Guiding Principles - Code of Honour
Members are a part of a circle, with strengths, knowledge and expertise from varied perspectives and experiences. The work we do, the issues we are facing, the trauma we all continue to carry is ever present and impacting. To ensure we collectively move forward in a good way, we look to the seven teachings as our main guiding principles of action.
• If we truly wish to address violence, we must commit to our own healing path respecting first ourselves to ensure we also respect those surrounding and within our Circle
• Respecting ourselves individually as well as collectively as a larger Circle and community will help reduce lateral violence and model transformative and healing open dialogue and communication and actions that will support positive growth and development.
• All members must commit to the respectful acknowledgement that all people entering Manitoba Moon Voices Inc. carries valued purpose, gifts and strength that all may learn and benefit from.
• We commit to utilizing an innovative consensus - making process that will bring to bear knowledge and expertise from varied perspectives.
• We commit to honestly knowing and speaking our intentions. We commit to ensure our intentions are not rooted in individual agendas but for the collective development and advancement of Manitoba Moon Voices Inc. and Indigenous women in Manitoba.
• Our work will not be easy. We must courageously commit to challenging our colonized ways of thinking and doing. We commit to collectively supporting each other to decolonize ourselves in all that we do within Manitoba Moon Voices Inc. and our circle.
• We do not walk alone on this journey and will seek and incorporate our ancestors and grandmother’s guidance.
• Our strength lies in our differences. For too long we have been oppressed and divided, this is not our way, but the way of our oppressors.
• We commit to honouring and valuing our differences and finding loving supportive ways to work together utilizing peoples strengths and gifts so we can become our strongest in creating change and transformation.
• If we are not lovingly empowering ourselves and the work we do, we are dis-empowering and causing more harm.
• Indigenous women’s voices have long been silenced. We commit to bringing the truth forward with our stories, experiences and reclamation of our voice, not as one over another, but collectively and inclusively.
• We commit to honouring our truth as Indigenous women, families, and Nations.
• In all we do, we commit to modeling and acting with humility and integrity that honours the dignity and value in ourselves and each other.
• The work of Manitoba Moon Voices Inc. is guided by the value of reciprocity, knowing that balance can only be achieved if we equally contribute for the benefit of all.
• All Manitoba Moon Voices Inc. members carry wisdom to contribute to our work. The greatest wisdom leading our journey is the teachings of our ancestors, the ways of our culture, and the power of our ceremonies.
• We commit to ensuring our work is grounded in the wisdom of our culture, customs and ceremonies – while being open to and honouring the different ways of the peoples.
Manitoba Moon Voices Inc is the PTMA of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) representing the interests of Indigenous Women in Manitoba
Manitoba Moon Voices Inc. (MMVI) is NWAC's Provincial andTerritorial Member Associate (PTMA) representing the interests of Indigenous women in Manitoba. What initially began 2011 as a pilot project called “Aboriginal Women Reclaiming Our Power” hosted by Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc, has evolved to become an independent non-profit incorporated organization; managed, directed and operated by graduates of the original project. The transition from a funded project to the evolution of an independent non-profit organization models leadership in action and is a practice of reclamation of power on personal and collective levels.
Located in The Circle of Life Thunderbird House.
"While respecting the diverse paths of self-determination of Indigenous women, MMVI is building strong connections among Indigenous women, their communities, organizations and allies across Manitoba to support our collaborative voice an