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14th Annual Women Are Sacred Conference

"Carrying Our Medicine and Strengthening Our Vision to End the Violence"

June 23-25, 2020 | Saint Paul, MN

NIWRC is pleased to announce that our 14th Annual Women are Sacred (WAS) Conference will take place in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in June 2020. WAS is one of the largest gatherings of tribal domestic violence programs, advocates, survivors, tribal leaders and community members, law enforcement, and tribal court personnel dedicated to ending violence against Indian women and children. This conference provides training opportunities, presentations and keynote addresses by established and emerging Indigenous leaders and experts in the movement to end the violence on various topics focused on supporting tribal nations, tribal domestic violence programs and tribal community-based programs. (subject to change after supervisory review)

This year's conference theme is "Carrying Our Medicine and Strengthening Our Vision to End the Violence." 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 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.

Our call for workshop proposals is now open until November 22, 2019. Submit your proposal here.

Attendee registration coming soon.

Exhibitor and arts vendors registration coming soon.