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.
2021 AFN CONVENTION A SUCCESS
AFN’s virtual Annual Convention was held on Monday and Tuesday, December 13 and 14. AFN wishes to thank the dozens of presenters, hundreds of AFN delegates, thousands of participants, Convention sponsors and exhibitors for making our 2021 AFN Convention a huge success. Quyana!
Congratulations to Ana Hoffman for her reelection as Co-Chair for another term. And congratulations to our newly elected village representatives to AFN’s statewide board of directors.
Thousands of viewers watched the Convention on live statewide television, radio, and online. Thousands followed on social media and participated via AFN’s app and virtual event platform.
You can still log in to the AFN app for information on AFN President’s Awards winners, presenters, sponsors and exhibitors. Watch the 2021 AFN Convention again!
Click HERE to watch or rewatch the unedited, live webcast archive.
The 2021 Convention theme was “ANCSA at 50: Empowering Our Future.” The passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act fifty years ago was a groundbreaking, remarkable achievement for Alaska. A model around the world of Indigenous self-determination, ANCSA has led to tremendous economic benefits and opportunities for Native people and for all Alaskans.
AFN proudly celebrated that accomplishment while acknowledging there is plenty more work to be done. The theme emphasizes the importance of addressing the collective work ahead of the Native community to empower our people and face the challenges of the future together. Since its passage, ANCSA has been amended in significant ways and with technical fixes. AFN recognizes that there is unfinished business and unmet promises, particularly in the area of subsistence rights and food security, public safety and law enforcement, and economic development.
Click HERE for the 2021 AFN Convention Agenda.
"Good Government: Alaskans Decide"
October 14 & 15, 2020
"ANCSA at 50: Empowering Our Future"
December 13-14, 2021
October 20-22, 2022
Dena'ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska
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