Fall is well and truly upon us here in Southcentral Alaska. As we put up the last of our harvest and watch the snow creep down the Chugach towards us, we are grateful to be able to share news of positive momentum in Bristol Bay and Southeast Alaska, a growing team, and fresh insights on the potential of Indigenous-led responses to climate change. We hope September is treating you well.
~Alaska Venture Fund team
Alaska Venture Fund - News & Views
Project updates, stories and perspectives that inspire our work.
Alaskans Driving Change: Dr. Nikoosh Carlo
Nikoosh Carlo (Koyukon Athabascan) is leading the drive for climate change solutions created by and for Indigenous communities. Read Nikoosh's profile here.
Publication - Transformative Economics for a Sustainable Alaska: Emergent issues and solutions to address climate change through Indigenous perspectives while centering Alaska Native peoples and communities.
AVF partnered with Nikoosh Carlo, Karla Brollier, and Raina Thiele to explore the power and potential of Indigenous-led responses to climate change. Access the paper here.
Dr. Stephanie Quinn Davidson joins the Alaska Venture Fund team
We are thrilled that Dr. Stephanie Quinn-Davidson recently joined the AVF team as Program Director for Fisheries and Communities. Stephanie is a fisheries scientist and has worked in Alaska's salmon fisheries for almost a decade. Her new role will focus on projects to ensure the long-term sustainability of Alaska’s world-class fisheries and the people and communities that depend on them. Learn more about Stephanie on our Team page or drop her a line.
Video: Igiugig Sustainable Future
Check out this inspiring short film from Igiugig showing their ongoing efforts to assert sovereignty over their lands and waters, and create a prosperous, sustainable future for the community.
From Across Alaska
Bristol Bay: Last week, we celebrated as the Environmental Protection Agency announced their intention to resume Clean Water Act protections for Bristol Bay. Working alongside local Tribes, businesses, and community organizations, the AVF team has fought long and hard to protect this region. While our work to ensure these safeguards are made permanent continues, we want to thank all of our partners and the funders whose support has made this effort possible.
SE Alaska - $20m Seacoast Trust created: Earlier today, Sealaska and The Nature Conservancy announced the creation of the Seacoast Trust–a fund to support Indigenous-led stewardship and provide sustainable, community-based economic development for Southeast Alaska. Sealaska has committed $10 million in matching funds. The Nature Conservancy is committing $7 million and is hoping to work with partners to fully match Sealaska’s commitment through additional private fundraising. Today’s announcement follows the USDA's pledge this summer to protect 9 million acres of old-growth forest in the Tongass National Forest. Learn more here or connect with Matt to discuss how you can get involved.
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