In Alaska, food and place are deeply connected, and the best meals, those gathered, grown, and harvested from its lands and waters, speak as much to the soul as they do the stomach.
Last month, our growing team gathered in person to connect, learn and strategize together. At the end of our first day, we shared foods brought from our home communities across Alaska–including freshly harvested homegrown vegetables, homemade bread, and an abundance of subsistence foods like berries, bowhead whale muktuk, smoked seal, moose and salmon. It was a joyful meal–a celebration of Alaska’s enduring abundance and a reflection of the stellar team of Alaskans who join in this effort–recognizing the communities and landscapes that make this work personal for each one of us.
Below, you’ll read about how our team and our vision for Alaska continue to grow, and of the many shifts–environmental, cultural, and geopolitical–that climate change is bringing to the North.
As always, we’re happy to share our work and our vision–we’d love to hear from you.
The Alaska Venture Fund team
Alaska Venture Fund - News & Views
Project updates, stories and perspectives that inspire our work.
Welcoming Warren Jones to Alaska Venture Fund!
We’re excited to share that Miaraq, Warren Jones has joined the AVF team as Cultural Fellow! Born in Bethel, raised in Nome and Palmer, and now living with his family on Dena’ina land in Anchorage, Warren has traveled the state working the oil fields, canneries and fishing boats. He will be writing for Aywaa Storyhouse. Learn more about Warren on our Team page and check out his recent article for Patagonia, “Decolonize Your Mind.”
Bristol Bay Defense Fund: We Won’t Back Down
For two decades Bristol Bay communities have kept up the fight against Pebble Mine. The recorded salmon runs have never been larger. The chorus of Alaskans has never been louder. Check out the latest Stop Pebble Mine ad calling for the EPA to take immediate action to #VetoPebbleMine.
From Across Alaska
News, articles, events, videos and more.
Solar Farming in Alaska - Unlocking Alaska’s renewable potential: The soon-to-be biggest solar farm in Alaska recently broke ground on land partially cleared by a historic wildfire in Houston–about 60 miles north of Anchorage. When completed, the project will produce 8.5 megawatts of power, nearly double any other solar project in Alaska, and will produce enough energy to power 1,400 homes.
Energy Diversification - Governor Dunleavy Establishes Office of Energy Innovation: Recognizing Alaska’s immense renewable energy potential and the need to develop a greater array of energy resources, the new Office of Energy Innovation will advance policies that promote safe, sustainable, affordable and reliable energy sources. The office will assist communities in accessing innovative technology and the necessary funding to secure low cost reliable energy.
Food Security - When Climate Change comes for the Freezers: Disasters like Typhoon Merbok are accelerating the phenomena of spoiled subsistence foods across rural Alaska and exacerbating food insecurity in areas experiencing crisis. Many homes rely on freezers to preserve subsistence foods–in part due to melting permafrost and the transition away from cold climate food preservation.
Alaska Arctic Strategy - Why the World is looking North: Rapid change in the Arctic is driving increased strategic interest in the region. In response, the White House recently outlined four pillars of Arctic strategy, leading with national security. As the sole U.S. state in the Arctic, Alaska has the opportunity to shape global climate change policy and center Indigenous voices in policy decisions. With similar national priorities, the Department of Defense recently opened an Office of Arctic Strategy and Global Resilience and will focus on the military significance of the region and Alaska in particular.
Wildfire & Climate - The Vicious Cycle of Alaskan Wildfire and Permafrost Loss: Boreal forests–which hold about two thirds of all the carbon stored in the world’s forests–are increasingly at risk of massive wildfires. With temperatures rapidly warming across Alaska in combination with decreasing snow packs, permafrost is melting and soil temperatures are increasing, in turn making remote Alaska wildlands more susceptible to lightning-caused wildfires. Alaska Venture Fund is advancing initiatives centering Indigenous land management strategies to leverage opportunities to mitigate wildfire and its impacts.
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