Moon Time Sisters fall donation drive is first since 2019

‘It’s just all about dignity and respect and letting others know that we support them.’

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Menstrual products can cost up to five times more for people living in northern Saskatchewan Indigenous communities than they do in larger cities.

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“It’s just all about dignity and respect and letting others know that we support them and we want the best for all of our community members across the province,” says Nicole White, leader of the Saskatchewan chapter of Moon Time Sisters.

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Throughout October, the organization is running donation drives in Saskatchewan and Ontario for menstrual products, including pads, tampons, menstrual cups and period underwear. Their goal is to collect 200,000 products between the two provinces.

This will be the group’s first donation drive since 2019, though White said she was still able to collect and donate needed products on her own during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said she’s excited to get back to holding donation drives.

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“The amazing part about the drive is that it’s this really beautiful community effort. We have these huge packing parties in Regina and Saskatoon … and that’s where the magic happens.”

White founded the Saskatchewan volunteer group in 2017, after reading about young people in northern Saskatchewan missing school because they lacked access to affordable menstrual products.

She initially planned a one-time collection of care packages to send to northern Saskatchewan. Its success led to continued support.

“It snowballed into the most magnificent thing,” she said. “We have since opened chapters in Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba and we send menstrual products up to almost every northern and remote area in Canada.”

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The only Indigenous-led period equity group in Canada, Moon Time Sisters organizes donation drives for more than 65 northern Indigenous communities. White said they work directly with the communities, identifying what they need and filling those requests.

“We work with community, not for community,” she said.

Moon Time Sisters recently became the flagship project of True North Aid, a larger charitable organization supporting northern Indigenous communities across Canada. White said this partnership allows the group to connect with like-minded projects. They’re also able to offer tax receipts for financial donations.

As a collective, Moon Time Sisters has sent close to two million products to schools, health care centres, midwives, food banks and community programs in more than 65 northern Indigenous communities across the country.

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White said she plans to continue to advocate for menstrual equity, normalizing conversations around menstruation and promoting the need for free products.

“Any time we can create that space to talk about menstruation and reduce the shame around this topic, everybody wins.”

There will be 15 public collection points for donated products in communities across the province throughout the month, including Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Debden, Wynyard and Shell Lake. In November, donations will be packaged up and shipped north.

Donation information is available at and the Moon Time Sisters Facebook group.

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