Training


As a successful Alaska Native corporation, Doyon is continuously striving to build leaders within our company and with our shareholders. We’ve created Doyon Leadership Training (DLT), a thoughtfully structured program that invests in the leadership potential that exists throughout the Doyon region.

Outstanding leadership creates an atmosphere of inspired performance. It is equal parts professional and personal development. It arises when individuals deepen and stretch the authentic expression of who they are and the skills they possess.

Structured around these ideas, DLT aims to build leaders among our own ranks. The strategically designed program includes:

  • Immersive full-day training sessions
  • Reading assignments and responses
  • Short assignments
  • Participation in teleconferences
  • One-on-one coaching sessions
  • Mentorship relationships
  • Presentation of an original project to Doyon leadership

To download the 2019 DLT application, please click here. The deadline to submit an application is September 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. AKDT.

2019/2020 DLT participants are expected attend all training sessions scheduled, October 2019 through May 2020.

The 2019/2020 training schedule is as follows:

  • Module 1: October 24 – 26, 2019
  • Module 2: December 12 – 14, 2019
  • Module 3: January 30 – February 1, 2020
  • Module 4: March 12 – 14, 2020
  • Module 5: April 29 – May 1, 2020

To learn more about Doyon Leadership Training, please contact shareholder outreach at 1-888-478-4755 ext. 2085 (toll free), 459-2085 (in Fairbanks) or outreach@doyon.com.

DLT 2019-2020

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Women in the Trades training coming up in Fairbanks! These classes are FREE, and applicants do not need experience.

Apply online at www.alaskaworks.org.

 

Mission

The Northern Alaska Indigenous Leadership Academy (NAILA) will help to address Alaska Native community-based wellness and sustainable development through investment in transformative training of local leaders.


Core Partners

NAILA will be administratively housed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) College of Rural and Community Development and led through a partnership with Ilisagvik College in Barrow and the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development at UAF.


Approach

NAILA endeavors to build an integrated learning and career development community that explores qualities of Indigenous knowledge and leadership, increases knowledge of healing and wellness, draws insight and wisdom from elders and experienced leaders, and builds a foundation for community sustainability. Indigenous values and educational methodologies will be central to the Academy program and curriculum.


Goal

NAILA will engage a new generation of Alaska Native leaders and provide them with leadership skills to promote community development from within. Participants will become part of a peer network that will continue to foster organic dialogue, partnership, and initiatives, as well as connect them with future opportunities to advance their skills and education.

Click HERE for more information or to apply.

The Inspire Leadership Academy is excited to announce an Academy in Anchorage! The dates for the academy will be:

October 13, 14, 15
December 1, 2, 3
January 19, 20, 21
March 9, 10, 11
April 27, 28, 29

The cost is $2,700 and they are looking for 20 participants to fill the seats in order to be able to conduct the academy. You can find more information on the academy and registration information at www.inspireleadershipacademy.com or call Tracy Snow, Owner and lead facilitator, at (907) 322-9644 if you have questions.

Start a New Career in IT!

Per Scholas IT Support training offers CompTIA A+ certification and prepares you to fill a wide range of entry-level technology jobs including Help Desk Analyst, Desktop Support Technician, Field Technician, Junior Project Manager and many more. This training is free for participants.

Click below for more information on how to apply.

Considering a career in truck driving? Are you highly motivated? Do you have a solid work ethic? Are you willing to learn?

This opportunity is extraordinary! The Alaska Teamsters are accepting applications for their Construction Truck Driver Apprenticeship program! The deadline is May 19th, so visit their website for all of the information you need to apply!

http://www.akteamsterstraining.com/Construction-Driver.html

Alaska State Trooper and Alaska Wildlife Trooper applications will be opening soon. In the meantime, schedule your written test today! Alaska residents have three testing dates available to them this month. They are Nov. 15 in Anchorage, Nov. 17 in Soldotna, and Nov. 18 in Fairbanks. Go to www.publicsafetytesting.com to register. The in-person written exam must be taken BEFORE you can apply to be an Alaska State Trooper or Alaska Wildlife Trooper. If you are located out of Alaska and need to register for your written exam please visit: https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/outofstate.

Fight fires this summer! Take your red card class at UAF Interior Alaska Campus. The class runs from 8:30 a.m.-5:30p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, May 7-22 at UAF Harper Building located at 4280 Geist Rd in Fairbanks. The cost is $150. For more information come by and see Josh or call 474-5958 or see Nick or call him at 474-2765. Visit www.uaf.edu/iac.12513662_1099005846809893_984345315646938056_o

By Allan Hayton

Doyon Foundation Language Revitalization Program Director

Evan Gardner and Susannah Ciotti returned to Fairbanks for a month-long series of Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) workshops, hosted by Doyon Foundation in January. The WAYK system is a comprehensive method for revitalizing endangered languages and skills.

