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2020 Women Are Sacred Conference - POSTPONED

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

June 23-25, 2020 | InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront, Saint Paul, MN

(Update: As of 4/1/20, the 2020 Women Are Sacred Conference has been postponed. Conference will be rescheduled, new date to be shared at a later time.)

NIWRC is pleased to announce that our 2020 Women are Sacred (WAS) Conference will take place in Saint Paul, Minnesota, this June. 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. 

This is an outstanding opportunity to connect with survivors, advocates, grassroots organizers, tribal leaders, law enforcement, child welfare, social services, and tribal court personnel across Tribal Nations, Alaska Native villages, Indian and Native Hawaiian communities to build capacity and enhance your advocacy and skills to strengthen the movement to end the violence.

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has approved OVW Tribal grantees managed by the Tribal Affairs Division may use their OVW funds to cover travel expenses for up to 2 to attend WAS without a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN).


Early bird registration rate (before March 31, 2020) $250
Regular registration rate (starting April 1, 2020) $350




For questions about registration, contact Gwen Packard, NIWRC Technical Assistance & Training Specialist, at [email protected]

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