First Alaskans Institute


First Alaskans Institute helps develop the capacities of Alaska Native people and their communities to meet the social, economic and educational challenges of the future, while fostering positive relationships among all segments of our society. The Institute does this through community engagement, information and research, collaboration, and leadership development. First Alaskans is a non-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to advance Alaska Natives.

About the Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity Project

The Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity (ANDORE) is a project initiated by the Alaska Native Policy Center at First Alaskans Institute and funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation through the America Healing Initiative. This statewide project - based on Indigenous principles and values - aims to initiate, foster, and grow racial healing by meaningfully engaging in community conversations across Alaska on race, racism and racial equity; seeking to move communities into a place of understanding, healing and growth. Learn more.

How to Host Your Own Dialogue to Racial Healing

This detailed infographic was developed in order to help individuals to facilitate their own dialogues using the tools developed for the Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity project. Click for a larger view.

Powerful Questions to Stimulate Dialogue on Racism

A series of questions was provided to participants in the Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity project to help facilitate discussions on the topic of racial inequity.  They are provided here as a tool for those interested in hosting dialogues of their own. Click to view the questions.

Dialogue Agreements

The Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity approach to hosting conversations is born from the value of having meaningful and sometimes difficult conversations using indigenous principles and values. Participants in individual dialogues were asked to approach the conversation within the parameters of the agreements chosen by the hosts. Click to view the dialogue agreements.

Making a Long Term Commitment to to Racial Healing

Elizabeth Medicine Crow of the First Alaskans Institute helps Alaska address racism by promoting dialogue. Click for larger view.

On Racial Healing

As a child, Liz Hensley grew up in a household where she wasn't made aware that she was different. It wasn't until she was 15 and had moved to Anchorage that she first felt the sting of racism and made to feel like an outsider. Click for larger view.