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November 4, 2021

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The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence celebrates the dynamic contributions of the Kootenai, Schitsu’umsh (Coeur d’Alene), Nimiipuu (Nez Perce), and the Newe-Numu (Shoshone Bannock & Shoshone Paiute) Nations for their powerful work to end violence.

NAHM is a perfect time to honor our Indigenous neighbors, not as relics of the past but as vibrant communities with myriad languages, cultural practices, and deep relationships to the land. Their communities are old with over 15,000 years of ancestry on what we now call Idaho. We have much to learn about their unique ways of moving through and seeing the world. We encourage each of you to engage in learning, activities, or media that grow your knowledge of our Indigenous communities in Idaho.

  1. Read President Biden’s Proclamation on National Native American Heritage Month
  2. Like & Follow the Indigenous Idaho Alliance on Social Media to connect with our Native neighbors across the state.
  3. Like & Follow the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center for how to integrate cultural strategy into your advocacy program.
  4. Learn whose land you occupy. ( What do they call themselves? What history do you know of them?
  5. Look up Native American films, books, podcasts, and music.
  6. Enjoy my TEDxBoise talk, “The Intergenerational Wisdom Woven Into Indigenous Stories.”
  7. Support your local Indigenous DVSA program, how can you collaborate on a celebration this month?

Feel free to reach out to Tai for community resources around Native American Heritage Month.

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Tai Simpson

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Living Wages: Advancing Equity in Our Organizations

This week I have been reflecting on the national labor shortage and how this is impacting the domestic and sexualoutdoor photo of piles of coins with a jar of coins all with green sprouts violence programs in the country. We have heard from program leaders that they are struggling to retain advocates and that the advocates that they do have are very stressed and overwhelmed. We know this is not a new issue. Programs have always struggled to retain advocates in our programs and shelters. When I was an intern in a domestic violence shelter a senior advocate told me, “This is a job, not a career.” I didn’t really understand what she meant by that at the time but the longer I worked for the program the more I came to understand what she meant. Often advocates are not able to sustain and provide for their families with the wages they receive. Sometimes people who are so passionate and care so much about supporting survivors are forced to leave because they can’t make ends meet.

How can we ask our advocates to talk to survivors about budgeting, saving, and affordable housing when this could be something they were struggling with themselves? How can we ask survivors to work for us when we can’t provide them with a living wage? I know that we can’t just magically increase wages. If that was possible we all would have done it already but I believe it is time to start the conversation about how we can make this work in our programs.

Joanne Alcantara and Deann Alcantara-Thomson, with API Chaya, hosted a great webinar outlining what API Chaya did to start the conversation about living wages for their employees and what it took to accomplish this goal. You can watch the webinar here.

Let’s start this conversation together.

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Kailey Carter-Zitterkopf

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Training & Events

Young People and Violence in Intimate Relationships: Understanding Trauma and Supporting Safety & Resilience
November 16, 2021| 1:00pm MT

This webinar is for service providers or DV/SV programs who want to work with youth who have experienced teen dating violence. The webinar will cover: the dynamics of violence and coercive control; impacts of trauma on mental health and socialization; and share strategies for respectful, accessible, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed approaches with young people to support safety and resilience.

Register here!

Beyond Diversity & Bias Training: Building Intersectional Race Equity
February 2, 2022| 2:00pm-4:00pm ET

Facilitated by Fiona Kanagasingam, Co-Founder, BIPoC Project, this session is for Human Resources teams, hiring managers, and decision-makers seeking to transform hiring authentically without tokenizing.

Organizations often begin their equity journeys with enhanced hiring, yet struggle with how to fully embed equity not just diversity in the process, how to build systems of accountability that translate intent to action, and how to transform hiring authentically without tokenizing historically marginalized candidates and staff. Register here!

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