Gathering Of Native Americans (GONA)


St. Kateri Center of Chicago
3938 N. Leavitt
Chicago, IL 60618

Please join us for 3 days of community building!

Thursday May 18, 6-8pm; Friday May 19, 6-8pm; Saturday May 20, 10am-2pm

A GONA is a culture-based planning process where community members gather to address community-identified issues and concerns. It uses an interactive curriculum and facilitated process that empowers and supports communities taking action on serious issues affecting tribal communities, families, and youth. The GONA approach reflects AI/AN cultural values, traditions, and spiritual practices, and focuses on four important values:
Belonging – the GONA is structured to ensure
everyone feels welcomed in an inclusive, open,
safe, and trusting environment;
Mastery – the GONA is organized through a
topic-specific experiential process where
participants take honest inventories of how
historical trauma impacts their communities and
what has fostered their resilience and held them
Interdependence – the GONA initiates the planning
process to assess resources and relationships, and to
experience and strengthen interconnectedness through
experiential exercises; and
Generosity – the GONA exercise of creating gifts
to share with other participants symbolizes each
participant’s larger gift to their families and
communities in helping to address and prevent
mental and substance use disorders, prevent
suicide, promote mental health, or address other
focus topics.

We strongly encourage participation for all 3 days. Registration is required.

CLICK HERE to register