*UPDATE: We welcome all Elders & Youth Conference participants, traveling and in town, to join us for a welcome reception on Sunday, October 16 from 12pm-5pm at the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center (101 Dunkel Street, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701)
This event is for Elders and Youth Conference participants who will get to engage prior to the main conference as follows:
12:30 - 2:30 Men's House & Women's House
2:30-3:30 Regional Breakout Groups
3:30-5pm Reception gathering (Dinner Provided although you are welcome to bring something to share)
“ANCESTRAL IMPERATIVE: Adapt. Unite. Achieve.”
Our 2016 theme speaks to how we as Alaska Native peoples adapt to our surroundings using modern and ancient tools, unite our collective knowledge and experiences together, all to achieve the dreams of our ancestors who have expressed an unwavering demand that we live by the principles and values of our indigenous life ways across all time. Our theme was crafted and selected through a collaborative process involving our statewide Elders and Youth Council, First Alaskans Institute staff and other members of our community.
We welcome all those seeking to strenghten and support indigenous values-based leadership skills among Alaska Native Youth, Elders, supportive adults.
Work with your tribes, local organizations and educators to meet expenses and to potentially gain academic school credit for yourself or your students.
Read more about our 2016 First Alaskans Institute Statewide Elders and Youth Conference at:
*NOTE - While FAI is a partner organization with Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN), we are hosting a separate gathering on Monday through Wednesday October 17, 18, 19. You can read more about the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) regarding their 2016 Convention from Thursday through Saturday October 20, 21, 22 at: