Foundation and Key Principles: Strengthening the Role of Advocacy in Indian Country Workshop


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This workshop will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico from January 24 - January 26, 2023. Please note that you may register to attend this 3-day workshop in person or virtually. 

About the Workshop

The foundation of advocates’ role in Indian Country is built upon our Indigenous understanding of our relationships and roles as Relatives in the context of historical and ongoing dynamics of colonization. The key principles of advocacy come from Indigenous cultural beliefs and values, and encompass concepts of resilience, trauma-informed approaches, and sovereignty. These are the themes of this workshop with a focus on the dynamics and impact of battering/ intimate partner violence, particularly on Native women. Key topics include basic advocacy skills, confidentiality, and elements of shelter and other safe spaces. Advocates’ role in social change initiatives outside of shelter doors are also addressed. A special session on COVID-19 mitigation best practices and indoor air mitigation tools has been added to the agenda this year given the ongoing pandemic. Discussion and interactive exercises are planned throughout this workshop.

For those attending in person, given the resurgence of COVID-19 cases and to safeguard our health and that of our relatives, we are encouraging those who have not been vaccinated to get the vaccination. If vaccinated, please provide proof at workshop check-in. In an effort to provide an equitable and accessible space, we are requesting participants to get tested 72 hours prior to the first day of this workshop. We will be providing masks and hand sanitizer during sessions. We strongly request participants test each morning before the session begins. The maximum number of participants has also been lowered to allow for social distancing within the workshop. Health and safety are our priorities. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated as we move together through these challenging times.

Register early as in-person space is limited! We look forward to seeing you.

Hotel Information

Isleta Resort
11000 Broadway Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM
Reservations: 877-747-5382 or 505-848-1999
Front Desk: 505-724-3800

For the group rate of $121.00 + taxes and fees per night, please mention “NIW0123.” The cut-off for the group rate is December 25, 2022. Workshop participants are responsible for all room and incidental charges.

All reservations must be guaranteed with a valid credit card at the time of confirmation and no reservations will be accepted by e-mail or fax.
Reservations must be canceled twenty-four (24) hours prior to their scheduled arrival date, or the individual will be assessed a penalty of one night’s room and tax per reservation held.

Hotel Shuttle

The hotel provides a free shuttle service to/from the airport. Available between 9 am-11 pm, 7 days a week. Please call 505.724.3877 at least 24 hours prior to your arrival to make arrangements.