WAS Conference - Workshop Proposal Form
Conference Overview
Woman 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 around 300+ participants for this event.

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

WAS 2020 description:
(Any part of the description may be subject to change after supervisory review)

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
Proposals should address topic areas 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
• Presenters' expertise in working with Native American communities
• Encourages interdisciplinary coordination and cooperation
• Highlights Indigenous practices
• Introduces innovative strategies
• Honors, supports, and demonstrates clear connection to victims/survivors of domestic violence
• Meets 90-minute workshop time frame


Deadline: November 22, 2019
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