Sunday, March 18, 2007

Alaska: Native Movement launches Indigenous leadership training


Contact: Cathy Rexford (907) 561-2975
Evon Peter (928) 213-9063

Native Movement launches the Arctic Institute for Indigenous Leadership, a yearlong training and networking program for Alaska Natives.

Anchorage, AK – On Friday, March 16th the Arctic Institute for Indigenous Leadership will begin accepting applications for it’s yearlong training program. The Institute is open to all Alaska Natives between ages 18-35 and applications are due by May 16th, 2007. There will be 30 participants selected for the first annual program from throughout Alaska.

The Arctic Institute for Indigenous Leadership was founded as a tool to bring together some of the state’s most innovative and inspired Indigenous minds. “We will be creating a space to build lasting relationships among young leaders and establish a foundation of knowledge and skills for addressing the many challenges our communities are facing,” states Evon Peter, Executive Director for Native Movement.

Participants will gather together over the course of the next year to strategically focus on creative and innovative approaches to revitalizing Alaska Native cultures, languages, and ways of living, while also addressing social, political, and economic challenges. The first gathering will be held in Anchorage beginning on August 24, 2007. According to Cathy Rexford, Alaska Director of Native Movement, “The Institute is the first of it’s kind and will be an incredible opportunity for young Alaska Natives to sit together to discuss what is going on in our communities and to learn from Indigenous leaders from throughout the State and beyond.”

The Arctic Institute is hosted by Native Movement with support from a growing number of young Alaska Native leaders and organizations. Shawna Larson, an Arctic Institute facilitator, who works for Alaska Community Action on Toxics and the Indigenous Environmental Network, states, "this Indigenous Leadership program as a way to network the next generation of leaders who will be bringing our cultures into the successes of our future."

You can download the application and find out more information at: www.nativemovement.org/alaska

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