Alaska: Doyon, Limited has awarded grants to six organizations for the amount of $30,000 to help promote language preservation and development in Alaska. The grant recipients are chosen on the basis of their work, budget and community support, and each has been awarded a specific amount to help them develop their preservation plans.
In their press release, Doyon, Limited announced the official beneficiaries. Shageluk’s Language Immersion Camp, whose purpose is to immerse students in the Deg Xinag Athabaskan language of the Shageluk people was given $4,625. Beaver Cruikshank School was given $4,989 to help it develop a Gwitch’in music CD. The Telida Village Council was given $4,950 to help them record speakers of different languages with the purpose of studying the languages and helping to preserve it. Alatna Tribal Council was awarded $5,000 to support their immersion camp that will help to communicate and share Alatna’s culture. Denakkanaaga, which provides social services for the elderly, is being awarded $4,560 to promote their language sessions. Finally, Circle Tribal Council was given $5,000 to promote their own language camp.
The companies and organizations were chosen meticulously, particularly on their aim of strengthening the Doyon region’s way of life. The money comes from a budget which was approved by the director of Doyon, Limited in 2012 in accordance with the company’s values. Doyon, Limited’s objective is to be a socially and culturally responsible company. It prides itself on being one of the top businesses in Alaska, owned by Alaskans, with a firm purpose of promoting the preservation of the native languages within their region.