About The UNITY National Conference

The National UNITY Conference is an impactful five-day youth-led annual event held every July in a pre-selected region of the U.S. About 2,500 Native youth and advisors are expected to attend the 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The National UNITY Conference complete with general sessions, regional caucuses, workshops, career/education fair, and fun evening activities provides hands-on leadership development activities and where the National UNITY Council conducts elections and its annual business meeting. The national conference is a place where Native youth voice is encouraged and valued. All activities are planned with safety in mind.

In addition, UNITY offers unique youth programming through its UNITY Fire and UNITY Drum. The UNITY Fire, which burns 24-7 during the annual conference and led by alumni fire keepers, is used for social and prayer purposes and has provided conference attendees an opportunity for support, healing and spiritual nourishment. The fire is meant for all beliefs and religions to share their “Good Medicine” with other participants. The UNITY Drum, also led by alumni, is an open drum with roots in the southern style of powwow singing. All youth singers are encouraged to bring their drumsticks to join in.

While youth leaders meet, advisors and adults who work with youth are also involved in intense training and networking activities. Adult training may include building rapport, peer-to-peer sharing, conflict resolution, approaches to youth work, and more.

Affiliated Youth Councils and individual members are eligible for registration discounts. Become a member today!

National Conference Agenda

7 am – 9 am            Registration

9 am – 10:30 am        Opening General Assembly

10:30 am – 10:45 am        Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm        Sessions 1 (5 breakouts)

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm        Lunch (on own)

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm        Sessions 2 (5 breakouts)

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm        Break

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Afternoon General Assembly

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm        Dinner (on own)

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm        Evening Activities/Evening General Assembly

8:30 am – 9:45 am        Morning General Assembly

9:45 am – 10:00 am        Break

10:00 am – 10:25 am        Speed Workshops 1

10:30 am – 10:55 am        Speed Workshops 2

11:00 am – 11:25 am        Speed Workshops 3

11:30 am – 11:55 am        Speed Workshops 4

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm        Luncheon & Program

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm        Afternoon General Assembly

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm        Break

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm        Sessions 3 (5 breakouts)

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm        Dinner (on your own)

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm        Cultural Exchange   

8:30 am – 11:30 am        Closing General Assembly

11:30 am – 1:30 pm        Lunch (on your own) / Departure

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm        Post-Conference Sessions (up to 5)



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