Salmon is a defining factor in the culture of Alaska; it’s something we all have in common. But salmon, Alaska’s third largest industry, is also frequently a flash point of conflict over difficult issues such as racial justice, the urban-rural divide, and balancing sustainability against the needs of resource development.
Alaska Humanities Forum, along with partner organizations, has designed the Alaska Salmon Fellows program to facilitate demanding conversations about salmon issues among leaders from a cross section of salmon policy, management, industry, activism, research, and cultural sectors. It serves as a:
- Pathway for new and stronger connections across the diverse sectors that have a key stake in the future of Alaska’s salmon.
- Network to share lessons and deepen understanding of differing perspectives among the Fellows, and through them, other stakeholders.
- System of Influence, sparking new relationships and advancing tangible opportunities to inspire dialogue and action on key issues and challenges.
This 18-month program includes four gatherings, which all Salmon Fellows are expected to attend. Gatherings include the reading and discussion of important information and news on environmental issues in Alaska, especially pertaining to salmon.
Gathering 1: May 4-9, 2017: hosted on the Kenai Peninsula
- Gathering 2: Oct. 5-10, 2017: hosted in a rural Alaskan fishing community
- Statewide Gathering: Feb. 2018: hosted in conjunction with the Alaska Forum on the Environment
- Gathering 3: April 5-10, 2018: location to be determined