Empowering Indigenous Women for Stronger Communities
Empowering Indigenous Women for Stronger Communities is the organization that inspires Dragonfly Moons. The concept was born out of a collaboration between Indigenous women and partners to determine the most significant way forward. The goal is to create social change through culturally based community programming and education focused on positive mental health and ending gender-based violence. In doing so, we aspire to create economic and cultural sustainability for our communities. Connection to the land and healing through culture are at the forefront of everything we do.
The Dragonfly Moons social enterprise intends to give people the opportunity to bring awareness of Indigenous culture and tradition into their lives through unique experiences and pave a path for Indigenous artists to grow and prosper through telling their stories and educating the public on how their craft is deeply rooted in their cultural connection.
Just like the dragonfly, the work of Empowering Indigenous Women for Stronger Communities continues to evolve and expand its reach.
The logo was designed as a collaboration between two Indigenous Artists, Susy Randell who resides in Penticton, BC and Jenny Brake from Corner Brook, NL. These two women have been friends for over 20 years and felt passionate about working beyond geographical barriers to create a logo that represents the beauty of the social enterprise created by Empowering Indigenous Women for Stronger Communities. The logo was inspired to serve as an image that will remind us that collaboration and culture can transform us like a dragonfly from the water into a creature that flies high to bring joy and beauty to all.
The Dragonfly symbolizes change, transformation, adaptability, and self-realization. The flight of the dragonfly across the water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life. The Moon is a feminine symbol, universally representing the rhythm of time as it embodies the cycle. Grandmother Moon is the leader of feminine life. The thirteen moons hold a special meaning to all four Indigenous groups represented as it is significant to our ceremonies and ancestors as they make their way to the spirit world.