Nokiiwin Tribal Council Conference – Lateral Violence Within Indigenous Communities
Nokiiwin Tribal Council Hosts Conference to Address Lateral Violence from within Indigenous Communities.
Thunder Bay, ON, April 10th, 2018 – Nokiiwin Tribal Council is hosting “An Inside Job – Our Journey Away from Lateral Violence.” The two-day health, safety and wellness conference addresses how lateral violence impacts Indigenous people inside the home, community and workplace, and promotes new approaches for creating safer spaces from within.
The event takes place on Tuesday April 10th and Wednesday April 11th, 2018 at the Victoria Inn. Individuals, communities, employers and organizations will share and learn culturally relevant practices and skills that build a strong Indigenous health and safety culture, and ensure supports for vulnerable families, workers and communities.
Says Audrey Gilbeau, Executive Director of Nokiiwin Tribal Council; “The roots of violence in our First Nations today stem from decades of colonization, oppression, intergenerational trauma and ongoing experiences of racism, among other factors. As Indigenous peoples, we often turn our personal pain onto our own people, and the result is violence in our homes, schools, communities and workplaces. This conference brings back our traditional ways; teachings, skills and practices, to restore healthy homes, schools, communities and workplaces from the inside out.”
The Keynote Speaker is Caitlyn Wood, who is widely acknowledged for her research and work giving the youth of La Loche, Saskatchewan an opportunity to share their voices following a devastating shooting in the community.
Other highlights of the event include a Spirit Builder Workshop that provides a community model to tackle the issues of Historic Trauma, a Biidaaban Healing Lodge and a workshop by Tamara Bernard – Woman is Medicine: Restoring our Well-Being.
For further information about, “An Inside Job – Our Journey Away from Lateral Violence” visit nokiiwin.com.