Symposium will focus on advancing indigenous co-stewardship of Alaska lands, waters

A five-day symposium that will feature presentations on co-leadership and Indigenous-led stewardship of lands and waters, healing relationships, and respectful collaboration in restoring and protecting Alaska habitat is scheduled for Aug. 14 to 18 in Anchorage.

Participation in the Co-Stewardship Symposium is being limited to ensure diverse representation of participants and due to space constraints, organizers said.

A commitment to participate for the full week will be requested of participants as well, according to an announcement from the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States.

Themes will include better understanding of co-stewardship and Indigenous-led stewardship of lands and waters; healing relationships and respectful collaboration; upholding tribal governance; racial equity; the process of co-stewardship; and imagining a new future together and charting next steps.

The symposium co-organizers include: University of Alaska Fairbanks Tribal Governance; Northern Latitudes Partnerships; Alaska Conservation Foundation; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; The Wilderness Society; Tyonek Tribal Conservation District; Prince of Wales Tribal Conservation District; Alaska Venture Fund; and Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

More information will be announced as symposium events are finalized.