I Got Flowers
Mariann, a long-time nurse and nursing instructor, lost her sister Shirley as a result of domestic abuse. For many years she led a seminar on the role of community health nurses and intimate partner violence, now she advocates for education on domestic violence in the hope that no one else will lose a sister, daughter or mother.
Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking
Priscilla Robert & Carrie Blaydon, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre
Priscilla and Carrie will discuss the realities of sexual exploitation. They will share the work of the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre’s Honoring the Spirits of our Little Sisters group home in providing safe space for our vulnerable children and youth and working to prevent sexual exploitation and trafficking.
Helping or Hurting: Policy in Action
Working with individuals and families who experience interpersonal violence (IPV) is important and challenging work. How do we know we are being effective? How can we be even more effective? To address the complex dynamics of IPV, we need to create an environment where it is safe to ask difficult questions, particularly related to everyday policies and practices. In this talk, the audience will be invited to consider if some of our policies and practices may inadvertently be contributing to the problem rather than to the solution.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
This session will cover mental factors involved in health as well as tools for decreasing stress and improving mental well-being.
Panel: Supporting Newcomer Women
Laura Strong, Regina Region Local Immigration Partnership; Laura McCusker, Family Service Regina; Bella Habib, Regina Immigrant Women Centre; & Pamela Ago, Regina Open Door Society. Moderator: Janet Tzupa, YWCA Regina.
This panel will cover connecting with newcomer women, cultural differences, legal and policy issues, and suggestions for effectively supporting newcomer women who are experiencing intimate partner violence.
Valuing Yourself– Caring for Your Worth
Deana Struble & Tracy Knutson
People in helping professions often use our skills and knowledge to benefit others, forgetting about our own wellbeing. This session will cover how understanding your values, your gifts, and personality are at the core of discovering your self-worth and how this understanding can lead to breaking patterns of learned behavior based on past experiences. Learn tools and skills to immediately improve your wellbeing – you’re worth it!
Michel Sorensen, Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism
Age-Friendly is a global movement of communities where policies, services, settings and structures support and enable people to age actively and age in place.
Response Base Practice with Victims of Family Violence and Abuse
Linette Soldan & Mandy Robinson, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
This workshop will provide a brief overview of our seamless delivery of services for women and their families experiencing family violence and abuse as well as the overarching concepts of response base practice and how it looks in every day counseling environment.
Acknowledging your Privilege as a Service Provider
Lori Deets, Moose Jaw Transition House
The goal of this session is to help service providers understand why it is so important to acknowledge their privilege when working with all types of women. This session will include discussion of reconciliation and Indigenous issues and understanding how our biases and beliefs hinder our work.
In a Violent Home, Everyone is a Victim
Leanne Sillers, Saskatchewan SPCA
Research demonstrates a strong connection between interpersonal violence and animal cruelty. When people are being abused, animals in the home may be at risk; when animals are being abused, people may be at risk. Animal safekeeping programs are a vital step in protecting both people and animals.
Laura Budd, Saskatchewan Pride Network/Moose Jaw Pride & Janet Tzupa, YWCA of Regina
This session will cover welcoming gender and sexually diverse women, families, and staff into gendered space. This will be an update on the current Safer Transitions project, goals, learnings, and future directions.
Motivational Interviewing and Trauma-Informed Work
Lynn Thera, YWCA of Regina
The session will discuss what Motivational Interviewing is, how it can be used in domestic violence work, and how it connects to trauma-informed work.
What is the Fear? LGBTQ2S Youth Housing
Rachel Loewen Walker, Tyler Stewart, & Tiffany Strachan. Moderated by: Krystal Nieckar, OUTSaskatoon Inc.
This panel brings together stakeholders in queer and trans housing in Saskatchewan. The discussion will focus on gaps, needs, and why there continues to be resistance to gender-diverse housing.
Domestic Violence Advocate Case Review
Sunny Marriner, Executive Director of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
This presentation will outline the development of a Canadian framework and toolkit for advocate case review of police sexual assault investigations based on the Philadelphia model. Sunny provides consultation, implementation and review team support to advocates, police services, and policy makers in Ontario and across Canada as part of a three-year federally-supported project to pilot the Canadian case review framework (VAW Advocate Case Review – VACR) in communities across Ontario and Canada.
Tracy Knutson & Janell Rempel, STOPS to Violence
Kids Matter is a puppet based education program that teaches kids about abuse prevention and is available to communities across Saskatchewan.
Domestic Violence at Work- Practical Action to End Violence Against Women
Lori Johb, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour & Andrea Howe, United Way of Saskatoon and Area
This session will cover findings from the Canadian Labour Congress and Western University survey on Domestic Violence and the Workplace, learn how domestic violence impacts workers and workplaces, discuss our role in keeping women safe at work, and develop strategies for making a difference through education, public awareness, and political action.
Removing Barriers to Service: The Journey to a Trauma-Informed Shelter
Janet Tzupa, YWCA of Regina
This session will outline the steps that YWCA Regina has taken to incorporate Trauma-Informed Care into everyday shelter work and service delivery, as well as Trauma-Informed shelter processes, what the YWCA has learned, and what is next.
Creating Workplace Awareness: Cultural Protocols
This session will introduce cultural protocols, including gifts of tobacco and offerings, and the role of Elders. Attendees will learn how cultural protocols are customs and ancient guidelines and a critical framework for respectful engagement with Indigenous peoples and groups.
Shelwin House- Rural Outreach Program
Nicole Prince, Yorkton Women In Need – Shelwin House
The Shelwin House Outreach Program is an extension of Shelwin House that offers prevention and education and assists in violence and prevention strategies in communities.
Community Safety and Well Being
Gina Alexander & Mari Petroski, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice
This session will discuss collaborative partnerships between communities, service delivery partners, and governments to focus on shifting from reactive, incident-driven responses to risk mitigation, prevention, and social development.
Closing Panel: Applying Evidence to Prevent Violence
Chief Evan Bray (Regina Police Service), Sunny Marinner (Executive Director, Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre), Jo-Anne Dusel (Executive Director, PATHS), & Crystal Giesbrecht (Director of Research and Communications, PATHS). Moderator: Roz Kelsey, University of Regina.
Panelists will discuss evidence and best practices in violence-prevention strategies, including domestic violence death review panels, domestic violence risk assessment, police responses to domestic conflict, and the role of advocates in reviewing domestic and sexual violence cases in the justice system.