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Diane Redsky

Diane Redsky
Community leader & activist

Diane Redsky is a proud mother of three children and a Kookum (grandmother).  

She is a First Nation member of Shoal Lake First Nation #40 in Treaty  #3 territory with German ancestry and has long worked to address the  myriad of issues facing Winnipeg’s urban Indigenous community in all  areas all areas of health, justice, education and social services. 

She has served in both a professional and volunteer capacity with local, national and international agencies and has become a strong advocate for urban Indigenous children’s and women’s issues. Through her leadership in several Indigenous led community-based organizations, she has helped to create numerous grassroots innovative programs rooted in Indigenous values that have helped build healthy communities through promoting the growth and development of the urban Indigenous community particularly the safety, protection and well-being of women and girls.

She spent most of her career leading the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre - the largest non-mandated, non-profit, urban Indigenous-led organization in Manitoba and is a community-based, community-led, Indigenous-driven family resource centre that is a leader in community-based care for Indigenous children, youth and families in Winnipeg. She was instrumental in increasing investments from 1997: $1.8-million and 1-location to 2022: $22-million and 18-locations and rooting these services through honouring Indigenous knowledge and values. 

2011-2015, Diane was Project Director for the National Task Force on Human Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada. This role led her to work with experts in Canada and abroad to address the  sexual exploitation/trafficking of Canadian women and girls. Together, we can give a voice to survivors, end this extreme form of violence against women and girls and stop this violation of human rights. This meaningful work resulted in National Task Force Report with 34 recommendations to end sex trafficking in Canada. 

In 2018, Diane testified at the MMIWG2S+ National Inquiry on the epidemic of sexual exploitation and  sex trafficking in Canada and brought with her Winnipeg Police Chief to present on promising  practices when police and community work in partnership to protect vulnerable women and girls.  Currently she is Chairperson of the MMIWG2S+ Urban Working Group that launched their National  Action Plan entitled: Urban Path to Reclaiming Power and Place, Regardless of Residency on June 3,  2021 and is currently working on an implementation plan. Dr. Diane Redsky is also part of the  Manitoba MMIWG2S+ Coalition made up of MMIWG2S+ family members, survivors and various  community-based organizations throughout Manitoba and is the Chair of the Indigenous Women’s  Circle that gives advice and direction to WAGE-Women and Gender Equality Department of the  Government of Canada. 

Dr. Diane Redsky has been acknowledged: Honourary Doctorate Degree in Law from the  University of Winnipeg, Order of Manitoba, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Queen’s Platinum  Jubilee Medal, Leadership and Innovator/Visionary Award by Joy Smith Foundation, Governor  General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case, Senate of Canada Medal, YMCA-YWCA  Women of Distinction Award, Rotary Paul Harris Award and 150 Manitoba Trailblazer Award from the  Nellie McClung Foundation. 

Diane’s belief in the inherent strength of the community continues to guide her along her life’s journey

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