Healing from domestic violence

Pictured: Noojimo’iwewin training 2019 at Bay Mills Indian Community in Brimley, Michigan. The 2020 training will be streamed virtually on Zoom and will continue to address healing and looking forward from domestic violence.(Photo: Bay Mills Indian Community)

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Bay Mills Indian Community to host free multi-disciplinary training August 5-7 via Zoom

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Bay Mills Indian Community

The Bay Mills Indian Community (Gnoozhekaaning) remains committed to the future resilience of Indian Country and the COVID-19 outbreak requires communities to ensure health and safety in new ways. The tribe will host the annual training conference, Noojimo’iwewin: A Virtual VAWA and ICWA Training, August 5-7, 2020. Streamed digitally via Zoom, the conference invites law enforcement officials, attorneys, and social work advocates from all communities to look forward from domestic violence.

When applied to the law, noojimo’iwewin, healing the mind and body as well as illness, can guide community advocates in ensuring the safety of future generations. Federal laws like the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) address concerns that tribes face when violence occurs. While dealing with the legal aspects of these concerns, tribal communities can also heal through appropriate community and culturally-based justice and advocacy.

“No matter where we are physically, we carry our stories with us,” says Whitney Gravelle, General Counsel and former Chief Judge for Bay Mills Indian Community, “and when we share those stories we serve as a building block for Tribes throughout Indian Country in identifying the steps needed to make our communities a safe and warm place for all of our families.” The initiative seeks to build strong, safe communities that incorporates the seven Anishinaabe teachings  respect, love, truth, wisdom, humility, bravery, and honesty.

Save the date for the upcoming event Noojimo'iwewin: A Virtual Violence Against Women Act and Indian Child Welfare Act Training.
Save the date for the upcoming event Noojimo'iwewin: A Virtual Violence Against Women Act and Indian Child Welfare Act Training.(Image: Bay Mills Indian Community)

The 2020 multi-disciplinary training has two tracks—social services and law enforcement—that will discuss issues facing child welfare and domestic violence advocates. Featured topics include: working with families experiencing substance abuse concerns, protection orders, government to government relationships, generational and systemic trauma, adverse childhood experiences, and more. For a full list of topics and speakers, please view the website and agenda. Bringing advocates and experts together, this conference enhances community-based, individualized services across Indian Country.

Attendees of the training will learn from the modern, cultural, and traditional restorative justice system of the Bay Mills Indian Community. Attorneys, advocates, judges, social workers, law enforcement officers and whomever else may benefit from this training are encouraged to register. This training is absolutely free of charge and only requires a device with an internet connection that can support Zoom. All materials will be online. Continuing Legal Education credits for this training are pending.

This training is sponsored by the Office of Justice Services Tribal Justice Support and proudly hosted by the Bay Mills Indian Community in partnership with The Whitener Group. Click here to register and learn more. Please contact training organizer Neoshia Roemer at neoshia@whitenergroup.biz with questions.

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