AFN Convention Agenda & Events Offer Something for EveryoneAnchorage, Alaska -- This week the Alaska Federation of Natives released the first complete agenda for the group’s upcoming annual Convention taking place next week in Fairbanks. The three-day event will be jam-packed with panel discussions, presentations and workshops. This year’s Convention theme will be woven throughout the main Convention proceedings.
Agenda highlights include multiple open discussion sessions about "Village Survival!," as well as sessions specifically focused on different aspects of the event’s theme, from healthcare and education, to affordable energy and village economies. There will be two candidates’ forums on Friday afternoon. Off-agenda events such as the "Village Survival!" Photo Exhibit and AFN’s "Fab Lab" Demonstration, and the ever-popular Arts & Crafts Fair are also sure to draw crowds.
The AFN Convention is Alaska’s largest in-state gathering and attracts nearly 4,000 delegates and attendees from Native Corporations, regional nonprofit associations, government agencies and villages across the state, as well as national and international guests. All plenary sessions and other activities are open to the public. For individuals that cannot attend in person, there is statewide gavel-to-gavel television and web cast coverage. The broadcasts reach television viewers in remote homes throughout Alaska, and thousands of daily web viewers follow the Convention and Quyana (Native Dance Performances) through live web-streaming on the AFN web site. The AFN Banquet closes the three-day event each year, and attracts more than 1,000 of Alaska’s corporate, political and community leaders. The Convention also hosts the state’s largest Alaska Native/American Indian Arts & Crafts Show. The signature cultural event, Quyana Alaska, showcases traditional Native Dance Performances from across Alaska and draws sold-out evening crowds every year.
The Alaska Federation of Natives was formed in October 1966, when more than 400 Alaska Natives representing 17 Native organizations gathered for a three-day conference to address Alaska Native aboriginal land rights. It is now the largest statewide Native organization in Alaska. Its membership includes 178 villages (both federally-recognized tribes and village corporations), 12 regional Native corporations and 12 regional nonprofit and tribal consortiums that contract and run federal and state programs. AFN is governed by a 37-member Board, which is elected by its membership at the annual convention held each October. The mission of AFN is to enhance and promote the cultural, economic and political voice of the entire Alaska Native community.
Visit http://www.nativefederation.org/convention/ for regular updates about this year’s AFN Convention.
ALASKA FEDERATION OF NATIVES
1577 C Street, Suite 300
Anchorage, AK 99501
Posted: October 15, 2010