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Northwest Arctic Institute seeking applicants

February 8th, 2013 | Staff Print this article   Email this article  

Northwest Arctic Alaska Native people between the ages of 18 and 35 and invited to apply for a weeklong retreat training for young leaders. The Northwest Arctic Institute retreat will take place April 14 to 19 at the Taste of Alaska Lodge outside of Fairbanks. The Maniilaq Wellness event will focus on, "building and supporting a community among young Alaska Native leaders from the Northwest Arctic who are committed to personal, family and community well being."

It is a collaboration between the NAI, Maniilaq Wellness, Gwanzhii and the Indigenous Leadership Institute. The gathering seeks innovative leaders who can help each other and their home communities promote a fulfilling way of life on a community, family and personal level. One part of that is learning to translate core values into everyday work and living, as well as promoting practical and life skills within the community.

Some of the institute's topics and activities include raising awareness, building new tools for change within communities, guest presenters, peer group development and support, story telling, identifying and strategizing areas of need, and bridging the issues of geographical isolation.

The clinic is open to hunters, students, artists, professionals, parents, educators, council members and many, many more!

Application deadline is Feb. 28, and applications can be downloaded from Applicants can contact Manillaq Wellness at (907) 442-7749 or for more information. The program will accept 24 people into this first cohort, and plans to accept a man and woman from each Northwest Arctic village. Maniilaq Wellness will cover meals and lodging, and can contribute to travel costs if the participants tribal organization or workplace cannot cover the cost.


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