The 2021 AFN Convention will be all virtual, on December 13 & 14. Citing health and safety concerns which include the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide and the consequent pressure on Alaska’s healthcare system, AFN will host the entire convention virtually.
As was done for the 2020 AFN Convention, a robust virtual meeting platform will be combined with live statewide TV and radio broadcast coverage, and live streaming on multiple video channels. A full agenda will be released to the public in early December.
AFN will also develop an online Native arts marketplace featuring many of the same Native artists that have had booths in the exhibit hall during in-person AFN Conventions.
This year’s Convention theme is “ANCSA at 50: Empowering Our Future.” The passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act fifty years ago was a groundbreaking, remarkable achievement for Alaska. A model around the world of Indigenous self-determination, ANCSA has led to tremendous economic benefits and opportunities for Native people and for all Alaskans.
Accelerate Alaska is a one-day conference focused on the opportunities around our competitive advantages, industries, and systems. Alaska will never be the next Silicon Valley, but by focusing on our advantages, we will create the next Alaska.
Attendees are over 500 business owners, managers, leaders, politicians, change agents, and entrepreneurs. Attendees are given the tools, networks, and information about Alaska’s opportunities.
This event will be a fully masked and vaccinated event. All in-person attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination and wear a mask while in the building.