OUR VALUES



    Rights of Nature- All life is sacred both human and non-human and must be protected, nurtured, and honored

    Lifelong Learning -we uplift and encourage learning and development of self from pre-conception to elderhood and beyond

    Love- to learn to love self, family, and community in connection to the universe

    Unconditional Care- creating access to just and equitable systems, connection to land, oral history, and indigenous ways of being

    Right to self-determine - recognition of free will over mind, body, emotion, and spirit

    Respect- respect for all ways of being, respect for self, and respect for all creation

    Indigenous Traditional Governance – utilizing the power of the collective to share power and find solutions through clans, grandmother council, and uplifting of Matriarchal roles

    Diversity and recognition of each induvial as being born with innate talents, gifts, and identity through clan relationships


    What we do

    Waking Women Healing institute is a place of healing and learning that offers:

    • Culturally founded direct services healing, responsive, and preventative for families of MMIWG2S and survivors of sexual violence 
    • Prevention of  MMIWG2S, and sexual violence through cultural approaches to development of mind, body, spirit, across the lifespan 
    • Training and Education around MMIWG2S and intersecting issues of gender based and sexual violence (prevention, issues, and systems change) for: Grassroots, Agency, Institutions
    • Nation building and research on MMIWG2S issues to  develop policy/systems change through restoring matriarchal roles and leadership for the 1) protection of Indigenous women, water, and earth 2) Decolonization of settler policy and institutions that contribute to ongoing acts of violence and re-traumatization of survivors 


    Outcomes of WWHI

    Creation of a System of Care that creates equitable, accessible systems of health founded in indigenous oral history, connection to land, and matriarchal leadership roles (systems change)


    Increase Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit wellness of mind, body, and spirit

    Protection of Indigenous women/girls/two-spirit, Water, and Mother Earth

    Who will we serve?

    1) Missing Murdered Indigenous Women Families and survivors of sexual violence

    2) Western agency and systems in need of education and awareness around issues of MMIW and sexual violence

    3) Indigenous grassroots, coalitions, and allies around the Great Lakes who seek to protect water, indigenous women, and the land through addressing institutional racism and policy work within the Great Lakes Area of WI, MN, MI, and Chicago.

    Western systems and agency in need of indigenous led training/consultation on best practices in the issues of MMIWG2S and gender based and sexual violence: prevention, response, and culturally founded care
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