Every year, partners in the field of child and family advocacy and policy recognize the NICWA Protecting Our Children Conference as the pre-eminent gathering of child advocacy experts, practitioners, and advocates in Indian Country. As a result, our conference welcomes a number of concurrent events each year, from federal listening sessions, to adult adoptee gatherings, to children’s mental health meetings.
Below is information from the 40th Annual Conference. Information for the 41st Annual Conference coming soon.
Daughter of a Lost Bird Film Screening
Sunday, April 3, 2022
4:00 p.m. PT
In honor of our conference theme Homecoming: 40 Years of Protecting Native Children, and our first general session’s keynote presentation, “Homecoming: Our Journeys and Experiences,” we are pleased to invite you to a virtual screening of Daughter of a Lost Bird on Sunday, April 3, at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
About the film: Kendra Mylenchuk Potter was adopted into a white family and raised with no knowledge of her Native parentage. A beautifully personal film, Daughter of a Lost Bird, documents Kendra’s journey as a new mother to find her birth family and discover her Native identity.
How to watch: All conference attendees can find the link and password to watch the film under the “More” tab in the Attendee Hub. The screening link will be open at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, April 3rd, and remain open until Friday, April 8th.
Annual Membership Meeting
Monday, April 4, 2022
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. PT
The Annual NICWA Membership Meeting is a place of connection, celebration, and recognition and all current members are invited. This meeting will feature: Executive Director Sarah Kastelic will present what’s in store for 2022 and beyond, as well as the important role NICWA plays in the significant issues facing Indian Country such as addressing the history of Indian boarding schools and the Brackeen v. Haaland Indian Child Welfare Act case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this fall.
- Updates on the new slate of board members
- Recognition of NICWA’s Member of the Year
- And of course, door prizes!
National Day of Prayer for Native Children
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
7:30 a.m.–8:15 a.m. PT
As advocates for Native children gather for NICWA’s 40th Annual Conference, we invite Native communities and our partners nationwide to join together in a National Day of Prayer for Native Children. Please join us for this respectful gathering, or host a safe, socially distanced event in your community to demonstrate support for all Native children.
Post-Conference Training Institutes
Stick around after the conference to participate in our intensive training institutes. Learn how the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 remains among the most important federal laws guiding child welfare today. Or complete our Positive Indian Parenting train-the-trainer institute so you can return home equipped to offer this training to your community.