Hometown: Toksook Bay, Alaska
Major: Rural Development
Cama-i! (Cama-i means “Hello” in Yup’ik). My name is Canaar, and I am going to school for Rural Development with a minor in Alaska Native Studies.
I was born and raised in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in the village of Toksook Bay, Alaska. I grew up there most of my life, I graduated from highschool in 2017 and came to UAF to further my education. I was interested in becoming a teacher, but after exploring more career options I changed my direction and now I am pursuing a bachelor's degree in Rural Development. I realized I was interested in community planning and would be a better fit for me to give back to my community.
Attending school at UAF helped me transition coming from a village. Living on campus has taught me many things like living on my own, to meet new people and form my own community. During my time here at UAF I have also been involved with clubs like Native Student Union, and the Festival of Native Arts, all of which are with the Rural Student Services. Things I like to do in my free time is to visit new places, go hiking and hangout with my friends here in Fairbanks. Feel free to ask me any questions!