First Alaskans Institute


a two-day training with First Alaskans Institute

February 25-26, 2020 in Anchorage, AK (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)

First Alaskans Institute invites you – a passionate leader, community member and advocate – to participate in our upcoming host training on February 25-26, 2020 in Anchorage from 8:30 – 4:30pm with a working lunch each day. We use indigenous values and knowledge to host meaningful and healing dialogues about social justice challenges and other difficult but critical topics we collectively face across Alaska. We do this with the purpose of elevating community-driven solutions and action plans to better our collective future. 

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Participants will learn how to design and lead conversations that matter by building strengths in awareness, experience, and advocacy. First Alaskans uses a variety of dialogue methods built from our Native values and ways of knowing, and use these indigenous and social technologies such as World Café, Open Space, and Appreciative Inquiry, to create transformative spaces. The training is designed to equip current and future hosts with the skills to:

  • Establish trust and alignment when divergent interests may be present;
  • Acknowledge someone’s personal experience while achieving the goals of the dialogue;
  • Ensure space is created for all participants to engage and contribute; and
  • Develop collective responsibility to advance identified outcomes.

While this training focuses on hosting conversations designed to advance social justice, the methods learned will offer wide application to other critical conversations your community may need. Space is limited, please RSVP early to reserve a space in the cohort.

Cost to participate: The $500 tuition includes the two-day training with breakfast, snacks and a full working lunch. Travel and transportation costs to and from Anchorage will be the participant’s responsibility. Limited tuition scholarships may be available on a case-by-case basis, please send an email to [email protected] noting the amount of discount requested for consideration.

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For more information, please contact Kacey Qunmiġu Hopson at [email protected] or (907) 677-1700.