Kristin Welch

Founder and Executive Director, Waking Women Healing Institute

United States

Kristin Welch, Naeqtum Metaemoh, descendant of the  Menominee Nation and of the Marten Clan, is founder and Executive Director of Waking Women Healing Institute.  Her organization works to restore matriarchal roles, uplift survivor voices, and ignite spaces of healing through direct action, policy work, and providing advocacy for and with MMIW families.  Kristin is passionate about healing and justice work for Indigenous women and girls around the issues of sexual violence and MMIW. She has 8 plus years’ experience in systems change, resiliency and healing work, and Indigenous life-span models for wellness. Her work has involved creating safe spaces for survivors that are founded in indigenous ways of being, water protection, and she is a member of the WI DOJ MMIW Task Force and co-chair for the Family Impact Sub-committee. 

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