Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples Day - Monday, October 12, 2020

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2019 Schedule of Events

Monday, October 14, 2019

Join the University of Alaska Fairbanks for our Indigenous Peoples Day community celebration. UAF will be hosting panels that honor Alaska Native people, culture and Indigenous knowledge. All events are free and open to the public. 

Download the 2019 flyer here

10:30 a.m.  Site Blessing at Troth Yeddha’ Park 2019 flyer image
Following the blessing ceremony, attendees will walk to Wood Center for opening remarks and sharing of traditional foods lunch.

11:15 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks

12:00 p.m. Traditional Foods Lunch 

12:30 p.m. Yesterday Panel: Ground Breakers, Trail Blazers, Wisdom Bearers
Panel discussion about about co-creation, how traditional learning helped shaped what we have and what can still be.

1:45 p.m. Today Presentation: Indigenous PhD Graduates at UAF 
Indigenous PhD Graduates Share Research Interests and Experiences.

3:00 p.m. Tomorrow Panel: Guidance for Tomorrow 
Alaska Native Honorary PhD recipients provide guidance for going forward.

4:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony
This is an open invitation for those attending to join in song and ceremony to close out the event.



Dr. Walkie Charles speaks at 1st Annual Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017Why do we honor Indigenous Peoples Day?

Indigenous Peoples Day honors Alaska Native people, culture and knowledge. The unanimous support for this special day acknowledges how the contributions of Alaska Native peoples and Indigenous knowledge enhance education provided by the University of Alaska. Indigenous Peoples Day is recognized on the second Monday of October.

In 2017, the University of Alaska Fairbanks celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day for the first time.  Resolutions from students, staff and faculty groups across the University of Alaska system have unanimously supported recognizing “Indigenous Peoples Day.” Each campus hosted a culturally relevant event incorporating elements of the indigenous history of place, culture and language associated with their regions. 


2018 Media Coverage:

Mentions of UAF's Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration in the news:

Download the 2018 flyer here.