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Dunn Kristin, WATCH Research Associate

photo of Kristin Dunn

Kristin Dunn

WATCH Research Associate

Women, ART and the Criminalization of HIV (WATCH HIV)


Kristin is a northerner who’s most at home in the bush, camping & canoeing & picking berries, or snowmobiling & ice fishing.  The basis of her spirituality, her artwork and her sense of self all have their roots in the bush.

Born in North York where she spent the first five years of life, Kristin was raised between  her parents’ hometown of Haileybury in northeastern Ontario, and “The Gateway to the North”.  She grew up in the atmosphere of a mining town ~ goose hunts in the autumn, then moose hunts and snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter, going sliding and skating, to maple sugar shacks, fishing for brookies in the spring and summers spent swimming and climbing cliffs  at the  cottage on Rib Lake. 

She moved to northern Saskatchewan early in her teens and began going out to the trapline, picking up the lifeways as they were practiced at the time.  It was there that Kristin learned how to sew and make hides, how to commercial fish and harvest wild rice. It was during that time that her social consciousness was sparked.

After a brief time living in central Alberta where she started her family, Kristin went to live in the Northwest Territories, dividing her time between the vastness and solitude of Great Bear Lake and the Mackenzie Mountains, and everyday life in an oil town on the Mackenzie River. 

She returned to LaRonge with her very young children and supported them by driving a school bus, and later by substitute teaching as well, and made them a home “off grid” with a mind to hardwire them to be in tune with the natural world.

Kristin presently makes her home in Saskatoon, where she keeps honey bees in the back yard, gets out horseback riding with her daughter and messes around playing the banjo and dancing flamenco…but not at the same time!