World Suicide Prevention Day Gathering
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ABOUT THE EVENT AND UNITY FIRE
“What is the UNITY Fire? A Seneca elder introduced the concept of a UNITY fire in 1995 for ceremonial and spiritual purposes. Each year since then, UNITY has ceremoniously kicked off its National UNITY Conference with the “Lighting of the UNITY Fire.” It burns continuously through-out the conference. At the fire youth and adults come together to share. Stories are told, songs are sung, prayers are offered and it is at the UNITY fire, where youth feel the safest to share what’s on their hearts. The UNITY fire allows us to Connect, Communicate and show that we Care. And as the world comes together for World Suicide Prevention Day, UNITY will host a UNITY Fire Night at UNITY’s Headquarters to share its significance with our neighbors near and far.
Our hope is for surrounding tribal communities and other UNITY youth councils to start hosting their own UNITY-Fires as a way of providing a safe place for community members to connect, communicate and show they care. Please join us for UNITY Fire Night on World Suicide Prevention Day at the UNITY Headquarters on Sept. 10, 2016.
Limited amount of seating is available so we ask you to bring your own chairs. RSVP is not necessary, however we would like an idea of how many to expect. If attending, please respond to this event or call Kayla Cromwell at the UNITY office 480-718-9793.
United National Indian Tribal Youth, UNITY Inc. is a national non-profit organization. The UNITY Mission is to foster the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native youth and to help build a strong, unified, and self- reliant Native America through greater youth involvement.