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Who We Are

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.

Our Vision

Progress for the next 10,000 years…

Our Mission

True to identity, heritage, and values, Alaska Natives are informed and engaged in leading the decisions that shape the future.

Our Values

Native Knowledge

Operating Truths and Principles

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.

Download the 2017-2021 First Alaskans Institute Strategic Plan (PDF).

If you’d like information about our strategic plan, our strategic planning process, or want to share this work with others, please email us at [email protected]. We are happy to connect about it.

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