Federation of Natives annual convention starts later this week in Anchorage,
but before it kicks off, the annual Youth and Elders Conference begins Monday, presented by the First Alaskans Institute.
a handful of participants going, one of whom is Iver Malutin, the elders
advocate for KANA. He says working on prevention is always one of the top
priorities at the conference:
-- (AFN 1 32
sec "As you know with the ...
is saving dollars.")
says this year at the Youth and Elders Conference there will be an increased
effort to groom the Native leaders of tomorrow:
-- (AFN 2 29
sec "Alaska Native young
people ... we accomplished in the past.")
Nina (NINE-ah) Gronn is one of the youth delegates from Kodiak, and the youth
representative for the Koniag Corporation. She helped plan the Youth and Elders
Conference, and says in the past the convention has always been inspirational
to her personally:
-- (AFN 3 27
sec "Well, I brought back ...
it's just inspirational.")
preventing destructive behavior is something that was addressed in the planning
process for the conference:
-- (AFN 4 13
sec "Well, that was brought
up ... just think before you act.")
and Elders Conference is today (Monday) and tomorrow at the new Dena'ina
(d'NINE-ah) Convention Center in downtown Anchorage. AFN will be Thursday
through Saturday at the same place.