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Project Background

Alaska Native Language panels convened virtually to create culturally-relevant messages about COVID-19 vaccines in seven languages. By uplifting Indigenous languages, facts, encouragement, and science through Indigenous knowledge systems, the speakers hope to provide people with trustworthy information needed to make informed decisions. In particular, providing Elders and first language speakers with information in their language is crucial to ensuring equitable access.

The panels were multi-generational, with Language learners, Elders, teachers, and other Language experts. Each panelist contributed their own unique talents--from orthography expertise and technology skills to artistic vision and traditional knowledge--all with the intent of translating important information to be communicated effectively and in a trustworthy manner with care for their communities.


Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), Native Peoples Action Community Fund (NPACF), Alaska Public Interest Research Group (AKPIRG), and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Alaska Native Language Panels

  • AKPIRG/NPACF Yugtun/Cugtun Language Panel:

    Al'aq Cheryl Charles Smith, Rosalie Lincoln, Catherine Moses, Dorie Wassilie, Marie Hoover, Veronica Kaganak, and Lorina Warren
  • AKPIRG/NPACF Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich'in Language Panel:

    Mary Fields, Hishinlai' Peter and Amaya Shaw
  • AKPIRG/NPACF Neets'aii Gwich'in Language Panel: 

    Traditional Chief Dr. Rev. Trimble Gilbert and Kenneth Frank
  • AKPIRG/NPACF Iñupiaqtun Language Panel:

    Richard Atuk, Georgianne Oonak Merrill, Annie Conger, Maggie Pollock, and Annauk Olin.
  • AKPIRG/NPACF Ahtna Language Panel:

    Melissa Shaginoff
  • AKPIRG/NPACF Lingít Language Panel:

    X̱'unei Twitchell
  • AKPIRG/NPACF Denaakk'e Language Panel:

    Hʉkk'aaghneestatlno Lorraine David, Velma Schafer, Alberta Vent, and Kk'ołeyo Dewey Hoffman

Materials to share

Materials to share are in development and will be shared on this webpage.

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