Two of our Camp Fire staff members Cisco and Kendalyn, as well as other Alaskan’s, shared how race and culture shape their relationship to the land using their own personal vocabulary as a part of an Alaska Humanities Forum’s series titled I Am Going Outside.
The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) held an event discussing the responses within the document called Community Conversation “We Are Of: A Conversation on Race, Land and Culture”.
Check out these responses for yourself and see what kind of conversation is sparked with the people in your life!
The Camp Fire Alaska main office operates on the ancestral land of the Dena’ina people. Camp Fire Alaska runs programing on the lands of the Athabascan, Yup’ik, Chup’ik, Sougpiaq, and Inupiaq peoples. We value and thank them for their current and historic commitment to and protection of this land. We pledge to assist, in partnership, in the environmental stewardship of these lands. We strive to learn more about the history of the Native peoples of Alaska and the historic trauma they have suffered. We commit to being an active ally through activities, actions, and organizational decisions and practices. We understand that this is a dynamic process through which our Land Acknowledgement practices, and statement will evolve as we receive feedback from tribal partners and acquire a deeper understanding of and from the Native peoples of Alaska.