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.