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Muslim, indigenous women come together for Islamic History Month

Muslim and indigenous women came together to share stories of struggle and strength in Winnipeg Saturday as part of Islamic History Month.

Meet and greet encourages 'sisterhood' between women of different cultures, organizer says

Indigenous and Muslim women shared stories of what inspires them at a luncheon in Winnipeg Saturday. (Wendy Buelow/CBC)

Muslim and indigenous women came together to share stories of struggle, strength and inspiration in Winnipeg Saturday as part of Islamic History Month.

About 200 women attended a unique luncheon aimed at bridging the culture gap to form a connection that goes beyond religion or ethnicity.

Hiba Kasen, one of the event organizers, said the get-together provided an opportunity to build relationships in the community. 

"We all live in Canada in the same place. Especially in Manitoba ... we all need to feel included, understand and respect each other."
Women and children of all ages participated in the event. (Wendy Buelow/CBC)

It gave the women a chance to get to know each other and an opportunity to bond over their different experiences living in Canada.

"We hope to be the role models for more communities coming together to share what our differences are and to celebrate what our similarities are and create a real sisterhood," said Diane Redsky, an organizer with the event.

Redsky added that she hopes the women who participated in the event left feeling they've made a new friend.

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