Alaska Friends Conference
Alaska Friends Conference is supporting the Tribal Council of the Organized Village of Kake, AK by fundraising for the Native-led Kake Regional Cultural Healing Center in Southeast Alaska. The Kake Regional Cultural Healing Center will be a place for people to experience land-based healing for substance abuse, rooted in cultural practices and values. Click on the Headline to learn more.
(Photo is of the Friends Mission in Kake, Alaska, April 1905. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Library Catalog Collection.
Avis Wanda McClinton traveled with support from Alaska friends from Pennsylvania to present to our yearly meeting's Annual Sessions at Dickerson Friends Center.
Together as we were gathered, we watched her interview with Friends Journal, available to watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgOhg1GQF7s
Friends are invited to join us for Annual Sessions 2023 of the Alaska Friends Conference, August 3-6, 2023.
Register here to participate (online and/or in person): https://forms.gle/nV1puY3Mxr7DdiVY7
Registration fee information listed below after the schedule.
Thursday, August 3:
Afternoon: Arrival at Dickerson Center and Set up Camp
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)