Home Alaska Native Policy Center Leadership Development Community Investments
  About Us  |  Census Information Center  |  Community Spotlight  |  Donate  |  Library  |  Links  |  Newsroom  |  Opportunities

Elders & Youth Conference October 16-18, 2017
Dena’ina Center — Anchorage, AK

The First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference is a dynamic convening bringing our Elders and youth together to strengthen cultural continuity through inter-generational relationships which deepen their abilities to be leaders across Alaska and the world. This year marks the 34th 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 16-18, 2017, at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska, with a Warming of the Hands Pre-Conference on Sunday, October 15.

We proudly announce our 2017 conference theme “Part Land, Part Water – Always Native.” which speaks to how our identity as indigenous peoples is informed by our deep connection to our lands and waters, no matter where we live, and recognizes that Alaska always has been – and always will be – a Native place.  Our theme was crafted using the thoughtful contributions and ideas of our 2017 Statewide Elders & Youth Council, FAI staff, and other members of the 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.

Download the resolutions 17-01 to 17-07 (PDF) passed at the 2017 Elders & Youth Conference and by the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Download Chris Apassingok’s speech (PDF).

Enaa Baasee’, Nt’oyaxsism, Gunalchéesh, Haw.aa, Qaĝaasskung, Quyana, Quyanaqpak! Thank you very much to our 2017 Elders and Youth Conference Sponsors!

Elder Level – $20,000 + above



Leader Level – $10,000 – $19,999     



Mentor Level – $5,000 – $9,999



conoco logo






Teacher Level – $2,500 – $4,999
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
Alaska State Council of the Arts
Alaska Pacific University
Donlin Gold
Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.
Kawerak, Inc.

Youth Level – $250 – $2,499
Afognak Native Corporation
Aleut Corporation
Alaska Children’s Trust
APICDA (Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association)
Talking Circle Media
The Foraker Group
Usabelli Coal Mine

Special Thanks
Quyana to The CIRI Foundation for partnering with FAI to support our Living & Loving Our Cultures Workshops.



2017 First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference Keynote Speakers celebrate our Native identity, our relationship with our homelands, and living our Ways of Life. (PDF)

Thank you to all of our volunteers, presenters and planners!