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First Alaskans Institute Update


First Alaskans Institute (FAI) is moving and shaking preparing for next week's Elders & Youth Conference.  The excitement and energy among staff, volunteers, presenters and participants is abundant.  Please see below for an update on the conference and additional information about FAI.


All of the information below and any other information, including live streaming, related to the Elders & Youth Conference is available at www.firstalaskans.org.

Date, Theme, and Keynote Speakers

This year the Conference takes place October 17-18th from 8am-5pm, and October 19th from 8am-1pm at the Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center. Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Preparing for the Future is the theme. Elaine Chooshaa Abraham, John Quniaq Baker, and Adele Argaitchiaq Solski, are the 3 featured keynote speakers and will each share their reflections on a section of the conference theme.

Watch the Conference Live

The conference will be aired live on: GCI channel 1, 360North, and ARCS -also  streaming live on our website. Please see the attached ad below and share it with your network, join us in person or tune-in! You won't want to miss it!  


Online registration closes on Friday, Oct. 14th.  Onsite registration will be available Sunday, Oct. 16th from 3pm - 5pm and Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 17th-18th at the Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center.

Door Prize Donations

It isn't too late to donate a door prize.  All should be delivered to our office no later than this Thursday, Oct. 13th.  Our address is 606 E Street, Ste. 200, Anchorage, AK 99501.  This is a great way to receive name recognition across the state. 

Volunteer Opportunities

There are several opportunities for you to volunteer at the conference: bag stuffing, setting-up at the Dena'ina Center, information/direction guides, registration, moving First Alaskans Magazine boxes (must be able to carry heavy boxes), and wheel chair service.

First Alaskans Magazine

Our first edition - the AFN Edition - will be available at registration during the Elders & Youth Conference and at the Fai booth on the 2nd floor during the AFN Convention.  Stop by either locations, say hello, and grab your complimentary copy before they go!  As mentioned above, we will be needing additional volunteers to move these boxes, they are heavy.  We will need help on Sunday, Oct. 16th,  and on Thursday, Oct. 19th in the morning.

Seattle Fundraiser & Reception

Please join us at a fundraiser to benefit First Alaskans Institute's efforts in developing the capacities of Alaska Native people and their communities to meet the social, economic, and educational challenges of the future on October 25, 2011.  It will be held at the Chinese Room at the Smith Tower, in Seattle, WA. United States Senator Mark Begich is our special guest.  Our host committee is made up of several community leaders in the area.  Please see the invitation below or our website for further details.

We look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks!



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