All people are sacred and worthy of protection, justice, and wellness.
Throughout the month of October, the Idaho Coalition will host Ti Novitawi Kocheukaakwe Virtual Conference Honoring Missing & Murdered Indigenous People – 12 presentations beginning at 10 am PT/11 am MT/1 pm ET over the four weeks. Each presentation will be delivered virtually via Zoom. The conference is designed for advocates, criminal legal system personnel, policy makers, and educators to explore the disproportionate rates of gender-based violence impacting Indigenous communities in Idaho and regionally.
As we acknowledge this crisis and the changes urgently needed to save lives, and respond to this reality we begin the process of removing barriers to the safety of Native communities by strengthening the ability of Indigenous nations to protect mxn, womxn, and children. Efforts to shift the narrative, inform, maintain, and increase public awareness around Missing & Murdered Indigenous People are being led by Indigenous people. The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence honors the past and current prevention efforts for Missing & Murdered Indigenous People. The crisis of Missing & Murdered Indigenous People should receive adequate response and prevention measures. Idaho is taking steps toward that end, including the Idaho Legislature passage of HCR033 on Missing Indigenous Persons to acknowledge and address the issue in the state. And much more needs to be done. Please join us and be part of this important effort.