The Southwest Butterflies Retreat focuses on the resiliency of our Indigenous woman and LGBTQ2S+ people. The retreat will provide a space that holds a new initiative that is focused on connecting, challenging, and cultivating a cohort of Indigenous gender-queer youth that range between the ages of 16-25 years old to strategize on how to break the cycle of violence amongst our women, children, and LGBTQ2S+ populations in tribal communities.
It is our hope that the participants of our workshop will come away feeling supported, encouraged, and reenergized to continue to work towards youth-centered organizing and activism within their own Indigenous Nations. The workshop topics focus on the environmental violence, social justice, reproductive justice, resistance movements, and brainstorming pathways to support and continue to build solidarity to initiate systematic change and social justice within our Indigenous communities that stem from youth discussions.
Our hope with the Young Indigenous Queers Retreat is to create a space where critical dialogues can occur in an environment that fosters these conversations and actions in addition to holding space for a needed debriefing on trauma and healing.
“Unidentified Feminine Outline”
Art by: Alexis Estes – IAIA