The Conference of Young Alaskans, a University of Alaska project honoring
Alaska's 50th anniversary of statehood will be meeting early in the new year.
The conference was designed to promote discussion among young Alaskans from big
cities and small communities from across the state. Included among the 2009
conference delegates is one member of the Kodiak community. KMXT's Erik Wander
Knowles, an Alaska Native originally from Kodiak, who currently works for the
Alutiiq Native Corporation in Anchorage,
was chosen as the delegate to represent Kodiak.
sec "It's both an honor ... and
what things are.")
2009 conference coordinator Ian Michael Hebert described the origins, the
ongoing mission and objectives of the conference.
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across the state.")
Hebert identified the five topic areas of concern to delegates as energy,
the economy, education, natural resources and the environment and promoting healthy
communities. In order to qualify for the delegation, Knowles wrote an essay emphasizing
that improved communication technology increases Alaskans' responsibility to be
aware and active in decision making, as well as the need for access to health
care and education.
2 35 sec "I just want people to know ... the
state as a whole.")
The 55-member group will meet January 3rd to the 6th in
Girdwood to develop policy statements and proposed courses of action. The
delegates will represent the voice of Alaska's
next generation of leaders, and the gathering is intended to demonstrate the
potential and possibility of Alaskans putting aside their differences to work
together for the common good. I'm Erik Wander.