Red Lake to Host 13th Annual Youth Leadership Conference

A fashion show was among the events at the 2017 Youth Conference

Published April 18, 2018

Theme is “Healing Through Culture” 
RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION – The 13th Annual Red Lake Nation Youth Leadership Conference will be held Wednesday thru Friday, May 2 – 4, 2018, at Red Lake High School in Red Lake Minnesota. The conference theme this year is “Healing Through Culture.”
The conference will feature national and local presenters and performers, youth activities and banquet. Wednesday, Day One, will not begin until evening at 6 pm at the Red Lake Humanities Center and feature a fashion show, “The 1491’s” comedians, and a round dance social.
Workshops and presentations will be held from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Thursday and Friday. As usual, several workshops will occur simultaneously. Topics will include healthy relationships, healthy eating, wellness and food sovereignty, laughter and medicine, healing through culture, hand drum making, moccasin and medicine pouch making, moccasin game teaching, and Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers.

Red Lake Chairman Darrell G. Seki, Sr., opened the 2017 Youth Conference

In addition to the workshops, a banquet will be held Thursday evening at Seven Clans Casino Event Center at 6 p.m. And the ever popular hypnotist by Robert Johnston performs just before closing on Friday. (See attached agenda) 

Several schools in addition to Red Lake are invited to participate. Past participants have included youth from Leech Lake, White Earth, Bug School, Bemidji, Voyageurs, and others.

This is the thirteenth year that the Red Lake Tribal Council, tribal programs and other organizations have sponsored this great event for the youth of Red Lake Nation and others. All will join together to share knowledge in leadership skills, and to promote native values, tradition, and culture.

The impetus for the Youth Leadership Conference occurred after the formation of the Red Lake Nation Youth Council in 2006, after the Red Lake tragedy. The group began looking for ways to teach leadership skills, and to celebrate the accomplishments of the Nation’s youth academically and in other ways. Topics and organization is by Red Lake Youth. 
Photographs by Michael Meuers


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