More than 200 young people from Treaty 7 First Nations got together this week east of Calgary for a conference designed to help them achieve their goals.

The annual Run as One event on the Siksika Nation lets aboriginal youth meet with elders and express their culture in music and performance workshops. It’s part of the Siksika Nation Youth Awareness Week.

Richard Running Rabbit, one of the organizers, said success starts for the participants with understanding where they came from.

“They're walking two different paths in this world and they're going back and forth. So we really want to give them that reinforcement as they move along their path,” he said.

“It is a sense of identity for them. There's so many distractions that come with technology, with social media and so forth, that we get lost in a lot of ways.”

Hannah Breaker, 18, has attended the event for eight years and says knowing her culture is key.

“Especially being a First Nations of Canada, you do have a lot of decisions and that's all put on you and going out in the big world and presenting yourself,” she said.

Breaker is going to SAIT this fall and has plans for university later on, she said.

The Run as One conference wraps up Wednesday night.