Athabascan languages, as with all Alaska Native languages, are endangered, some with only a handful of speakers. As we are losing more and more first language Athabascan speakers, it is important to find engaging ways for young learners to begin picking up the languages.

WAYK is a fun method for beginning learners, using sign language to avoid the use of English in the learning setting. Many of the signs, or techniques, such as “angel on your shoulder,” “mumble,” “slow down,” and “again” are geared toward beginning learners and the challenges they face. WAYK trainings give a good picture of what language revitalization looks and feels like by bringing together elders and speakers with new learners. It is always a great experience seeing people light up when they learn something new about their language.

Day-long refresher/introduction workshops were held focusing in on three languages: Gwich’in (January 2 in Fairbanks); Lower Tanana (January 16 in Fairbanks); and Upper Tanana (January 23 in Northway). Following the workshops were daily classes in each of the three languages. There were also participants from other Athabascan languages, as well as Ahtna and Alutiiq languages. Doyon Foundation assisted Grant Rebne gather 14 Ahtna Language Learners (ALL) for a language workshop. Providing the space is a great way for Doyon Foundation to help out another language revitalization effort.

The January 2 workshop was a great success, and in the follow-up sessions Evan and Susannah worked closely with Effie Kokrine Charter School language instructor Kenneth Frank on employing WAYK in his classroom. They also visited the Diiginjik K’yaa Ch’atoh Language Nest and Lower Tanana sessions with Sarah Silas at Denakkanaaga’, providing community organizing tips for each of the sites and language events they visited.

The month of WAYK workshops brought together the key teachers and perpetuators of culture and language learning in their communities, and there were many highlights. I was especially moved to see the people of Nenana and Minto coming together in the January 16 Lower Tanana workshop. It was also great having Lower Tanana and Gwich’in groups meeting together as one before dividing into focused language learning groups. This was also the first time Doyon Foundation has held a WAYK training in a rural community, Northway. In addition to the sessions at the Youth Center, WAYK was brought to the school where young students were led on “language learning walks” through the school.

It was a very good month, and we are happy for all those who attended. It is their participation that made this series of WAYK workshops a great success. Photos from the January workshops have been posted to the Doyon Foundation Facebook Page.

The staff of Doyon Foundation worked as a team on the 2016 WAYK series of language learning and teaching workshops. I would like to express my gratitude to the staff for their assistance on promotion, making phone calls, sending emails, organizing, making moose soup, and sacrificing a couple of Saturdays for these workshops.

Mahsi’ choo ts’a’ gwiinzii adak’ohtii, thank you and take care.

Doyon Foundation is hosting a Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) language workshop in Northway at the Naabia Niign Youth Center on January 23, followed by a series of daily sessions January 24 – 27. You must be registered to attend, and the RSVP deadline is January 20. Download the flyer to learn more, RSVP online, or download the registration form.

You may choose to attend either the workshop or the daily sessions, or both. However, we request that workshop participants commit to staying for the entire workshop to receive the full benefits. Please note that the daily sessions are focused on Upper Tanana, but open to all.

The workshops are free and open to anyone interested in learning or teaching Native language, with a focus on Doyon, Limited shareholders and Doyon region tribal members. Non-shareholders should contact the Foundation before registering.

For more information, contact 907.459.2048 or stickmans@doyon.com. Remember – you must be registered to attend and the RSVP deadline is Wednesday, January 20. RSVP online, or download the registration form.

Join us to learn, to teach, to play – and to revitalize our Native languages! Doyon Foundation is hosting a Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) language workshop on January 16, followed by a week-long series of daily sessions. You must be registered to attend, and the RSVP deadline has been extended to January 13.

The January 16 workshop is focused on the WAYK method, while the daily sessions will focus on using the WAYK technique to learn language. The series will be focused on the Lower Tanana language, but open to all. You may choose to attend either the workshop or the daily sessions, or both. However, we request that workshop participants commit to staying for the entire workshop to receive the full benefits.

The workshops are free and open to anyone interested in learning or teaching Native language, with a focus on Doyon, Limited shareholders and Doyon region tribal members. Non-shareholders should contact the Foundation before registering.

Register online now for the January 16 Where Are Your Keys workshop!

The RSVP deadline for the January 2 Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) language-learning workshop has been extended through Thursday, December 31. Learn more and RSVP now!

Doyon Foundation will host two free language-learning workshops in Fairbanks in January. The workshops are based on the WAYK technique, which is one of the most rapid and effective tools for learning language.

Workshops, which will be held at the Doyon Industrial Facility in the Doyon, Limited meeting room at 701 Bidwell Ave. in Fairbanks, include:

  • January 2, 2016: No Pressure WAYK Refresher, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Class will be focused on the Gwich’in language but open to all. RSVP by December 31.
  • January 16, 2016: No Pressure WAYK Refresher, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Class will be focused on the Lower Tanana language but open to all. RSVP by January 11.

