Diane Redsky is a nationally renowned visionary thinker and community leader who has long worked to address the myriad of issue’s facing Winnipeg’s urban Aboriginal community in all areas of health, justice, education and social services. Since 1993, she has served in both a professional and volunteer capacity working within the social services sector and has become a strong advocate for aboriginal, children’s and women’s issues. She has helped to create numerous innovative programs that have helped build healthy communities. She believes in a shared value and culturally appropriate approach and possesses clear vision to detail. Diane’s belief in the inherent strength of the community continues to guide her along her life’s journey:
“ I believe that everyone has gifts and strengths to share that will enable us to work together for healthy families and healthy communities.”
Diane has been instrumental in the development of resources for sexually exploited and trafficked girls including a safe house and rural healing lodge in Canada. In 2013-2014, she led the Canadian Women's Foundation National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada that concluded 34 recommendations to end sex trafficking in Canada. Diane has returned to the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre in Winnipeg to bring leadership and voice on Aboriginal issues.
She has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Order of Manitoba and presented to the United Nation Status of Women on violence against Aboriginal women in Canada.
"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."