Midyear Conference Breaks Attendance Record
Assembled around the theme Creating Balance Through Traditional Wellness, attendees participated in four days of speakers and activities which offered insight and ideas for living balanced, healthy lives while embracing tradition.
In addition to this year’s activities, two new items were added to the agenda: Speed Workshops and the UNITY Fire.
The Speed Workshops provided an interactive method in which to learn, share and participate in a smaller, more focused group session. Conference attendees chose from three 30-minute workshops. UNITY Peer Leaders were stationed at tables throughout the room as facilitators. Topics ranged from college life, cultural preservation and personal finances to food sovereignty.
An annual tradition at the National UNITY Conference, the UNITY Fire was introduced at this year’s midyear gathering. The concept of the UNITY Fire was introduced by the late Haudenosaunee elder Warren Skye, known to UNITY youth as Grandpa Skye. He taught that whenever tribal nations come together to conduct business or have ceremonies, there is always the use of a fire along with prayer to keep our words and actions positive and harmonious. The UNITY Fire offered participants a time for prayer and meditation.
Support for the 2017 UNITY Midyear Conference was provided by sponsors including Arizona State University’s American Indian Initiatives (who also sponsored the Career & Education Expo), Bank of America, APS, Cook Native American Ministries, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Health Choice Integrated Care, and the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
Program support was provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program, supporting the Today’s Native Leaders Program, and the W.K. Kellog Foundation, supporting the Wellness Warriors Program.
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