Based on the belief that “By learning, you will teach. By teaching you will learn,” WAYK is appropriate for anyone interested in learning or teaching their Native language, whether a first-time learner or a fluent speaker.

In addition to the one-day workshops, a week of daily sessions will be available after each refresher. In these daily sessions, instructors will give in-depth, hands-on assistance to learners and speakers covering WAYK techniques. It is not required to attend the refresher to attend the daily sessions. See the daily session schedule on the RSVP form.

For more information or to RSVP for the workshops, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact stickmans@doyon.com or 907.459.2048. To learn more about the Where Are Your Keys language learning and teaching method, visit www.whereareyourkeys.org.

Doyon Foundation will host two free language-learning workshops in Fairbanks in January. The workshops are based on the Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) technique, which is one of the most rapid and effective tools for learning language. View the flyer or RSVP to attend.

Workshops, which will be held at the Doyon Industrial Facility in the Doyon, Limited meeting room at 701 Bidwell Ave. in Fairbanks, include:

  • January 2, 2016: No Pressure WAYK Refresher, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Class will be focused on the Gwich’in language but open to all. RSVP by December 28.
  • January 16, 2016: No Pressure WAYK Refresher, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Class will be focused on the Lower Tanana language but open to all. RSVP by January 11.

Based on the belief that “By learning, you will teach. By teaching you will learn,” WAYK is appropriate for anyone interested in learning or teaching their Native language, whether a first-time learner or a fluent speaker.

In addition to the one-day workshops, daily sessions will be available after each refresher. In these daily sessions, instructors will give in-depth, hands-on assistance to learners and speakers covering WAYK techniques. It is not required to attend the refresher to attend the daily sessions. See the daily session schedule on the RSVP form.

The 10 ancestral languages of the Doyon region are all severely to critically endangered, and will be lost within the span of a few generations if no action is taken. The workshops are offered as part of the Foundation’s language revitalization program, which is working to ensure that current and future generations of Athabascan people have the opportunity to hear, to learn, and to speak the languages of their ancestors.

For more information or to RSVP for the workshops, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact stickmans@doyon.com or 907.459.2048. To learn more about the Where Are Your Keys language learning and teaching method, visit www.whereareyourkeys.org.

 

The application is now available for Mahina, an International Indigenous Health Research Training program.  This 10 week-long summer program in Hawai’i and Aotearoa (New Zealand) that is specifically designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in health research careers (see eligibility criteria below). This program is a partnership between the University of Washington, University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Auckland in Aotearoa.

Mahina offers trainees funding for travel and housing costs and a stipend for living expenses.  Applications are being sought for Summer 2016. The application deadline is December 4, 2015.

About Mahina
Mahina is designed for students who intend to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral and public health research fields. It is the only MHIRT program that exposes students to Indigenist approaches to wellness and Indigenous research ethics and protocols. The program features onsite immersion in Aotearoa and research learning opportunities with Indigenous peoples.

Trainees will learn about social, cultural, and historical determinants of Indigenous health; community based participatory/tribal participatory research (CBPR); and culturally-based health promotion and disease prevention interventions.

Central to this unique program is the trainees’ explorations of culturally specific Indigenous epistemologies, methodologies, and research protocols.  In addition to being trained and mentored by top indigenous scholars and researchers, trainees will be assigned a “sibling” graduate student mentor (Tuakana) in accordance with cultural customs of the Maori.

Mahina offers trainees funding for travel and housing costs and a stipend for living expenses.

Eligibility
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

*   Self- identify as an American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nation, Inuit, Metis, Native Hawaiian, Maori, or Pacific Islander, or as an Indigenous person from the U.S. or U.S. territories or North America, including Canada or Mexico (e.g., Yaqui); OR self-identify as belonging to a socioeconomic or rural background or racial/ethnic group that is underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research AND is a member of an Indigenous household, family, or community;

*   Be an enrolled as a 3rd, 4th or 5th year undergraduate student or be a graduate student at the University of Washington [or university in the WWAMI region] or University of Hawai’i at Manoa in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences with a health focus and have at least at 3.0 GPA (UAA is in the WWAMI region);

*   Intend to develop a program of health research or a career in health research with Indigenous communities; and/or

*   Intend to develop and submit an application toward a health research degree.

Apply
Check out the Mahina Website http://mahina.iwri.org/

Please apply here http://mahina.iwri.org/apply/

Deadline to Apply is December 4, 2015.

Contact: Anjulie Ganti at anjulie@uw.edu or call 206-543-7662 with questions.

Mahina is administered by IWRI and supported by funding from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P60MD006909.

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