Alaska Friends Conference
Alaskan Quakers Seeking Right Relationships (a committee of Alaska Friends Conference) has consulted dozens of resources in studying our own past with indigenous peoples and boarding schools.
Alaska Friends Conference approved the language below at our Annual Sessions in August 2022. Below are PDFs of this same apology, with either footnotes or endnotes.
Photo credit: Jan Bronson of Anchorage and Cathy Walling of Fairbanks, representing the Alaska Friends Conference, apologize to Alaska Native communities for the boarding schools it ran in Alaska and the United States. The apology took place at Sayéik Gastineau elementary school in Juneau, the former site of a Quaker mission school, during Orange Shirt Day on Friday. (Photo by Lisa Phu/Alaska Beacon)
Kenai River worship group meets weekly on Sundays, and formerly met at Kaladi before the location closed. They are still meeting in various parks and are looking for a new permanent location - contact Kim Keck for more information: Kimkeck [at] gmail.com or 907-953-5426.
Alaska Quakers Seeking Right Relationships (AQSRR) committee was founded to address Quakers' complex history with Alaska Natives.
AFC Commitment to Racial Justice
In every Alaska Friends Conference decision, Friends shall consider this query: "How does this decision move us toward our goal of becoming an actively antiracist community?”
AFC shall strive to increase financial and practical support for work for justice and social reform led by Black people, indigenous people and people of color.
Attached, and pasted below, is the Epistle from our Annual Sessions held at Dickerson Friends Center in August 2021. An Epistle is a Quaker document that summarizes the gathering, and often is sent out to "Quakers Everywhere."
Also attached and pasted below is our approved AFC Commitment to Racial Justice, which is mentioned in the epistle.