March 2, 2008

"Native Women Chapter Welcomes Cynthia Lickers-Sage as Speaker"

"We're very pleased to announce that Cynthia Lickers-Sage will be the Guest Speaker for our 25th Anniversary Celebration on March 15th." states Susan Maracle, President of the Niagara Chapter-Native Women Inc., one of the oldest chapters in the Ont. Native Women's Association (O.N.W.A.)

Cynthia Lickers-Sage, a Mohawk artist from Six Nations is a leader in Native arts administration, and most recognized for founding the Centre for Aboriginal Media and its internationally-acclaimed imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. Ms. Lickers-Sage has extensive experience in arts administration, festival production, and passion for the cultural sector. She has spent most of the last decade working in, and for, the arts. Lickers-Sage recently served as the Producer for the Department of Canadian Heritage's TradeRoutes Event. She has also served on a variety of volunteer boards and arts service organizations, including Toronto Arts Council, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and Cultural Careers Council of Ontario. Ms. Lickers-Sage, currently mentors numerous Aboriginal Arts Organizations through The Canada Council for the Arts Flying Eagle program. From 1994 - 2003 she served as the Aboriginal Outreach Coordinator at V Tape, Canada's largest independent video distribution organization.

As a media artist, her work has been featured in shows in Canada and abroad, and she has curated numerous media art exhibitions. One such exhibit included an installation by Cynthia Lickers-Sage featured in REDz on Screen2. Her installation focused on the theme 'Aboriginal artists, is it the person within, or the colour of their skin'? shown at Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, B.C. 2007

The event will start at 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 32 Idylewylde St. Fort Erie

Tickets are: $20.00 ($10.00 for members) $5.00 for Seniors and Youth (12-15) Children 11 yrs. and under are free but must be registered. Order tickets at 905-871-8770 or

The evening will feature Ojibway Storyteller, Aaron Bell, "Gonrah Desgohwah" The White Pine Dancers, an Award Winning Dance Troupe. Also performing will be April Doxtator, a young contemporary/traditional dancer from the Oneida of the Thames. She will be performing solo from her work in progress-"generational roots". Rounding out the evening will be performances by local emerging native women's singing group Maajii Maadzi, whose Ojibway name means "starting, beginning, anew and to be alive" as well as the Youth Dance Troupe of the FENFC.

N.C.N.W. is a Not-For-Profit, Registered Charity that has addressed key issues that affect urban native women and families in Fort Erie and Greater Niagara Region. The chapter is owned and operated by urban aboriginal women and functions with a volunteer Board of Directors elected from the membership.

This Celebration is made possible with the support of the Ont. Arts Council.

For more information contact: Wendy Sturgeon- Executive Director 905-871-8770

June 1, 2007
For immediate release
Aboriginal Women's Organization Receives Vote of Confidence Thanks to $99,000 OTF Grant

Fort Erie - The Niagara Chapter-Native Women Inc. (NCNW) gets a helping hand thanks to a $99,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Michelle Sault-White, an OTF representative and Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin were on hand to celebrate the good news and present the group with a plaque.

Tim Hudak, MPP for Erie-Lincoln, was unable to attend the event and sent his best wishes. "Fort Erie's identity has been rooted in Aboriginal culture for centuries," said MPP Hudak. "The dedicated work of the Niagara Chapter of Native Women has helped to ensure those roots continue to grow and stretch into new territory. This grant will help to allow the organization to expand its own services to see those roots extend for future generations."

Funding from OTF could not have come at a better time. The three-year grant will help to stabilize the NCNW, by providing resources and skills to strengthen the organization's ability to offer programs and services to Native women in the Fort Erie area.

"We are very thankful and appreciative to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the confidence they have placed in us to stabilize ourselves and re-establish programs we had to cancel due to lack of funds," said President Susan Maracle. "The grant will enable us to engage in developing an annual Fundraising Campaign, which includes an Annual Public Festive Event on August 11, 2007, to enhance our fee-for- service school-age program and develop new, culture-specific programs for urban Aboriginal women in the area."

Niagara Chapter of Native Women was established in 1983 to promote and support the varied interests and needs of urban aboriginal women in the Fort Erie area. Over the years, they have donated nearly $100,000 to various organizations and institutions in the community, and close to $50,000 has been given to the Douglas Memorial Hospital, the Public Library and Leisureplex. In addition, the chapter has awarded more than $30,000 in post-secondary scholarship funds to aboriginal students pursuing higher education. The chapter currently operates a fully licensed after school program called School Outreach and Remedial (SOAR), conducts a weekly ceramics class at the local high school, hosts ongoing traditional bead and leatherwork classes, houses a reference library and provides information, references and advocacy as needed. For information, please contact Wendy Sturgeon at (905) 871-8770 or

The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, receives funds from the government's charity casino initiative. The Foundation allocates grants to eligible charitable and not-for-profit organizations in the arts and culture, environment, human and social services and sports and recreation sectors. For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact: Wendy Sturgeon, Executive Director, 905.871.8770  

L-R Susan Maracle, President NCNW and Michelle Sault-White, OTF Representative

May 30, 2007

Media Advisory

Ontario Trillium Foundation and
Niagara Chapter-Native Women Inc. (NCNW)

WHO Ontario Trillium Foundation representative Michelle Sault-White will join NCNW Board President, Susan Maracle and Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin

WHAT To make an important announcement.

WHERE Niagara Chapter-Native Women Inc.
1088 Garrison Rd., Hwy #3
Fort Erie

WHEN Friday, June 1, 2007 at 4:30 p.m.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, receives funds from the government's charity casino initiative. 

For more information, please contact:
Wendy Sturgeon
Executive Director
Niagara Chapter-Native Women Inc.


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