Special Collection: WAS Talks
This Special Collection is a new video resource initiative of the NIWRC, a project inspired by the national TED Talks: Ideas Worth Spreading. WAS Talks was launched and recorded during the June 2018 Women Are Sacred Conference. The special collection is developed to highlight the issues, resources and other suggestions by tribal survivors, advocates, researchers, legal community, social workers, law enforcement, community/family members, child welfare workers, philosophers, community leaders, politicians and tribal leaders.
The Special Collection organizes fifteen women in attendance at the 2018 Women Are Sacred conference, who shared their stories, spoke their truth and healing. Our tribal stories hold power in shining light on the issues of violence in our communities. It’s time to talk. We share these with the aim of raising awareness on this severe crisis, encouraging others to join the movement against sexual violence, and raising our voices in the name of tribal sovereignty once again to bring safety to Native nations.
INTENTION BEHIND THIS COLLECTION
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center’s WAS Talks Special Collection is designed to provide a collection of resources to address the issues from the violence against Native women movement. It provides a unique forum for tribal survivors, advocates, researchers, legal community, social workers, law enforcement, community/family members, child welfare workers, philosophers, community leaders, politicians and tribal leaders to come make a statement, voice their concerns, express their creativity through poetry or staged reading, talk about the future or direction of the movement to end violence against Native Women, the role of advocacy, VAWA re-authorization, historical trauma, domestic violence practices, child welfare issues, sexual violence, missing and murdered, sex trafficking, EVERYTHING!!! It is intended to assist readers locate advocates, information to share with professionals, schools, or resources to use for their own outreach projects.
WHO IS THIS TOOLKIT FOR?
This Special Collection is primarily designed for tribal coalitions, domestic violence programs, sexual assault programs, sex trafficking programs, educators, advisors, and community members to obtain resources, education and other materials to use in their delivery of services.
Carolyn DeFord (Puyallup) Tacoma,
Cherrah Giles (Muscogee Creek/Cherokee) Tulsa, OK
Clarice Charlie-Hubbard (Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone-Battle Mountain Band of Te-Moak Tribes)
Isabell Meawasige (Anishinabe Ojibway of Lake Huron)
Conni Wolf (Ojibway
Dallas Smales (Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone-South Fork Band)
Kim Zahne-Tacheene (Hopi/Tewa)
Honor Fisher (Colorado River Indian Tribe)
Cynthia Ruiz (Cherokee
Elisa marina Alvarado (Chicana/P’urepecha)
Juana Majel-Dixon (Pauma Band of Mission Indian)
Laura Woods (Yurok)
Noreen Jones (Yurok)
Patricia Whitefoot (Yakima Nation)
WATCH: The entire collection of WAS Talks videos on our YouTube Playlist WAS Talks 2018: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXPU7U91VAXnaHD8ozp2dj37ADPIscWxV