The foundation of advocates’ role in Indian Country is built upon our indigenous understanding of our relationships and roles as Relatives in the context of historical and ongoing dynamics of colonization.
The key principles of advocacy come from indigenous cultural beliefs and values, and encompass concepts of resilience, trauma-informed approaches and sovereignty. These are the themes of this workshop with a focus on the dynamics and impact of battering/intimate partner violence, particularly on Native women.
Key topics include basic advocacy skills, confidentiality and elements of shelter and other safe space. Advocates’ role in social change initiatives outside of shelter doors is also addressed. Discussion and interactive exercises are planned throughout this workshop.