The Association of Village Council Presidents' annual convention kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 23. Like many events during the coronavirus pandemic, it will be held virtually. Another change from past years is that the convention will last only one day, instead of its usual three.
The session will include passing resolutions to be sent to the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention in October. AVCP declined KYUK’s invitation to join our morning talk show to discuss the convention moving to a virtual format this year. Former Alaska Lt. Gov. Valerie Davidson will be the keynote speaker.
The one-day session will also announce the winners of AVCP’s annual awards. The tribal consortium gives awards to Alaska Native businesses, organizations, and individuals under categories similar to AFN’s. AVCP’s awardees will then be up for nomination at AFN’s annual convention.
This year’s awards go to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation for health; Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, for education; the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group for the Hunter/fisher category; Bethel native Nikki Corbett for her small business, Sew Yup’ik, for contributing masks during the pandemic; and finally, Maria Nicolai for Youth Leadership. Nicolai is being recognized for her art, especially her social-distancing posters scattered all over Bethel to remind people to keep 6 feet apart to protect themselves from the coronavirus.