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Elders & Youth will go virtual for second year out of coronavirus concerns

The Elders and Youth Conference will be virtual again this year.

Organizers First Alaskans Institute announced the decision Monday in email and social media posts. The decision was made out of coronavirus concerns and is the second year in a row that the conference has gone virtual.

The 2021 conference will begin with a Warming of the Hands on October 17th, and continue through October 20th.

According to the release, in 2020 about 1-thousand 2-hundred people registered for the virtual conference.

The Alaska Federations of Natives convention is traditionally held the three days following Elders and Youth. AFN has said it will hold a “hybrid” virtual and in-person convention this year.