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Call for Workshop Proposals - 14th Annual Women Are Sacred Conference

June 23-25, 2020 | Saint Paul, MN

 "Carrying Our Medicine and Strengthening Our Vision

to End the Violence"




Conference Overview

Women are Sacred (WAS) is one of the earliest and largest gatherings of tribal domestic violence programs, advocates, survivors, tribal community members and tribal leadership, law enforcement and tribal court personnel dedicated to ending violence against Indian women and children.  WAS provides tremendous training opportunities by established and emerging Indigenous leaders and experts in the movement to end the violence.  WAS consists of trainings, presentations, workshops and keynote addresses on various topics focused on increasing the capacity of tribal nations, tribal domestic violence programs and tribal community-based programs to provide culturally appropriate services including intervention and prevention strategies. We expect over 400 participants for this event.

This year's theme "Carrying Our Medicine and Strengthening Our Vision to End the Violence," was approved by the NIWRC and our co-sponsors for this outstanding event.  Carrying our medicine is how we have survived and continue to survive as Indigenous people. It is how we heal our spirit, our body and the land we walk on. It is using traditional knowledge, skills and practices to enhance the health and well-being of ourselves, our families, our communities and our nations. The Women Are Sacred Conference 2020 represents the strength and resilience of our people and the tools and knowledge we have to make a difference. It’s about our shared vision for the future in ending the violence.

Topic Areas
Workshop proposals should reflect the theme and description for WAS 2020.  Proposals are encouraged in any of the three categories: practice, policy and research.  We welcome topics that address:

  • Strategies to address or respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, sex trafficking and murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls
  • Intersections of domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse
  • Child welfare and domestic violence challenges and practices
  • Housing and shelter development
  • Cultural and Trauma-informed approaches
  • Economic empowerment, public benefits and domestic violence collaborations
  • Incorporating Indigenous solutions or practices in addressing domestic violence
  • Identification of key issues and how they are being addressed across our Nations, villages and communities
  • Research practices
  • Program evaluation
  • Policy development

Selection Criteria for Workshops will include:

  • Relevance to tribal Nations, Alaska Native villages, Indian communities and tribal domestic violence programs and shelters
  • Complements conference theme and description
  • Timeliness and importance of topic
  • Presenters' expertise in working with Native American communities
  • Encourages interdisciplinary coordination and cooperation
  • Highlights Indigenous culture practices and traditions
  • Encouraged innovative thinking and strategies
  • Honors, supports, and demonstrates clear connection to victims/survivors of domestic violence
  • Meets 90-minute workshop time frame

SPECIAL NOTE: Individuals submitting proposals with multiple speakers should contact everyone included in the proposal to verify their participation and provide their bio information.  Speakers must grant permission for hard copy and online distribution of written materials. Permission to distribute copyrighted information is the responsibility of the Presenter. Acceptance of your proposal does not include travel and lodging. NIWRC will waive registration fee for all accepted workshop applications.

Submit Proposal

Deadline Extended: Friday, December 6, 2019!

For more information, please contact [email protected]