Waking Women Healing Institute (WWHI) recognizes that we as indigenous peoples are the solutions to these issues and institutional violence that has attempted to remove us from identity, land, and language. As a survivors led organization we felt we must create a place of learning and healing through re-building kinships amongst indigenous women to our land, original ways of being, and languages. WWHI is a new organization, (December 2020) however we are not new to the work of serving our MMIW families and systems change. We are currently led by indigenous survivors, allies, and partner agencies who represent areas in WI, MN, MI, and Chicago. With our office located in Gresham WI, we are also able to be mobile in services delivery. We have been working to address the issues of MMIW and sexual violence for years and find value in our collective knowledge and indigenous ways of organizing. We dedicate full time staff/volunteers and resources to be able to provide the following 3 tenants, RESTORE. UPLIFT. IGNITE. Once we have opportunity to connect to our identity and cultural tools for healing, the outcomes we will see are the reclamation of just, equitable governance structures, and systems of care that benefit all peoples now, and 7 generations from now.
All of our MMIW and sexual violence survivors’ direct services are culturally founded and land-based that connect to women's medicine and development in connection to spirit across the life-span
We use survivor centered approaches that empower through offering choice and uplift survivor voice by creating visibility in community, media, and systems
We have formed a regional working collaborative of support that works to support MMIW families, de-colonize policy and institutions, and create environmental protections that are equitable and sustainable that spans the Great Lakes Area