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October 17, 2023
Kristen McKay, also known as Golden Eagle Woman, is from Pine Creek First Nation. She’s an advocate for Indigenous people and says it took a lot of healing for her to get where she is today.
Attending a program called Reclaiming Our Power And Place was a turning point for her.
“Once I (came) through the doors, the environment was very healthy. It was very safe. I felt almost just an immediate sense of belonging when I came,” explained McKay.
The program, run by Manitoba Moon Voices, is a 12-week program for women, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people that focuses on the 7 sacred teachings. McKay says spaces like these are essential to the community.
“As a Two-Spirit Cree-Ojibway woman, it’s something we seek for a lot of years in our life, is that inclusion. That collective of women sitting at a table together, supporting each other. Empowering each other. Inspiring one another,” said McKay.
McKay says her journey has come full circle. After being a participant in the program, she’s now Manitoba Moon Voices’ program coordinator, and running the next session of Reclaiming Our Power And Place.