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2016 Elders & Youth Conference October 17-19, 2016 Carlson Center — Fairbanks, AK

The First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference is a dynamic convening that brings our Elders and Youth together to strengthen cultural continuity through inter-generational relationships that deepen their abilities to be leaders across Alaska and the world. This year marks the 33rd annual statewide convening and First Alaskans Institute continues to be honored to steward this gathering of our most precious community members.

The conference will be held on Monday through Wednesday, October 17-19, 2016, at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.




We welcome all Elders & Youth Conference participants, traveling and in town, to join us for a welcome reception we are referring to as a Warming of the Hands on Sunday, October 16 from 12pm-5pm at the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center (101 Dunkel Street, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701)

12:00 Welcome
12:30 – 2:30 Men’s House & Women’s House
2:30-3:30 Regional Breakout Groups
3:30-5pm Reception Gathering

We proudly announce Our 2016 Elders & Youth Conference theme:

“ANCESTRAL IMPERATIVE: Adapt. Unite. Achieve.”

Our theme speaks to how we as Alaska Native peoples adapt to our surroundings using modern and ancient tools, unite our collective knowledge and experiences together, all to achieve the dreams of our ancestors who have expressed an unwavering demand that we live by the principles and values of our indigenous life ways across all time. Our 2016 theme was crafted and selected through a collaborative process involving our statewide Elders and Youth Council, First Alaskans Institute staff and other members of our community.

We anticipate over 1,000 registered attendees this year, plus several hundred more supportive adults, exhibitors and community members. This is the largest gathering of its kind in Alaska, broadcast on television statewide and webcast across the world.

With support from the community each year, we connect youth participants with each other, experienced leaders, and Elders to strengthen their voices as advocates for positive change. The Conference helps to increase pride and knowledge-sharing through celebration of our Native peoples, communities, and cultures, and also helps increase the level of community partnerships across Alaska.

Elders & Youth 2016 Conference Registration
We invite you to now register for the conference at: http://2016eldersandyouth.eventbrite.com

Elders & Youth 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities
We would like to extend an invitation for you or your organization to be part of this incredible event by supporting our Elders & Youth Conference through a sponsorship. Full sponsorship opportunities are listed on our 2016 Elders and Youth Sponsor Form.



Enaa Baasee’, Doyshkin, Gunalchéesh, Haw.aa, Qaĝaasskung, Quyana, Quyanaq, Thank You Very Much to our 2016 Elders and Youth Conference Sponsors!

$20,000 + above – Elder Level










$10,000 – $19,999 – Leader Level







$5,000 – $9,999 – Mentor Level


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$2,500 – $4,999 – Teacher Level

Afognak Corporation
Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Donlin Gold
Ilisagvik College
Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska, Inc.
Sealaska Corporation
Tanana Chiefs Conference

$250 – $2,499 – Youth Level

Alaska Children’s Trust
Aleut Corporation
Foraker Group
Interior Regional Housing Authority
Key Bank
PIP Printing
Tatitlik Corporation
The Frances and David Rose Foundation
Usibelli Coal Mine
Wells Fargo



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Local Accommodations in Fairbanks
You can now visit http://www.afnfairbanks.com/accommodations to view information on the over 3,000 hotel rooms available in Fairbanks during Elders and Youth and AFN Convention week in October, 2016. Complimentary shuttle transportation will be available from select hotels, many are located close to public transit, or you can rent a car. Please contact the lodging property to make your reservation soon, and make sure to tell them you are coming for Elders and Youth AFN Convention week to receive the special rate.

Discounted Airfare Rate Available
Alaska Airlines has offered a 15% discount off all published fares to Fairbanks, Alaska from any Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air US and Canadian city during valid travel dates October 14-October 27, 2016 using discount code “ECMF53” on the “use discount code” section of www.AlaskaAir.com. You can read further about how to book online or over the phone HERE.

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