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Women are Sacred (August 16 & 17)

Women are Sacred Training

We will be presenting this training to anyone who may work or interact with Tribal victims and survivors of violence, including students, community members, and professionals from various programs, departments, or disciplines. Some of the topics and themes of this training will be related to cultural or traditional healing and justice in victim services, including peacekeeping, accountability and responsibility, importance of culture in working with trauma, conflict resolution, and others. The main topic of this training is creating and promoting awareness, to end violence against Native American women and children.

Date:

Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th of August, 2023

Location:

Island Convention Center. W 399 US 2 & 41, Harris, MI 49845

Cost:

  • Professionals - $120 (or $60/day)
  • Community members, students, AND/OR virtual attendees - $30 (or $15/day)

**The training cost will include the training fee, light Breakfast and lunch for the day. Scholarships available but are limited. Reach out to sayres@nmu.edu to get more information**

Agenda


  Time

                                     Day 1 - August 16

8:00 - 9:00am

Check-in at Registration

Coffee and Refreshments

9:00 - 10:25am

“Healing Centered Engagement Utilizing the 5 C’s” 

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Speaker: LaVerne Demientieff

 

This presentation will introduce you to the 5C’s of Healing Centered Engagement, these are significant beliefs and practices related to healing and wellness learned from and modeled by Alaska Native Elders. As you do good work in your life and job, consider reflecting on how these 5C’s can impact and support relationships with colleagues, clients, friends, relatives, as well as yourself. Stress and trauma inhibit learning and connection and move us from our thinking brain into our emotional brain, which makes it difficult to concentrate, remember things, make decisions, and connect. When we learn about how stress and trauma impact our mind and body, we are more compassionate with ourselves and others. When we are curious about what causes pain and grief, we can help to create connection and ceremony for healing. Healing happens when we are fully in our bodies and in relationship to others and our community. There are strategies for success we can utilize to create a community of care and feelings of belonging which allow us to learn and engage together at the highest levels.

10:35am - 12:00pm

"Women's Teachings: Healing Within the Different Stages of Life"

 

Speaker: Vicki Dowd 

 

We are all sacred in our everyday roles as women, from giving life to helping our Anishinaabe kwe learn and gain our sacred teachings. This session will consist of traditional Anishinaabe teachings throughout the life cycle, including the important role that women play in our communities when it comes to preserving culture, healing community, and planning for future generations.

12:00 - 1:00pm

LUNCH

1:00 - 2:55pm

“Focus on Self is Step One in our Healing Journey”

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Speaker: Ernie St. Germaine

 

The session will explore the Four Aspects of Self and how the word, "Niin," is central to a balanced, positive and healthy way of life that we call, "minobiimaadiziwin."

3:05 - 5:00pm

"Be a Good Relative: Understanding the Impact of Violence on the Two-Spirit & Native LGBTQ+ Community." 

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Speaker: Lenny Hayes

 

The presenter will give an overview of information about the historical roles and identities of Two-Spirit and Native LGBTQ people and how Native American Historical and Intergenerational Trauma has impacted this community. History tells us that because of the effects of Historical and Intergenerational Trauma this once honored and respected individual is now ostracized within our tribal communities. The presenter will present the high rates of violence and the vulnerabilities of our Two-Spirit and Native LGBTQ adult, youth, and community. Ultimately, the Two-Spirit and Native LGBTQ community is individually and collectively trying to bring balance, beauty, and acceptance back into our tribal communities.

5:00-6:00pm

Break for Dinner (on your own/attendees responsible for own dinner)

6:00 - 8:00pm

"Peacekeeping Talking Circle"

 

Facilitator: Ernie St. Germaine

 

THIS SESSION WON'T BE AVAILABLE FOR VIRTUAL PARTICIPANTS


  Time

                                Day 2 - August 17

8:00 - 9:00am

“The Status of Women in China-From Ancient to Modern Society” Poster Presentation

By Tianwei Li (from Southwest Forestry University in Kunming, China)

 

Check-in at Registration - Coffee and Refreshments

9:00 - 10:55am

"Women in Leadership"

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Speaker: Waabigwan, Stephanie St Germaine 

 

Facing obstacles as an Anishinabekwe, Indigenous woman in leadership positions. How we overcome obstacles using culture and traditions to strengthen your self-confidence and self-identity. 

11:05am - 12:30pm

"Men’s Panel: Title TBA"

 

Panelists: Ernie St.Germaine,  Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell & Lenny Hayes         

12:30 - 1:30pm

LUNCH

1:30 - 3:25pm

"Strengthening Offender Accountability and Intervention in Tribal Communities" 

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Speaker: Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell

 

Wica Agli means “To Return a Man” and our mission is to reclaim traditional understandings of manhood, tied with responsibility, protection, and respect, and share them with men and boys everywhere for a safe and comfortable environment. This presentation will discuss the nature of program for men who batter in a multidisciplinary response, policy development, and community awareness to strengthen intervention efforts to hold offenders accountable while acknowledging the trauma many men have faced historically and personally. As we build the movement of engaging men and youth, we are also building our tools to increase our outreach, awareness, education, and capacity to further bring about understanding on historical trauma, childhood sexual abuse, and societal messages that contribute to men perpetrating domestic violence and sexual assault.

3:35 - 5:00pm

“Women are Sacred” Circle 

 

Facilitator: Dana Klar

THIS SESSION WON'T BE AVAILABLE FOR VIRTUAL PARTICIPANTS

5:00-5:30pm

"Closing Circle"

 

Facilitator: Dana Klar

 

 

*** Session can offer up to 2 CEU's

Accomodations

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Casino Hotel

Island Resort and Casino

As our event will be hosted at the Island Resort and Casino, we recommend our attendees to book a room at the hotel.

Location: 

Island Convention Center
W 399 US 2 & 41
Harris, MI 49845

Make your reservation

When you reserve the room give the following information:

  • Full name
  • Dates of your stay
  • Payment information 
  • Hotel Booking ID: 13820
  • Cost per night $90

**Reservations available: 800-682-6040**

Other Stays

Location: 

2635 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI 49829

Phone: 

(906) 786-0602

Drive time to the Casino: 

Around 20 min.

More information here.

Location: 

2415 N Lincoln Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829

Phone: 

(906) 786-1000

Drive time to the Casino: 

Around 30 min.

More information here.

Location: 

2301 N Lincoln Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829

Phone: 

(906) 789-1000

Drive time to the Casino: 

Around 30 min.

More information here.

Location: 

921 N Lincoln Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829

Phone: 

(906) 789-1066

Drive time to the Casino: 

Around 30 min.

More information here.

Drive time to the Casino: 

Around 30 min.

More information Sunset Lodge Escanaba.

Location: 

7146 P Rd, Gladstone, MI 49837

Phone: 

(906) 786-7554

Drive time to the Casino: 

Around 35 min.

More information here.