First Alaskans Institute helps develop the capacities of Alaska Native people and their communities to meet the social, economic and educational challenges of the future, while fostering positive relationships among all segments of our society. The Institute does this through community engagement, information and research, collaboration, and leadership development. First Alaskans is a non-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to advance Alaska Natives.
Progress for the next 10,000 years…
True to identity, heritage, and values, Alaska Natives are informed and engaged in leading the decisions that shape the future.
Operating Truths and Principles
Alaska Natives know best what is best for Alaska Natives
Alaska always has been – and always will be – a Native place
What is good for Alaska Natives is good for all Alaskans
Indigenous knowledge and science is a whole knowledge system in and of itself, equal to all others
We work to embody the strength and knowledge of our peoples, values, and cultures
We love who we are and we believe in our inherent right to exist as distinct societies of Alaska Native peoples in perpetuity
Strategic Priorities Guidance
We are responsible for carrying more than 10,000 years of ancestral knowledge into the future. With rigor, humor, resilience, healing, vigilance, and love, we seek to practice this in all we do in the world around us.
As an organization, we amplify the self-determination of our peoples and work to unify the collective strength of our community.
We prepare Native leaders so they can advance our collective vision of healthy, happy, thriving Native communities.
By stewarding strong relationships across the state and sharing our knowledge, Alaska will become universally recognized and valued as a Native place.
Through First Alaskans, we are honored to work alongside our community to perpetuate and care for our peoples, homelands, and ways of life.