During this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Dr. Charlene Aqpik Apok — executive director and co-founder of Data for Indigenous Justice — will share the organization’s work to gather, steward, and decolonize data.
Decolonizing data is essential for social justice advocacy, especially when it comes to missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited people. Local, state and federal agencies including law enforcement have inconsistent methods in which data is gathered. This lack of accountability from agencies creates limited reporting and data sharing. There are incredible gaps in basic demographic information that have led to barriers in having accurate representation of the MMIWG2S crisis.
Data for Indigenous Justice uses multi-level strategies to address this issue. DIJ continually tracks and stewards MMIWG2S data in Alaska. The second strategy is advocating for systems level change. The third is having a healing centered approach to community engagement.
- Know broadly about the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous peoples.
- Understand some of the systemic gaps in data on this issue.
- Become familiar with strategies that Indigenous peoples are leading to address this issue.
- Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners
- Students and early career folks interested in these topics
- Community members, organizers, NGOs
Charlene Aqpik Apok, PhD, MA
Data for Indigenous Justice
- What are intersecting systems, besides data, that impact this issue?
- Similarly, understanding this as a systemic issue, what are some systemic solutions?
- Everyone can be a part of the solution, what can you and/or your organization do to help address the issue?
- Slides | Slide handout
- DIJ website with first Alaska-specific MMIWG2S report, We are Calling to You
- MMIWG2S Alaska Working Group FB Page
This webinar is supported by the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center.
Continuing Education Credits
Up to 1 CPH recertification credit may be earned by viewing this webinar. Visit the National Board of Public Health Examiners to learn more.