Training


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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