World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference

Reclaiming Indigenous Resiliency and Hope

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Overview

Conference Date:

July 22 – 25, 2024

Location:

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, Niagara Falls, NY

About WISPC

As our Native Nations continue to struggle with the preventing and recovering from the impacts of suicide amongst our people, the Seneca Nation hopes that the conference will be an opportunity for our sister nations to gather from across the world to share cultural-based approaches focused on combatting suicide.

As a result, this conference theme is:

Reclaiming Indigenous
Resiliency and Hope.

The WISPC 2024
Will Focus On:

  • Protective factors through building identity, resilience, and culture;
  • Reducing suicide risks; Life promotion
  • Sharing stories and knowledge; and
  • Showcasing wise practices on the spectrum forum of prevention and intervention encompassed by culture and Indigenous knowledge.

Seneca Nation

The Onondawaga (Onödowá’ga’, “People of the Great Hill”) live in what is known as Western New York. After preserving three territories in Western New York, the Seneca people developed their own constitution and elective form of government, officially becoming the Seneca Nation of Indians in 1848. Currently, The Seneca Nation is home to more than 8,500 enrolled members and consists of five territories including Allegany, Buffalo Creek, Cattaraugus, Niagara Falls, and Oil Spring. They are one of the six nations that make up the Hodinöhsö:ni’ (Iroquois Confederacy). A self-governing sovereign Nation that administers their own government, laws and economy pursuant to their constitution.

Throughout time immemorial, The Seneca Nation has faced many challenges, including forced removal from our ancestral lands, attempts at assimilation, and the impacts of colonialism. Despite these challenges, the Seneca Nation has remained resilient and has worked to preserve their culture and traditions. Today, the Seneca Nation continues to be a vital part of the Western New York Community and a leader in Native Nations self-governance, economic development, and natural resource conservation.

FAQ

The conference will take place Monday, July 22 – Thursday, July 25, 2024, at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, NY.
Visit the plan your stay page for additional details on travel and transportation.

Registration types and pricing can be found on the Registration Page.

Access to 3 days of conference content including general sessions and breakout selections

Continental breakfast, daily lunch, and (1) Gala dinner

Discounted hotel rate at the Seneca Resort & Casino or nearby overflow property

Artisan Market

Trade Show

Business Networking

Yes, continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks are included with registration for participants with a full conference pass. Breakfast and lunch will be provided Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Wednesday evening the conference will host a gala dinner. This dinner is also included with a full conference registration pass. host a gala dinner. This dinner is also included with a full conference registration pass.

No. Non-WISPC participants are not able to access conference spaces as they do not have a badge. If you are interested in dining with non-conference participants, there are other dining options available both on and offsite. 

You will have the opportunity to provide dietary requests or a special meal during the online registration process. Please identify yourself to a banquet server during breakfast, lunch, and the gala dinner. Please show your meal ticket to the server so the appropriate meal can be delivered to you. We are not able to accommodate onsite meal requests.

Refer to the registration page for the cancellation policy.

Conference Hotel

The group rate at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is $175 per night. You can make a reservation after completing registration. Instructions for booking your room will be included in your registration confirmation email.

Additional Hotel Options
 
Conference room blocks have been reserved at the following nearby hotels: Sheraton Niagara Falls, DoubleTree by Hilton Niagara Falls NY and Wingate by Wyndham Niagara Falls. Visit the Plan Your Stay page for booking instructions and links to secure the conference group rate.

Visit the Sponsors & Exhibitors page for information and to register as an exhibitor, artisan or sponsor.

Visit the Sponsor & Exhibitors page to view the conference prospectus.  You can also reach out to Kortney Keyes at Kortney.keyes@sni.org.

An outline of the agenda can be found on the agenda tab.  A detailed agenda will be provided soon and all session information will be provided in the onsite mobile app.

WISPC has closed applications for speakers for this year. 

Yes, complimentary wireless internet will be available throughout the Seneca Niagara Resort and conference area.

Please visit the plan your stay page to read about all the activities Niagara Falls has to offer. 

Health and Safety

The WISPC 2024 is fully committed to holding a rewarding 2024 event at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, NY. Our priority is always the health and well-being of our community. We are closely following the most current guidance from both the CDC and the World Health Organization. Our COVID-19 Safety Plan is a living document that will continue to evolve, as we work closely with Seneca Nation staff, and our vendors to create a safer experience for conference participants.

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