Community issues on AFN convention agenda

Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Organizers of the upcoming Alaska Federation of Natives convention say it will focus on community issues.

The theme this year is "Village Survival!"

"This is a declaration that the villages will survive and thrive, and an invitation to discuss how," said Erin Fogg, an AFN spokeswoman.

The conference is scheduled for Oct. 21-23 in Fairbanks.

Fogg said delegates will focus on lifestyles that work and traditions that might need to adapt to work better in urban centers and rural villages.

There will be discussions and panel presentations about life today in villages, many of which predate Alaska's population booms in the early 1900s.

Other topics include technology, energy, health and education.

Making a convention debut, a photography exhibit will feature photos submitted by Alaska Natives from around the state.

"The exhibit represents a celebration of their individual visions of village life and survival," Fogg said.

The convention will be the third in Fairbanks since 2005. Most have been held in Anchorage.

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