Wakanyeja Ta Nagi Asniya Pi (Healing the Spirit of the Child, Youth and Family Conference)

December 16, 17, & 18, 2015
Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn * Rapid City, SD

Tiospaye Sakowin Education and Healing Center presents a professional development opportunity for individuals in the helping field. This year’s conference will focus on: “Utilization of Culture, Language and Life Ways to Impact Our Children’s Education”

To engage students effectively in the learning process teachers, instructors, counselors, social workers, administrators , substitutes and para-professionals must know their students and their academic abilities individually. When our students experience trauma, loss of culture, language and life-ways of the indigenous people it causes spiritual, emotional or psychological damage to our children. This in turn may cause them to adopt a set of behaviors or patterns of thinking that put them on a path for fur-their trauma.

The solution? By understanding where they come from and who they are, we can help students to find and value their own voices, histories, and cultures. Creating a culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, safe and supportive schools requires a mind-shift by teachers, administrators and school staff. It also requires holistic approach to the well-being of the student and to trans-form school culture by building a supporting infrastructure using the medicine wheel as the framework. Curriculum content and interventions can be altered to include the culture, language and life-ways of the Lakota People which will help our youth: identify who they are, how it impacts how he or she thinks, be-haves, and believes, and this in turn affects how faculty teach and learn. The culture, language and lifeways can and will be the heartbeat in how we educate our youth and can be incorporated into curriculum, instruction, and administration.

This conference is intended for service providers in: education, school staff, mental health, counseling, social services, social workers, youth program staff, juvenile detention staff and all others in the helping field.

Registration Fee: $300

Make Checks Payable to:
Tiospaye Sakowin
Attn: Cindy Giago
P.O. Box 100 Porcupine, SD 57772