Special statement by Infinity Women Secretariat Spokeswoman Anita Campbell on International Women's Day

March 8, 2023

Winnipeg, MB, in the National Homeland of the Red River Métis - Today, Infinity Women Secretariat (IWS) joins the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), the National Government of the Red River Métis, in acknowledging and celebrating the equality of all women, while honouring the women of our Nation.

The Red River Métis are matriarchal people, and our Nation has always valued the contributions, teachings, and guidance of women. Red River Métis women are the backbone of our families and communities, and working together, they form the foundation of our Nation. From our Locals to our Cabinet, our women are leaders within our Red River Métis communities and government, building relationships and advocating for our Nation.

IWS is a proud affiliate of the MMF, regularly engaging with over 1,400 Red River Métis women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals. IWS helps our members to thrive, succeed, and lead by enhancing their social, cultural, economic, and political well-being. Ensuring our members are backed by a network of strong, proud Red River Métis women is a critical part of our efforts. Whether it's through workshops on leadership and governance, cultural activities such as our beading circles, consultations on gender-based violence, UNDRIP, Early Learning & Child Care, or enhanced engagement through our IWS Wellness Care Connection initiatives, there can be no doubt that our members benefit from the bonds they form with one another.

While our Nation stands strong and united in support of our women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals, we cannot ignore the ongoing plight of our sisters across the globe, who must continue to fight for survival, fight to be heard, and fight to secure access to education and employment.

Today, we stand in solidarity with all women. We extend our hands in sisterhood and friendship to all women, 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals and allies who are still working toward their own empowerment. We offer our prayers and thoughts to those who have lost loved ones to the epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirited People.

IWS is committed to ongoing efforts to further empower and embrace the equity of all women of our Red River Métis Nation. By working together to strengthen our women, we strengthen all women.



Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is the democratically elected National Government of the Red River Métis, also known as the Manitoba Métis, the origin and core of the historic Métis Nation. The Red River Métis are Canada's Negotiating Partners in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

For more information, media may contact:
Kat Patenaude
Media Relations Advisor
Manitoba Métis Federation


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