Strong Families for Strong Communities: Examples from Turtle Island

Family is the foundational institution for Indigenous Peoples and communities yet many policies and practices such as boarding schools and the Indian Act have undermined Indigenous families resulting in a legacy of abuse, intergenerational trauma, and large numbers of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). This presentation will describe the centrality of families for the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (North America), review policies and programs that have undermined Indigenous families, and discuss opportunities to support Indigenous families


Dr. Hilary Weaver (Lakota) Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion University at Buffalo (State University of New York)


Dr. Elaine Congress Associate Dean, Fordham University Board Member of UN NGO Committee on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Questions? Contact Elaine Congress at


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on the Family-NY, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit

Indigenous Healing Ways for Mental Health

The Indigenous Health Subcommittee is offering a side event during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Indigenous practices for physical and mental healthcare have always been used in their communities and there are now attempts to revive and promote them in the mainstream, even in the COVID-19 era.This panel will feature US-based and global young indigenous mental health professionals who will discuss the current utilization of traditional healing practices for mental health based on their experiences, and current research on effectiveness of indigenous treatment outcomes. It will foster dialogue between mainstream and traditional medicine practices, and their integration as the best way forward for mental health care services in general.

Join us on April 29, 12-2PM for an important discussion with our NGO Committee Members, Rick Chavolla (as the discussant) and Rashmi Jaipal (as the moderator), and our incredible panel of young mental health professionals, featuring:

  • Maria Crouch, MS, PhD(c) – Doctoral Candidate in Psychology at the University of Alaska and Pre-Doc Fellow at Yale School of Medicine, of Deg Hit’an, Coahuiltecan, and Scandinavian origin
  • Stefanie Gillson, MD – Public Psychiatry Fellow at Yale School of Medicine and Institute Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, of Dakota/Mdewakanton and Swedish origin
  • Kyle Hill, MPH, PhD – Psychologist and Assistant Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (Great Lakes Hub) and Bloomberg School of Public Health, of Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota origin
  • Ningsangrenla Longkumer, PhD – Assistant Professor (Psychology) and researcher at the North Eastern Christian University, Nagaland, India, of Naga origin

Hope you can join us! Register here:


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Mental Health, please visit

Webinar: COVID-19 Responses: Challenges and Strengths in Indigenous Communities

The International Council of Psychologists is pleased to offer an important 60-minute free webinar.

The inaugural presentation in this webinar series will focus on indigenous populations who are often marginalized in countries and regions around the world. Speakers from Brazil and the United States will address the challenges that indigenous peoples in their countries and regions have faced, as well as the strengths and steps that indigenous peoples are taking to address the physical and social-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about this event, please contact webinar chair Andrew Simon, PhD, PsyD, at

Featured speakers:

Hilary Weaver is Associate Dean at the University of Buffalo and a member of the American Indian Lakota tribe.

Fernando Pessoa is head of the Secretariat of Indigenous Health of the Brazilian Ministry of Health

Registration is required. To register:


CoNGO Notes: 
This event was recommended by the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, For more information about the Committee, including how to become a member, visit and inquire from its chair, Roberto Borrero, at