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AFN Convention set for Oct. 18-20


Oct. 13 Update: Live coverage schedule

The 2012 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention and First Alaskans Institute’s Elders & Youth Conference in Anchorage this week will be broadcast statewide live on GCI Channel 1, ARCS and 360 North. Gavel to gavel coverage is also available on-line by going to each organization’s respective website.

Elders & Youth (First Alaskans Institute)
Monday, Oct. 15
Conference 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cultural Event 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16
Conference 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
AFN Convention
Thursday, Oct. 18
Convention 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Quyana I 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19
Convention 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Awards Luncheon 12 Pm - 1 p.m. (Live From Egan)
Quyana Ii 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Convention 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Blueberry Productions of Anchorage is producing the in-depth coverage, which includes interviews and analysis and features two nights of Quyana, a cultural event with the best in Native Dance and music. Sharon McConnell and Anna Sattler will host. The live webcast includes a popular chat room.

The events will be streamed on (for Elders & Youth) and (for AFN).

The 2012 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention is slated for Oct. 18-20 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage and will focus on “Success Beyond Barriers.”

“This year’s convention theme recognizes our Native communities’ achievements in context,” announced AFN President Julie Kitka. “It’s about our peoples’ repeated success at overcoming barriers and finding ways to thrive beyond the challenges that persist, especially in rural Alaska.” She further stated, “AFN is very pleased to announce an exciting and extremely credible keynote speaker, Carol Wren — we are all very much looking forward to hearing and discussing her ideas.”

Wren is the Director of Employment and Training Services at Cook Inlet Tribal Council. She is Alaska Native of Inupiaq heritage, who grew up and went to school in Dillingham. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s degree in vocational education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is married to Eric Wren and has two children, Jade (6) and Kenny (3).

Wren is a recognized leader in the development and implementation of innovative and effective training and employment programs for Alaska Native adults and youth. Over the past decade, she has been instrumental in establishing Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) as the primary workforce development, employment and training center for Native people in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest Native community.

Wren has dedicated her professional life to improving the lives of whole families by helping to establish financial independence through stable employment, job training, education, and coaching that increase opportunities for parents and their children. She has been instrumental in developing an integrated approach to services and training by providing a single locus of opportunity for job-seeking youth and adults.

Visit Wren’s profile on the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s 2012 “Top Forty Under 40.”

The 2012 AFN convention agenda will boast a wide array of speakers, from government and national representatives to Native leaders. Other event highlights will include:

• A statewide Tribal Leaders Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 17

• Two nights of Alaska Native traditional dance performances called Quyana Alaska

• Three days of the state’s largest Alaska Native Customary Arts & Crafts Show

• A major exhibit fair of corporations, nonprofits, federal/state agencies and educational institutions who partner with the Alaska Native community

• A highly interactive health fair with multiple health entity sponsors, including the Center for Disease Control, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and others

• AFN’s Annual President’s Awards for outstanding achievements

• AFN’s formal closing reception and banquet

This year, five major convention-wide will cover such areas as the Native community’s relationship with the State of Alaska; Energy for Developing our Economies; Partners for Economic Growth; Strong Native Peoples — In Body, Spirit & Mind; and Educational Reform — Our Vision for the Future of Education.

Each year, the AFN convention attracts nearly 4,000 delegates and attendees from Native corporations, regional nonprofit associations, and village across the state, as well as national/international guests. The gavel-to-gavel statewide television coverage reaches homes throughout Alaska. Thousands of daily web viewers from Alaska, the Lower 48, and around the world follow the convention through live web streaming on the AFN website.

The Alaska Federation of Natives was formed in October 1966, when more than 400 Alaska Natives representing 17 Native organizations gathered for a 3-day conference to address Alaska Native aboriginal land rights. It is now the largest statewide Native organization in Alaska. Its membership includes 178 villages (both federally-recognized tribes and village corporations), 12 regional Native corporations and 12 regional nonprofit associations and tribal consortiums that contract and run federal and state programs. AFN is governed by a 37-member board, which is elected by its membership at the Annual convention held each October. The mission of AFN is to enhance and promote the cultural, economic and political voice of the entire Alaska Native community. Visit for regular convention updates.


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