Moon Time Sisters distributes menstrual products to remote northern and fly-in Indigenous communities – Toronto Star

Nov. 14, 2021

When Tania Cameron was growing up in Winnipeg, her family didn’t have a lot of money.

“Sometimes, my mom had to make me a pad to wear when they couldn’t afford to buy products,” said Cameron. Today, she lives in the community of Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation in Kenora, Ont., where menstrual products are in short supply and therefore more expensive. “With the high cost of their essentials like food and hydro, a family can struggle to buy menstrual products,” said Cameron. “Women have shared that, sometimes, the store manager doesn’t order enough product so it’s just not available.”

These stories are not unique. Period inequity is “an issue everywhere — there will always be a need to supply shelters, transitional houses, low-income communities, food banks, etc. with period products,” said Toronto’s Veronica Brown. But it is especially an issue in remote northern and fly-in Indigenous communities, where there can be a very limited supply of products as well as exorbitant prices for products that are available.

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