About Us

In 1979, a group of women began the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Status of Women Council. Soon afterward it adopted the name Mokami Status of Women Council (MSWC). Their initial focus was to start a transition house in the area (which they achieved with Libra House in 1986), but their work soon incorporated other women's issues such as rape crisis, day care, women and the constitution, and housing.

They also supported the Women's Health Education Project, which was being run by the Newfoundland Status of Women Council (later known as the St. John's Status of Women Council) and the Women's Institutes in the early 80s.

Today, Mokami Status of Women Council is an equality seeking feminist organization that links women by sharing ideas, resources, skills, experience and knowledge. Mokami Status of Women Council is dedicated to serving the needs of the women in its community.

MSWC is a frontline service organization that works to empower women to help themselves, their families and their communities to build safer and healthier lifestyles. We work within the Upper Lake Melville area which is populated by Innu First Nations, NunatuKavut and Nunatsiavut beneficiaries. The town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, home to MSWC, is a service centre for many women who come from remote Indigenous communities in Labrador.

A Voice for Women

We speak out publicly on issues that affect women, such as:

  • violence against women
  • sexual harassment
  • poverty
  • employment opportunities and pay equity
  • equal marriage
  • reproductive freedom and
  • the need to increase women's representation in politics

 

Board of Directors

A volunteer team of amazing, inspiring, marvellous, wonderful women make up our Board of Directors!

  • Jackie Compton-Hobbs
  • Michelle Parsons
  • Cora Hamel-Pardy
  • Norma Huxter
  • Shirley White
  • Pamela Duffett

 

MSWC Funding Agencies

Mokami Status of Women Council is funded by the Women's Policy Office of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Our Housing Project is funded through Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Supportive Living Project, and our building was also funded in part by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

 

Community Partners

 

Resources in Upper Lake Melville

EMERGENCY: 911
RCMP Happy Valley-Goose Bay: 896-3383
RCMP Sheshatshiu: 497-8700
FIRE: 896-2222
AMBULANCE: 896-2100
Poison Control Centre (24 Hour): 1-866-727-1110

Crisis/Help Lines:
Newfoundland and Labrador HealthLine: 811
Pediatric Telephone Advice Line: 1-866-722-1126
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
NL Sexual Assault Crisis and
Prevention Centre Crisis Hotline: 1-800-726-2743
NL Domestic Violence Help Line: 1-888-709-7090

Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-737-4668
Gambling Help Line: 1-888-899-4357
Smokers Help Line: 1-800-363-5864
CHANNAL Peer Support Warm Line: 1-855-753-2560

Libra House 24-hour Crisis Line: 896-3014
The Housing Hub (Daytime): 896-4825 or 896-2389
The Housing Hub (After Hours): 896-6061
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour: 896-8846
AESL After Hours: 1-877-729-7888
Salvation Army: 896-2756
Labrador Friendship Centre Food Bank: 896-8302

 
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