Nominated by: Willow Place Inc.
Diane Redsky is a First Nation’s woman who has long worked to address the myriad of issues facing Winnipeg’s 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 Indigenous children’s and women’s issues. Through her leadership in several Indigenous led community-based organizations, she has helped to create numerous innovative programs 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 and ending sex trafficking. Diane is currently the Executive Director of the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata (Ma Mawi) Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Ma Mawi translated from Ojibway means, ‘we all work together to help one another’ 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 has been acknowledged: Order of Manitoba, YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Leadership and Innovator/Visionary Award by Joy Smith Foundation and Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case and Senate of Canada Medal.