Fireside Chat: Wabanaki Women’s Coalition Survivors' Retreat

Tillie Black Bear (Sicangu Lakota) was a mother, grandmother, activist, and advocate bringing awareness to domestic violence. She is considered the grandmother of the movement to end violence against Indigenous women, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and sex trafficking. Tillie organized and hosted healing camps to support the healing process for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and talk about their stories in a space that was supportive and safe. It is in this spirit, the NIWRC is pleased to continue Tillie’s legacy by offering seasonal virtual healing camp sessions that highlight the work and care of tribal coalitions from across the country.

The NIWRC policy team will be joined by Donna Brown, Executive Director of the Wabanaki Women’s Coalition (WWC) as she shares reflections of this year’s WWC Survivors’ Retreat and discusses the process of creating such an event within your community. The WWC Survivors’ Retreat is an event hosted every year by the Wabanaki Women’s Coalition in the Northeast. This weekend long retreat is a place for survivors and advocates to gather, connect, support, and rejuvenate in a healing environment of the land and water by taking part in culturally-rooted activities. Join us as Donna Brown reflects on this year’s retreat, as well as shares the knowledge and experience she’s gained after planning and creating this event for several years.