MOON VOICES: Winnipeg group offers helping hand to Indigenous women

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Over the years that Shannon Hoskie has worked with Manitoba Moon Voices, she has seen the organization offer that helping hand that has led many Indigenous women to make positive changes in their lives, and go on to find success.

“Sometimes all we need is someone to say ‘yeah you can do it, and I believe in you,’” Manitoba Moon Voices executive director Shannon Hoskie said.

“All Indigenous women have tons of potential, and sometimes it’s just letting them know that we are here, we hear you, and we are here to support you, and just doing that can make such a big difference.”

The Winnipeg-based Manitoba Moon Voices Inc. (MMVI) is The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s Provincial Territorial Member Associate, and the organization represents the interests of Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people of Manitoba.

Hoskie said the organization initially started out as a pilot program called Aboriginal Women Reclaiming Our Power, but she said when the original program ended they found that people wanted to continue.

That program evolved into what is now MMVI, an organization whose mission is “building strong connections among Indigenous women, to support and empower each other.”

Hoskie said MMVI does what they do by offering a membership-based organization where Indigenous women find support through a community of their fellow women.

“It goes back to that idea of sisterhood,” Hoskie said. “You know the women that are in the program, and you build a bond, and a lot of them are still very, very closely connected today.

“They form that sisterhood and that bond, and within Indigenous communities we honour our families, so when you become close friends with an Indigenous sister she becomes family, she becomes a sister and an auntie to our kids.