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Elders and Youth playing 'Maq'; teaching the traditional value of humor

Elders and Youth playing ‘Maq’; teaching the traditional value of humor

Oct. 17th-19th, 2011
Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center
Anchorage, Alaska

Celebrate Alaska Native intellect. Encourage young people and Elders to attend the 28th First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference Oct. 17th-19th, 2011, in Anchorage. The conference stimulates dialogue between young people and Elders and encourages them to maintain traditional Native values and practices while thriving in the modern world.

To download the 2011 Elders & Youth Conference Report,CLICK HERE

To view photos of the 2011 Elders & Youth Conference,CLICK HERE.

To download the 2011 Elders & Youth Conference Guide,CLICK HERE.


All registration for the conference will be done online again this year.

Online registration closed on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011.  On-site registration will be available Sunday, Oct. 16 from 3pm – 5pm and Monday and Tuesday, Oct 17th-18th, at the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center.

Having Problems with Registration? Here are our FAQs:

  1. Why is it asking for a method of payment when I’m registering an elder?
    When registering an elder, chose any method of payment and click next. There will be three bubbles you can choose from. Once you click the elder bubble there will be no charge and you can continue registering.
  2. When I am paying with a purchase order, why does it still ask me for my payment information?
    Once you have entered your method of payment as a purchase order and enter the purchase order number, click next. On the next page there are two bubbles: check and credit card. If you click check you can continue on.
  3. How do I register all participants at one time?
    Unfortunately, you have to register each participant individually.
  4. When I list the youth names under the chaperone, does that mean they are registered?
    No, that is for our records to show who the chaperone is responsible for. You still need to register each individual.

Registration Fees

Opportunities Expo Registration Information

The First Alaskans Institute and Alaska Native Professional Association invite your organization to participate in the 2011 Elders & Youth Opportunities Expo.

The registration fee is $800 per table, which covers:

Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis- please secure your booth early.  Registration has closed.  If you have any questions, please contact Bridget McCleskey, Opportunities Expo Coordinator, at 907-694-5321 or via email at [email protected].

Volunteer Opportunities

First Alaskans Institute welcomes and appreciates any help that our community members are able to provide.

Call for Presentations

Thank you to all who submitted proposals.  The deadline for submission has closed.

Call for Dance Goups

Thank you to all who submitted proposals.  The deadline for submission has closed.

Call for Alaska Native Language Speakers

This Call for Alaska Native Language Speakers is to ensure that this happens in the positive, engaging, interactive, and fun atmosphere of the annual Elders & Youth Conference.  We are looking for persons or organizations wishing to facilitate a two hour language session featuring the actual learning of Alaska Native languages, thru language speaking, songs & dances, and/or innovative interactions such as games and activities. We are looking for at least one language speaker per region to lead these important sessions.

Please note the following:

The submission deadline was Monday, October 10, 2011.

Request for Bid for Conference Photography

Thank you to all who submitted bids.  The deadline for submission has closed.


Thank you to all who submitted resolutions.  The deadline for submission has closed.

Sponsorship Information

A special thank you to our 2011 Elders & Youth Conference Sponsors.

Leader Level – $10,000






Mentor Level – $5,000



















Teacher Level – $2,500

Association of Alaska School Boards
Chugach Alaska Corporation
Doyon Limited
Ilisagvik College
Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska, Inc.

Looking for Lodging?  Click here for the 2011 Hotel Matrix, courtesy of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention October 20th-22nd
For information on the Main AFN Convention, Arts and Crafts tables, Quyana Tickets, and Banquet Tables, contact AFN at www.nativefederation.org.

For more information contact:
First Alaskans Institute
606 E Street, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 677-1700 phone
(907) 677-1780 fax
[email protected]

Download Publications

(2176 KB)
2011 Final Guide
Description: 2011 Elders & Youth Conference Guide

(81 KB)
2011 Hotel Matrix
Description: 2011 Elders & Youth Conference and AFN Convention Hotel Matrix. Courtesy of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau.

(820 KB)
2011 Sponsor Form
Description: 2011 Sponsor Form

(391 KB)
2011 Volunteer Form
Description: 2011 Elders & Youth Conference Volunteer Form.

(275 KB)
Expo Registration
Description: Expo Registration

(1285 KB)
Presentation Bios
Description: 2011 Presentations Speakers Bios and Photos

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