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2013 Elders & Youth Conference
We Are Our Ancestors

Carlson Center
Fairbanks, AK
October 21 – 23, 2013
Invitational Dance at Elders and Youth Conference

First Alaskans Institute will host the 30th Annual Elders & Youth Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska. 

To gather more information to plan for your trip to Fairbanks, please visit www.afnfairbanks.com or www.explorefairbanks.com.

We will be posting updates about the conference as they become available.

Program Guide & Agenda

The view the complete program guide click HERE.

To view the agenda only, click HERE.


Elders, Youth/Students, Chaperones, Observers, Presenters, Arts & Opps Showcase Exhibitors and Arts & Opps Showcase Vendors can now register online for the 2013 Elders & Youth Conference: http://2013eldersandyouthconference.eventbrite.com.

Call for Volunteers

Each year the conference depends greatly on the support of our volunteers to help make the event a success!  If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer form HERE and submit as soon as possible.  Thank you!

Tickets on Sale NOW for Chin'an!

Chin'an is a Night of Cultural Celebration Featuring the Beautiful Talents of our Native Peoples from Throughout the State!  This event will be held from 7:00 - 9:00pm, Monday, October 21 @ the Carlson Center. Purchase tickets for $5 online HERE, at registration at the Carlson Center, or at the door the night of the event!

Talent includes: Minto Dancers, Cervarmiut Kinguliaret Yurartait, Trapper School Inupiat Dance Team, Gwich’in Athabascan Fiddling and Dancers, Mount St. Elias Dance Group, and special guests.




















Conference Theme

This year's theme is: We Are Our AncestorsAs we honor and remember our ancestors, we know that one day stories and legends will be spoken about us.  Today, we are ALL our ancestors!

The purpose of the gathering is to develop leadership in our Native youth, strengthened with the experience and wisdom of our Native Elders. For many young participants, the conference is their first opportunity to attend a statewide gathering and to engage in serious dialogue on issues relevant to Alaska Natives. Youth and Elders network with statewide organizations and individuals who are making a positive impact on our communities through Native traditions and modern technology alike.

Call for Door Prizes

FAI is now accepting door prizes to give away during the Conference.  To donate, please mail/drop off donations to one of two locations:

          First Alaskans Institute, 606 E Street, Ste. 200, Anchorage AK 99501

          FCVB Attn: Helen Renfrew, 101 Dunkel Street, Ste. 111, Fairbanks AK 99701.

Sponsorship Information

Please click HERE to learn about how you can support the conference through different sponsorship opportunities!

A special thank you to our 2013 Elders & Youth Conference Sponsors.


Leader Level - $10,000 



Mentor Level - $5,000     


Teacher Level - $2,500
Ilisagvik College
Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska, Inc.
Northerim Bank

Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention October 24th-26th
For information on the Main AFN Convention, Arts and Crafts tables, Quyana Tickets, and Banquet Tables, contact AFN at www.nativefederation.org.

For more information contact:
First Alaskans Institute
606 E Street, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 677-1700 phone
(907) 677-1780 fax

Download Publications

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2013 Elders & Youth Conference Agenda
Description: 2013 Elders & Youth Conference Agenda

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2013 Elders & Youth Conference Program Guide
Description: 2013 Elders & Youth Conference Program Guide

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2013 Elders & Youth Conference Sponsor Form
Description: 2013 Elders & Youth Conference Sponsor Form

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2013 Elders & Youth Conference Volunteer Form
Description: 2013 Elders & Youth Conference Volunteer Form

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