Native Peoples Action Community Fund (NPACF) was established to facilitate an Alaska Native statewide grassroots movement advancing the transition to a just society that provides for the continuation of Alaska Native ways of life, and the wellbeing of Alaska Native peoples. NPACF works to ensure Alaska Natives are heard in all levels of policy making, advocating for the wellness of its peoples and its ways of life, and by transforming social and governance systems. NPACF’s operating principles include:
- Be Well: Indigenous wellbeing founded on respect and understanding;
- Be Grounded: Indigenous education for all;
- Be Sustained: sustainable economies of place founded on respect;
- Be Seen: media and messaging by Indigenous artists;
- Be Heard: amplify Indigenous voices; and
- Be Sacred; honor and defend Indigenous spirituality.
NPACF is partnering with 2021 SHIFT Awardee Anna Hoover (Unangax̂ [Aleut]) to build community relationships and co-produce Voices of the Land—an Indigenous-justice documentary film grounded in place, culture, and Alaska Native lifeways. Each section of the film focuses on one Alaska Native artist from a different region of Alaska, highlighting efforts to protect sacred lands and waters, including the Yukon Flats, Kuskokwim River, Bristol Bay, Tongass National Forest, and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Each vignette will focus on one Alaska Native artist highlighting different environmental conflicts from across the state. The stories will then be screened in each artist’s community in conjunction with existing regional gatherings.