Attendees ended the day by passing eight resolutions that weighed in on regalia during graduation ceremonies, e-cigarettes, Native corporations and school history curricula.
Seven resolutions will go for a vote before delegates at the full Alaska Federation of Natives convention..
During the second day of the Elders and Youth Conference in Anchorage, Tlingit storyteller Bob Sam spread his arms, and slowly flapped, mimicking the flight of a bird in front of nearly 50 people.
“It shows a place of ownership,” said Dewey Hoffman with First Alaskans Institute. “Our smokehouse is a metaphor for our communities.”
Begich urged the young attendees to participate in their communities, to vote and to stay positive. He drew on his own life for illustration.
The group’s message is still the same: they don’t always feel safe or cared for and they want that to change, but now they’re also taking a stand against marijuana legalization.
When it came time for the keynote speeches, 17-year-old Devlin Anderstrom from Yakutat gave one to remember.