About the Training
The Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) is an almost four-decade-old proven model to assist communities to heal from the lasting impacts of colonization. One of the lasting impacts are the high suicide rates that continue to plague Native communities. Historical and intergenerational trauma is at the root of hopelessness and healing is the answer to trauma. This interactive three-day GONA will focus specifically on assisting communities to address suicide awareness, prevention, and healing from loss that communities face when dealing with individuals taking their own lives. The GONA follows four developmental phases and values of Belonging, Mastery, Interdependence and Generosity.
The four development phases
Who Should Attend
Staff members in tribal and urban communities who work in prevention, promotion of culture, social service programs, youth workers, behavioral health staff, tribal leaders and others interested in bringing healing as a tool to address suicide in Indian Country.
Registrants who are unable to attend may send a replacement participant at no additional charge. Please provide us with the name of the replacement before the training. If a participant is unable to attend and no cancellation is made prior to the training or replacement is made, the FULL amount of registration will be charged as a no-show fee.
About the Trainer
Marcus Red Thunder (Cree)
Marcus was raised on northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana and is a trainer and consultant with the Native Wellness Institute. He has over 20 years of experience in Native wellness with special emphasis on men’s, women’s, and youth leadership, experiential education and training with culture coordinators in therapeutic group home settings, cultural competency training, and healthy relationships training. Marcus is active in cultural, ceremonial and social activities and is a powwow announcer. He is the father of three sons and lives in Billings Montana.
Traveling to Suquamish.
From Seatac you can take a Taxi, Shuttle, Uber, or Lyft from the airport to the Seattle Ferry Terminal and then take the ferry Bainbridge Island, from the Bainbridge Island terminal there is a free Clearwater Casino shuttle to the hotel. See links below for more information and schedules.
You can also take the Link Light Rail from the airport to Pioneer Square and then just a short walk about 4 blocks to the ferry terminal. This is probably the cheapest way to get from the airport to the ferry terminal.
Seattle to Bainbridge Island Ferry Schedule:
For information about the hotel shuttle from Bainbridge Ferry Terminal.
Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort
15347 NE Suquamish Way
Suquamish, WA 98392
Discounted Room Rate: $94
Group ID: 15437
Mention the Native Wellness Institute to receive the discounted room rate. The cutoff date to receive the discounted room rate is March 18, 2019. After this date reservations will be honored on a space available basis at the hotel prevailing rate.
Native Art Gallery, featuring museum-quality works
Angeline Spa with seven treatment rooms
Zero-entry swimming pool, open year-round
Three Business Centers
Event Lawn, Fire Pit, Boardwalk and Terrace overlooking Agate Passage
Beach Access – During daylight hours and if weather permitting