Tuesday, May 17th Keynote Speaker: Cherry Smiley
Cherry Smiley, from the Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) and Diné (Navajo) Nations, is an artist and feminist activist. She has worked as a front line anti-violence worker in a rape crisis centre and transition house for battered women and their children, and is a founding member of the unfunded activist group, Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry (IWASI). She speaks locally, nationally, and internationally on the issue of sexualized colonial male violence against Indigenous women and girls. She was won numerous awards for her work toward women’s liberation including the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case (youth) in 2013. She is currently in the Communications PhD program at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec, Canada where her research focuses on ending male violence against Indigenous women and girls.
Wednesday, May 18th Keynote Speaker: Barb MacQuarrie
Barb MacQuarrie is the Community Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women & Children in the Faculty of Education at the Western University. She develops and promotes evidence based education and prevention initiatives involving both community-based and university-based partners.
Barb has presented to a wide variety of audiences locally, nationally and internationally about gendered violence and strategies to address it. She has co-authored publications and produced films and online trainings on gendered workplace violence and harassment, domestic violence risk assessment and management, violence in the lives of girls, and violence on college and university campuses.
Barb coordinated the first national Canadian study on the impacts of domestic violence on workers and the workplace and she holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant to study the impact of violence on workers and the workplace internationally.
Barb is a recipient of the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest official honour, recognizing individual excellence and achievement.
- The Impacts of Intimate Partner Stalking for Women Targets: A Narrative Inquiry Analysis—Kim Zorn, M.A.
- The Development of a Trauma-Informed Group for Women with Complex PTSD—Lynn Thera (Manager- YWCA My Aunt’s Place & Kikinaw Residence and MSW Candidate, Faulty of Social Work, University of Regina)
- Working with High Risk Domestic Violence Victims : A Community Response—Jen Renwick (Family Service Regina Domestic Violence Unit)
- Canadian Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations— Jordan Fairbairn, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children , Faculty of Education, Western University)
- When the Inconceivable Becomes Undeniable: Sexual Violence in Intimate Relationships—Stephanie Langley, RN, BSN and Stephanie Carlson, RN, CFN, SANE-A
- The Link: Interpersonal Violence and Abuse and Animal Safekeeping—Tracy Knutson (Coordinator, STOPS to Violence); Frances Wach (Executive Director, Saskatchewan SPCA); Crystal Giesbrecht (PATHS)
- Current Best Practices in Saskatchewan Shelters & Services—Staff of Saskatchewan Domestic Violence Shelters & Services
- The Impact of Intimate Partner Violence in the Workplace—Barb MacQuarrie
- Working with Immigrant and Refugee Women—Kelsey Waldo, Neelu Sachdev, & Julia Hardy (Regina Immigrant Women’s Centre)
- Treatment for Intimate Partner Violence Offenders and Recidivism—Dawn Rain, MSW, RSW (SK), Coordinator, Response to Violence and Problem Gambling Program, Mental Health and Addiction Services
- Supporting Healthy Diversity—Joe Wickenhauser (Executive Director, Moose Jaw Pride Inc.)
Large Group Presentations:
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Trauma— Dr. Todd J. Sojonky, Ph.D.
- Be More Than a Bystander—Football Saskatchewan