discrimination and advocating for gender equality and equity. This includes participating at the National Roundtable for Missing & Murdered Indigenous women, National Indigenous Women’s Summit, Provincial Summit on Sexual Violence and Harassment, Joint Working Group on Violence Against Indigenous Women, Indigenous Human Trafficking Committee, Urban Indigenous Policy Engagement Table, Indigenous Housing Strategy, Special Priority Policy Table, Ontario Indigenous Housing Support Services Board of Directors and the Urban Indigenous Health Table.
These are some of the areas that I have successfully championed through a culturally relevant gender based analysis.
I am confident that our website will open a window of understanding for you into the programs, services and work that ONWA is engaged in throughout the Province of Ontario throughout the year.