The annual convention serves as the principal forum and voice for the Alaska Native community in addressing critical issues of public policy and government. The convention convenes thousands of official delegates and participants from membership organizations across the state.
At the Convention, delegates discuss strategic opportunities and challenges, listen to memorable keynote speeches, hear reports from political leaders and presentations from expert panels, and share stories resilience, experiences, strengths, knowledge and hope for the future.
The resolutions passed by the voting delegates set the priorities for the year and guide AFN’s efforts. The Convention is the largest representative annual gathering in the United States of Native peoples.
The AFN Board of Directors decided to postpone the 2021 Convention to December 13-15, citing health and safety concerns which include the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide and the consequent pressure on Alaska’s healthcare system. AFN will continue to plan for an in-person convention at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska, with a virtual option. However, the final decision on the in-person aspect of the Convention will be made by the Board in mid-October based on new data and guidance from national, state, and tribal health leaders.
A full agenda is planned, accompanied by two nights of Quyana Alaska cultural performances, the renowned Native arts showcase, and an exhibit hall featuring AFN members and partners.
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2020 Convention Sponsors:
"ANCSA at 50: Empowering Our Future"
December 13-15, 2021
In Person, with live TV, radio and webstreaming coverage.
We are currently planning our 2021 agenda. Stay tuned!