Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - In its fifth annual holding of the conference, Sealaska Heritage Institute said it will be the largest cultural conference they have organized.
The theme is "Haa Ḵusteeyí Yatsáakw: Our Way of Life Persists." SHI said the goal of the conference is to provide a deep understanding of culturally responsive, place-based education and to equip educators and school administrators with the skills needed to reach all students, especially those who have been historically underserved, disenfranchised and marginalized.
The institute said there will be 650 in-person and online participants in total, coming from Alaska to Australia. About 550 will be in-person and more than 100 online participants are expected.
The in-person component is scheduled for August 11-13 at Juneau-Douglas High School.
The conference plans to feature two keynote speakers, 60 breakout sessions, and 9 immersive learning workshops.
“We are thrilled to see the momentum and popularity this program has gained with teachers and the education community. Our evaluations have shown the conference has had a profound impact on our participants,” said SHI President Rosita Worl. “We are also indebted to the educators who have taken time to get a deeper understanding of the Native world view so they can better serve Indigenous students.”
Space is filling up for in-person participants, but SHI said that educators who cannot attend can register as online participants for some of the events.