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First Alaskans Institute Annual Statewide Elders & Youth Conference

Woosht Guganéix (Lingit) - Let it be that we heal each other

October 15-18, 2023

Dena'ina Convention Center, Anchorage, AK 

Join us in celebrating 40 years of the Elders & Youth Conference. Our annual First Alaskans Institute Statewide Elders & Youth Conference (Elders & Youth) gathers over 1,500 Alaska Native Elders and youth to experience the intergenerational transference of cultural knowledge and strengthening of our collective advocacy. Held annually in October, just prior to AFN's Annual Convention, our conference is live-streamed and broadcasted on television, reaching all Alaskans and our friends and relatives throughout the world. 
Attendees are inspired by speakers, engaging cultural workshops, meaningful dialogues, and cultural performances that draw us into the drumbeats of our Ancestors. Connecting our Elders and youth is imperative to knowing and loving who we are and where we come from and remembering how to work in good relationship together. Elders, culture bearers, and community leaders experience the strength of our Ancestral knowledge and imperatives and learn ways to use this knowledge to improve our lives today. This conference fosters unity amongst the Alaska Native community and others who support this vibrant work and connects living treasures through all generations. We promote positive change and cultural action within our community by strengthening and solidifying our shared responsibility to others by celebrating who we are. The success for Elders & Youth is due to the continued support and generosity of our community. Please help us continue this deeply meaningful experience by becoming a sponsor and/or Community Hall exhibitor. 

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Community Hall

We create space within our conference for the sharing of Native arts, language, song and dance and other cultural offerings as well as exhibitor space for those interested in sharing their services and programs with our participants. The Community Hall space helps bring folks at their own pace to enrich our shared learning by drawing upon and passing on the knowledge of our Ancestors and opportunities that may be available to the participants. 
The hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on October 16 and 17. Space includes one booth (a six-foot skirted table), two chairs and a limited number of presenter registrations, access to limited wireless internet (high speed and dedicated internet may be at an additional cost). Depending upon demand, access to power (plug in for electronics) may be available for an additional cost. 

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today:

 Community Hall

Purchase Chin'an tickets and join us for a night of cultural sharing, Monday October 16, 2023, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Youth Level Sponsorships Any amount up to $2,499

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First Alaskans Institute
Contact Silugngataanit'sqaq Melissa Marton for questions, invoicing, or in-kind support.

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