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


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About the Workshop

*New Date: July 25 - 27, 2023 (Postponed from May 16 - 18, 2023).
Individuals who registered for the original dates do not need to register again; however, if you would like a refund, please contact us.

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 is 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.

Please note that you may register to attend this 3-day workshop in person or virtually. 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. We look forward to meeting you!


  • Brenda Hill, Director of Technical Assistance & Training, NIWRC
  • Kim Zahne, Technical Assistance and Training Specialist, NIWRC

Registration Fees

  • Early Bird $300 (Must register by COB June 16, 2023)
  • Standard $350

Hotel Information

13696 East Iliff Place
Aurora, CO

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  • Reservations can be made on an individual call-in basis by calling 1-800-445-8667 and asking for the Workshop (NIWRC) group block at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Denver-Aurora
  • The cut-off for the group rate of $169 is no later than July 11, 2023
  • 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 forty-eight (48) 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 provides a free shuttle to/from the airport. Please call 1-303-337-2800 at least 24 hours prior to your arrival to make arrangements.