Learning opportunities from the department of Tribal Relations

Learning opportunities from the department of Tribal Relations

ICYF Conference Recordings Now Available

DCYF’s Office of Tribal Relations hosted its 4th annual Indigenous Children, Youth, and Families (ICYF) Conference on Nov. 1-2, 2023, which brought together caregivers, judicial personnel, caseworkers, and tribal partners. This year’s theme was “Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Future: Healing through Native Traditions and Culture.” A host of topics were covered over the two-day conference, from Washington State Indian Child Welfare (ICW) updates to a panel discussion on the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Washington courts system.

For those who were not able to attend the 2023 Indigenous Children, Youth & Families (ICYF) conference, recordings of the presentations are now available on DCYF’s YouTube channel: ICYF 2023 Playlist.


Conversation on Equity | Addressing the Behavioral Health Crisis

Dec. 7, 2023 | 12:30 – 2 p.m. | Virtual 

Region 10 states of AK, ID, OR, and WA confront a unique set of behavioral health challenges. These states exhibit some of the highest rates of substance abuse and addiction in the nation, influenced in part by isolation in remote and frontier areas, homelessness, economic disparities, workforce shortages, and limited access to treatment facilities.

Moreover, the prevalence of mental health issues, such as depression and suicide, is alarmingly high. It is imperative to address equity in behavioral health to diminish disparities and enhance the overall well-being of individuals in the region. To register: Meeting Registration – Zoom

mascottingLearning to Listen: Conversations for Change

Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change returns with three new conversations featuring inspiring leaders working on the frontlines of current and emerging issues for children and families. These conversations are for everyone who cares for and about babies and children, and the families, professionals, and communities that protect, nurture, and enjoy them.

Join on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 12 p.m. (PST) for a conversation with Indigenous filmmakers Ben West and Yancey Burns, and psychologist, Amy West about their new documentary, Imagining the Indian – The Fight Against Native American Mascoting. 

Register online for Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change.

Violence on Indigenous Lands is Violence on Indigenous Bodies and Futures

Wednesday, Dec. 6 2023, 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Register online

This webinar focuses on how Land/Environmental violence specifically impacts maternal and reproductive health, spiritual well-being, and emotional safety. Our presenter will describe the experiences and impacts their community and neighboring communities have endured and are still experiencing due to land violence. Our presenter will also share how Indigenous culture, teachings, and activism are a guide for a pathway to healing, health, birth sovereignty, and justice.

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