2019 Statewide Elders & Youth Conference

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Carlson Center

2010 2nd Avenue

Fairbanks, AK 99701

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Qaneryararput Yugtun Piniqerput/Qaneryararput Cugtun Kayuqerput"
(Language is our super power!)

FAIRBANKS, ALASKA


First Alaskans Institute’s 36th Annual Elders & Youth Conference (Elders & Youth) theme, “Qaneryararput Yugtun Piniqerput/Qaneryararput Cugtun Kayuqerput,” celebrates the beauty and importance of Alaska Native languages. This year’s conference will kick off with a Warming of the Hands pre-conference gathering on Sunday, October 13 with the main conference taking place October 14-16 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. Elders & Youth provides a special opportunity to make connections, reinforce identity and belonging, explore art and issues, and contribute to the greater community through the transference of knowledge between our generations.

The Elders & Youth theme, “Qaneryararput Yugtun Riniqerput/Qaneryararput Cugtun Kayuqerput,” fluidly translates to “Language is Our Super Power”, and honors how we are stronger with our languages. When spoken, they connect us to our Ancestors, our lands, waters and animals, provide healing, and instruct us in living our ways of life. Our languages reside within us and we are responsible for putting them to use for a stronger future; upholding this responsibility, First Alaskans will choose a different Alaska Native language each year to highlight with our theme. This year, we selected the Yugtun and Cugtun languages, spoken by Yup’ik and Cup’ik peoples of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region.

The Warming of the Hands gathering will be held on Sunday, October 13, featuring Men’s, Women’s, and LGBTQA+/Two Spirit Houses and regional breakout sessions. Chin’an: A Night of Cultural Celebration will be held on Monday, October 14 (also Indigenous Peoples’ Day) featuring the incredible talents of our community members who step up to share their gifts.

Our open call for proposals seeks dynamic presenters to tie the theme and purpose of Elders & Youth into inspiring workshops with active participation. We prioritize presenters who are open to collaboration as we work to craft an indigenized, thoughtful and exciting agenda. Our call for proposals will close on Friday, July 19.

Alaska Native language teachers, artists and culture bearers are encouraged to apply to share their knowledge during our Living & Loving Our Cultures workshops. Dance groups and performers are invited to apply to perform [link being edited] during Elders & Youth and Chin’an. Our calls for Alaska Native language teachers, artists, culture bearers, dance groups and performers are open until filled.

The early bird registration deadline is Friday, October 4 with full price registration continuing on through the Elders & Youth Conference. In response to past Elders & Youth resolutions and because many school districts value the rich learning experience of the conference, some do not count student attendance to Elders & Youth as an absence from school, contact your local school district to find out their policy. Registration is also available for the Community Hall tables for showcase exhibitors, artist vendors, and political campaign organizations and candidates.

Quyana cakneq to our 2019 Statewide Elders & Youth Council and other members of our community whose thoughtful contributions and ideas guide us each year to truly memorable conference experiences. We look forward to seeing you in Fairbanks this October!

Read more about our 2019 First Alaskans Institute Statewide Elders and Youth Conference at:
https://firstalaskans.org/leadership-development/elders-youth-conference/2019-elders-youth-conference/

*NOTE - While FAI is a partner organization with the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN), we are hosting a separate gathering on Monday through Wednesday, October 13, 14 & 15. You can read more about the 2019 AFN Convention taking place Thursday through Saturday, October 17, 18 & 19 at http://www.nativefederation.org/annual-convention/.

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