The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center (GLITEC) is thrilled to host the 3rd Annual Great Lakes Area Opioid Conference: Journeying Toward Wellness in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. This gathering is your opportunity to connect, learn, and collaborate with colleagues, community members, and professionals passionate about building wellness and resilience toward addressing the opioid crisis and other substance use concerns.


Meet Your Facilitators!

Don Lyons, MSW

Renowned speaker, trainer, facilitator, and leader Don Lyons, MSW, brings a wealth of experience and passion to empowering Indigenous communities worldwide. A citizen of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe with Six Nations Mohawk heritage, Don's journey began in Detroit, Michigan. Nurtured by the love and support of his family, including boarding school survivors, and guided by the vibrant urban native community, Don developed an unwavering connection to his Indigenous roots. His diverse background, encompassing a rich tapestry of cultures and experiences, has ignited a profound passion within him.

With over 15 years of expertise, Don has empowered hundreds of communities, organizations, and businesses across Indian Country and internationally. As a highly skilled facilitator, evaluator, trainer, coach, and leader, he leverages his lived experience, passion, and professional knowledge to support the self-sufficiency aspirations of Indigenous Nations.

Currently residing in East Lansing, Michigan, Don shares a joyful life with his beloved wife, Elizabeth, and their two incredible children, Niwiin and Sofia. His journey continues to inspire and empower, leaving a lasting impact on Indigenous communities around the globe.

Maria Trevizo

Maria (Tigua/Mexican) is a descendant of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas and the Purépecha of Mexico. Maria is an international speaker on resiliency-informed wellness and a Master Facilitator/ Trainer of The Gathering of Native Americans, GONA, curriculum and has worked in the human services field for over fifty years. She is trained as a Psychiatric Technician and Substance Abuse Counselor II. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Evergreen State College. Maria is a traditional Native singer and facilitator in the international wellness community. She helps youth, adults, and families rediscover their joy and beauty. As a facilitator, Maria coaches individuals, communities, and tribes in recognizing the resilience and strength gained from working as a healthy partner and team.

Maria works collaboratively with many North American tribes and Indigenous communities in the United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and Guatemala. Maria has served as a consultant to agencies and institutions such as the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Department of Justice, The US Department of Health and Human Services, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, The Center for Disease Control, and numerous colleges and universities in the United States, Australia, and Europe. Maria’s favorite work is the work she does with youth, women, and the Two-Spirit Community. Maria believes that by reclaiming our traditions and ceremonies, healing is restored.

Pre-Conference Trainings

Will be available after the conference.

Conference Presentations