Indigenous Peoples’ Day

by Cherise Beatus  |   

Monday is Indigenous Peoples’ Day! Did you know that there are 574 federally recognized tribes within the United States, and 229 of those tribes reside in Alaska? Our Valdez office operates in the Aluutiq/Sugpiag region, our Cordova office operates within the Eyak region, and our Glennallen office operates in the Ahtna region. Due to the current pandemic, PWSC and Valdez community members are able to take part in many IDP celebrations that are being held throughout the state. Here are some events that are happening in the next week:

Monday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 pm - UAA Native Student Services is hosting an online film screening for the film Gather followed by a panel discussion between. To RSVP for the free event, please visit the Story Space website.

Non-UAA IDP events:

Monday, Oct. 12 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am* - Alaska Pacific University’s Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration feat. Pamyua, The Zoom link will be shared before the event. More information about the event can be found here:

Monday, Oct. 12 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm* - Alaska Native rights attorney, Heather Kendall-Miller will give the keynote address at UAF's Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at 11 a.m. More information can be found here:

Monday, Oct. 12 at 12:00 pm* - Defend the Sacred AK and Native Movement are hosting an Indigenous Peoples Day celebration feat. musical performances by Marc Brown, Nanieezh Peter, Portugal. The Man, and Torin Jacobs. More information about the event can be found here:

Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm - UAF is holding an Indigenous Peoples' Day Creative Content Panel featuring Alice ‘Qannik’ Glenn, Tak Marrero, and Jacquii Lambert. They will be having an open conversation around Alaskan Native identities and stories on the new and emerging digital platforms of social media. More information found here:

*PWSC Staff: For non-UAA events that occur during PWSC work hours, please speak to your department supervisor about leave options. 

Too busy or unable to take leave to participate in a virtual event? Here are some great documentaries to watch or podcasts to listen too in lieu of a Zoom event: