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The pandemic has not stopped Alaska Native people from celebrating their cultures, languages and ways of life. Elders and youth from across Alaska did just that, in a COVID-19 safe way this fall. They spent a few days together virtually at the 2021 First Alaskans Institute’s Elders and Youth Conference. After nearly two years of dealing with pandemic life, the time was used to connect. And, the U.S. government has finally acknowledged the dark history of Indian boarding school. A federal initiative has begun, which is investigating boarding schools. An Alaska Native boarding school survivor shares his personal story advocating for truth and healing.
Alaska’s Native Voice (ANV) 2021 is a two-part special, which airs during live coverage of the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Annual Convention. Hear stories and discussions with Alaska Native stakeholders and leaders, hosted by Antonia Gonzales of National Native News.