Indigenous Peoples Day
2018 Schedule of Events
Join the University of Alaska Fairbanks for our second annual Indigenous Peoples Day community celebration. UAF will be offering a full slate of events that honor Alaska Native people, culture and Indigenous knowledge. All events are free and open to the public. Download the flyer here. Parking for this event is free at the Nenana parking lot across from SRC.
When: Monday, October 8, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- 10 a.m. Site blessing at Troth Yeddha’ Park
- 10:30 a.m. Walk to Wood Center
- 11 a.m. Official welcome to the celebration
- 11:30 a.m. Student Wellness Panel: "What is needed in an university environment to support their wellness."
- 12:30 p.m. Snack break
- 12:45 p.m.Community Wellness Panel
- 2 p.m. Concurrent Workshops
- Alaska Native Dance Workshop: The Iñu-Yupiaq student dance group will perform and teach Iñupiaq and Yup'ik songs and dances. The Troth Yeddha' student dance group The Troth Yeddha' student dance group will perform and teach Athabascan songs and dances.
- Alaska Native Traditional Tattooing Workshop
- 3:15 p.m. Snack break
- 3:30 p.m. Alaska Native Storytelling
- 5 p.m. Refreshments and appetizers (Traditional foods and snacks)
- 5:30 p.m. Film screening of "Voices of Our Ancestors:" an award-winning documentary by UAF film student Joe Yates.
- 6 p.m. Alaska Native Dance Performance: The Fairbanks Native Association pre-school dance group and JOM Potlatch Dancers will perform traditional Alaska Native songs.
- 6:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony and Regalia Parade: Those wearing regalia will lead the walk through the lower level of wood center starting at the stage and ending at the stage. Those not wearing regalia are invited to join in at the end of the line.
Indigenous Peoples Day honors Alaska Native people, culture and knowledge. The unanimous support for this special day acknowledges how the contributions of Alaska Native peoples and Indigenous knowledge enhance education provided by the University of Alaska.
In 2017, the University of Alaska Fairbanks celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day for the first time. Resolutions from students, staff and faculty groups across the University of Alaska system have unanimously supported recognizing “Indigenous Peoples Day.” Each campus will host a culturally relevant event incorporating elements of the indigenous history of place, culture and language associated with their regions.
Dr. Walkie Charles speaks at 1st Annual Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017.
2017 Indigenous Peoples Day in the news
2017 Media Coverage:
- 2017 press release
- Fox News Online: "Columbus Day nixed for 'Indigenous Peoples Day' by more universities nationwide"
- Associated Press: "First Indigenous Peoples Day offers a peek into the future"
- National Native News: "Celebrations across the US to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day"
- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: "Sean Topkok: a life dedicated to cultural heritage"
- KTVF TV: "UAF hosting first annual celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day"
- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: "UAF to host inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day"
- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: "UAF embraces Indigenous Peoples Day"
- Alaska Public Media: "UAF joins in Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations"
- Arctic Sounder: "Chukchi Campus celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day"
- Delta Discovery: "Bethel community celebrate inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day"
- KYUK Radio: "University plans Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at the cultural center on Monday"
- KYUK Radio: "Bethel's first Indigenous Peoples Day at Cultural Center"