Indigenous Peoples' Day

Students listen to an address during Indigenous Peoples' Day

Why do we honor Indigenous Peoples' Day?

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. Indigenous Peoples' Day is recognized on the second Monday of October.

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 hosted a culturally relevant event incorporating elements of the indigenous history of place, culture and language associated with their regions. 


Event archive

Date: Monday, October 11, 2021 (virtual)

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration took place on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. Our goal in celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day at UAF is to honor Alaska Native people, culture and knowledge. 

If you are in the UAF community and your department or program honored the day - share with us! Let us know what you did and we can post it here for our community to join in. Email

Dr. Pearl BrowerIndigenous Peoples' Day 2021 Keynote:
Dr. Pearl Brower

About Dr. Brower: 

Dr. Brower joined the University of Alaska in August of 2021 and serves as the Senior Advisor for Alaska Native Success, Institutional Diversity and Student Engagement. Prior to joining the University team, she was the President and CEO of Brower Consulting Services, an independent consulting service around the state of Alaska.  In October of 2020, Dr. Brower left the Presidency of Iḷisaġvik College, Alaska’s only Tribal College where she had been in administration at the college for 13 years, the last 8 serving as President.

About the presentation:

“October 11th has transitioned in recent years to celebrate the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.  As Alaskans continue to engage in conversations around race, equity, diversity and inclusion, REDI, we look to recognize our Alaska Native Peoples for incredible accomplishments while at the same time discuss ways in which we all can set aside implicit bias and work together in cooperation and partnership for a brighter future for all Alaskans.”

IPD 2021 Keynote Recording

IPD 2021 keynote Flyer link


Date: Monday, October 12, 2020

Theme: "Resiliency Through Hope and Love."

Many thanks to our IPD event planning team for putting together a virtual program in celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration will took place on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at 11 a.m. Our goal in celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day at UAF is to honor Alaska Native people, culture and knowledge. The year's theme was "Resiliency Through Hope and Love". We hope to continue to:

  • Share how the interconnectedness of Indigenous people, land and spirit — the love and the hope of a sustainable future — is what drives us to work together.
  • Spread public awareness of the histories, experiences and resilience of Indigenous peoples.

Keynote: Heather Kendall-Miller

Alaska Native rights attorney, Heather Kendall-Miller gave the keynote address at UAF's Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at 11 a.m. The year's theme is "Resiliency Through Hope and Love." The event is available online at

Kendall-Miller is Denaina Athabaskan and a tribal member of the Curyung Tribe of Dillingham, Alaska. She received her Bachelors degree from UAF in 1988 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991. After clerking with Chief Justice Rabinowitz of the Alaska Supreme Court, Heather received a two-year Skadden Fellowship to work for Alaska Legal Services and the Native American Rights Fund in the area of Alaska Native Rights. Heather became staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund in 1993. Her litigation experience is broad having argued before the United States Supreme Court, the D.C. Court of Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals en banc."

2020 Indigenous Peoples' Day Events
  • Oct12

    Keynote with Heather Kendall-Miller
      11 a.m.
  • Oct13

    Land Acknowledgement Workshop

      10 a.m.-noon
  • Oct13

    Alaska Native Creators Panel

      6 p.m.

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