Moon Time Sisters was founded by Métis woman, Nicole Racette White, after she read a story about young students missing school due to lack of access to menstrual products. Nicole took immediate action and launched the inaugural chapter of Moon Time Sisters in Saskatchewan in January 2017.
MTS Manitoba Chapter is the fourth chapter to open and is led by Janessa Lee-Roy, a Métis woman from the province. MTS-MB partners with northern Indigenous communities in Manitoba and Nunavut to supply people who menstruate with free period products. We work with elementary and high schools, health care centres, women’s shelters, and community programs to ensure these products are accessible to the community as a whole.
All items are collected through personal, business, school, or organizational drives throughout the year where we take in all Moon Time related items such as pads, tampons, cloth pads, and menstrual cups. These items are sent to partner communities free of charge. All shipping costs are funded by our monetary donations. Because we are a fully volunteer-led organization, 100% of monetary donations are spent on product and shipping costs.
As a collective, MTS has sent close to 2 million period products to northern, remote Indigenous communities on Turtle Island.