Nicole Matthews

Change Maker

Using her voice to create systems of safety and accountability, Nicole Matthews is a change agent in Minnesota and beyond. A descendent of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Matthews has spoken nationally and internationally about sexual violence and sex trafficking to create social awareness and promote policy and legislation. As the Executive Director for Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, and member of numerous committees and task forces, such as Minnesota’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Task Force, her ultimate goal is to reclaim the traditional values that honor the sovereignty of Indigenous people, and eliminate gender-based violence. Being a Matriarch, proud mother and grandmother has only strengthened her resolve to create change and elevate the voices of Indigenous women.