WHO WE ARE
We are a survivor and women led matriarchal organization providing the next generation of care to victims of crime and violence. We seek to learn from our ancestors’ teachings and the ways of governance that worked for the global majority centuries prior to colonization, we invite our Indigenous roles into colonial spaces. Our ways are from many differing nations and our resilience has always rooted in the health and wellbeing of our communities while we thrive through social & value-based economies.
To increase mental health accessibility and inclusivity for health justice through demonetizing the relationships between the mental health systems, and those seeking mental health services within Indigenous and historically under-invested and therefore chronically underserved communities.
HOW WE DO THIS
We liberate the practice, pedagogy, service delivery, and training of mental health by stewarding matriarchal shared-leadership of the Community Activated Medicine (CAM™) Framework™ and Intergenerational Healing Approach™.
Our vision is to create the future leaders and healers for the next generation, with respect to our relationship with one another and our ancestors. Embodying organizational resiliency requires a new paradigm shift that looks to our past, recognizes the present, and considers all things for future generations. Decolonizing Mental Health is Social Justice in Mental Health. It means to deconstruct and dismantle power structures, racism, and the behaviorally-focused interventions used as part of the healing "treatment" process. It is the understanding that historical trauma healing goes beyond Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and demands Healing Informed Practices (HIP). Our communities of generational wounding need long-term healing, and part of this is JUSTICE-focused work that goes beyond reflective practice and calls upon the Children's Fire to bring all voices together.
Healing Intergenerational Roots (HIR) Wellness Institute inspired by the ancestral teachings and Indigenous knowledge of The Children’s Fire. This is reflected in our omni-dimensional organizational network and system that embodies a decentralized heterarchical and shared governance model, rooted in Indigenous practices.
The two laws of the Children’s Fire:
The Children’s Fire must forever keep going
The feminine must be protected
We will always seek to protect our future by pledging that no harm will come to our children by doing what is in their best interest and nurture the continuation of our ways. Our programming fosters a community-informed practice that addresses the complex impact of historical and intergenerational trauma through applying an Intergenerational Healing Informed Approach™.
MEDICINE IN ACTION
At HIR Wellness we have intergenerational, communal, and culturally rooted mental health services and wellness programming, and trainings. It is our belief that we heal in relationships, alongside culture, and within community.
At HIR Wellness we provide all our services and programming at no cost and bring an innovative approach to offering healing informed care to victims of crime (VOC), Historical Trauma, Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women/People (MMIP), their families and Human Trafficking (HT) victims/survivors. All our services are provided by our staff and graduate interns.
In the last year & growing
300% increase in connections since the start of the "Safer at Home" orders in March 2019
In the last year & growing
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Healing Intergenerational Roots [HIR] Wellness Institute is a Milwaukee based non-profit organization located on Wgema Campus, Forest County Potawatomi Tribal land. We provide free mental health and wellness services to victims of crime. For our mission and vision to grow we need your support!
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