What drew you to the Caleb Scholars Program?
It’s origin, their Inupiaq inspired values, and their commitment to educate young, Inuit people.
What does Inuit-led environmental conservation mean to you?
Inuit-led conservation means, to me, getting more Inuit or Alaska Natives, into positions for environmental conservation.
How do you engage with environmental conservation in school and/or at home?
By holding the utmost respect for our land and it’s animals, and being eternally grateful for them. I’m striving to learn more about our land and our practices that effect it.
What are your educational and career goals? How do your goals relate to environmental conservation?
I plan to graduate UAF with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Yup’ik. I wish to learn more about out natural resources so that we can better protect them. With learning Yup’ik, I hope to strengthen my identity and better protect them and be better equipped to fight for environmental conservation.
Please share a reflection of when you have felt a connection to the ocean or the land.
This past June, I was training in Utqiavik for their 4th of July race. One day, 4.5 miles out of town running, I looked up into the sky and was flooded with joy and grateness for the land and animals around us, and the opportunities given to us. I promptly won that race.