October 17 at Elders & Youth Conference

 

Planning to be at AFN? If so, don’t miss Doyon Foundation’s “Taking Language Revitalization Online – Using GIFs to Get the Word Out” workshop during the First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference on Tuesday, October 17 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. We are currently on the schedule for 3:45 p.m., but please check the daily schedule for current details on time and location.

edzooThe workshop will introduce Doyon Languages Online (DLO), a project to create and publish introductory language lessons for Native languages of the Doyon region. FAI summer intern, Diloola Erickson, will share her experience creating media content for DLO using Native GIFs. During the workshop, we will create a GIF live with youth participants’ ideas and Elders’ leadership. We will also brainstorm other forms of social media that could be used to get people excited and engaged with language revitalization.

This fun workshop is ideal for anyone interested in social media, language revitalization, youth engagement, and those with a good sense of humor. We hope you’ll join us!

Learn more about Doyon Foundation and Doyon Languages Online on our website, www.doyonfoundation.com, or contact Allan Hayton at haytona@doyon.com or 907.459.2162.

On behalf of the Doyon Foundation staff, board and students, I would like to honor the late Bernice Joseph, and extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

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Bernice Joseph (left) with Doyon Foundation alumna Tracy Snow (center) and Doyon Foundation Executive Director Doris Miller (right).

Bernice was a leader and mentor to many, and I am proud to say how much I looked up to and learned from her. She was a huge champion for the Foundation. As a previous employee and member of alumni association, she was always here when we needed her. We could count on her support.

In addition to the Foundation, Bernice was a champion for Native language revitalization, education, and development of culturally sensitive curriculum – all of which are near and dear to our hearts as well.

In her 2005 Alaska Federation of Natives keynote address, Bernice spoke of “the importance of education, while maintaining our cultural identity,” “the development of curriculum sensitive to our cultures,” and “programs that incorporate indigenous and western values.” She also stressed the importance of growing our own policymakers and leaders. “It’s all about Native minds shaping our future,” she said.

She was also a strong voice for Native language revitalization. “We face a huge challenge with the loss of Alaska Native languages. Until it is as common for students to be able to choose their own Alaska Native language in the schools as it is for Spanish, Russian and French, to name a few, we are a long ways from having equity,” she said in her keynote address.

Bernice didn’t just talk about the changes she wanted to see – she actively worked toward them and accomplished much, especially in her role at the UAF College of Rural and Community Development. Her desire, dedication and drive are an inspiration to us all.

With her passing, the world has lost a great woman. But her legacy lives on, and it is up to us, all of us, to carry on her vision. Because, in her own words, “we have done a lot, but we have only just begun.”

– Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation Executive Director

Fairbanks Native Association in partnership with Doyon, Limited and Tanana Chiefs Conference will be hosting the 2013 AFN Convention Welcome Potlatch

Volunteers are needed, for more information please view the attached flyer.

AFN Potlatch Volunteer flyer.pdf

The 2013 First Alaskans Institute Elders and Youth Conference will take place in Fairbanks October 21-23. There is a call for dance groups and Native language speakers. The deadline is this Friday, September 13 to sign up. Call First Alaskans at 907.677.1707 or check their website at http://www.firstalaskans.org/ for more information.