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2014-02-03 at 16:28

‘It's an honour’

Erin Corston was named the new executive director of the Ontario Native Women
Jodi Lundmark,
Erin Corston was named the new executive director of the Ontario Native Women's Association.
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By Jodi Lundmark,

Taking the reins of the Ontario Native Women's Association is like coming home for Erin Corston.

Originally from Chapleau First Nation, Corston was named the new executive director of ONWA, filling the void left by Betty Kennedy, who will be heading the Ontario Native Women's Charitable Foundation.

"It's an honour," said Corston of her new role Monday afternoon. "I'm very excited and anxious to get going."

Corston was recently the health and environment director for the Native Women's Association of Canada in Ottawa and said her first week on the job in Thunder Bay will be all about learning.

"Sit back and see what's working at the organization and what's not working and where I can kind of fill the gaps and the needs for the organization itself but also for the women in Ontario," she said.

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ONWA's role is to raise the profile of Aboriginal women's issues and to support them in their life goals, including education and employment pursuits, and help them deal with issues of violence and mental health.

She added that Aboriginal women deal with a disproportionate level of violence and poverty.

"The work we do with women in our service delivery is looking at using their voices to develop policy and policy direction," said Corston.

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caesarjbasquitti says:
This community needs a positive, objective, critical plan in addressing the many causes of not only violence but the abuse of people in this community beginning with a spectrum of causes, from addictions to prescription drugs, mental illness, and beyond the current 'boxes' to include systemic abuses of people, with an honest concern for people, that includes children, boys and girls, women, men, the elderly, the sick and the dying.

Let us move beyond the political half-truths of yesterday to the many, many complex truths that affect us all, sooner or later.

This is a critical foundation to this community, and to all people.
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