Dialogue Agreements

The Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity approach to hosting conversations is born from the value of having meaningful and sometimes difficult conversations using indigenous principles and values.

Participants in individual dialogues were asked to approach the conversation within the parameters of the agreements chosen by the hosts.  What follows is a suggested list of agreements.

In Every Chair, A Leader
Each person engaging in this conversation has a unique and valuable experience that is their truth.

Speak with Care for Others
We each hold the responsibility to choose our words and questions carefully with the intent to learn.

Value Each Others Time
We all share the responsibility to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to speak and engage.

Listen Deeply
This is a rare and valuable opportunity to connect with others through the sharing of life experience.

Safe Space for Meaningful Conversation
All notes taken are non-attribution to ensure anonymity of all dialogue participants.

Our Value of Humor
Laughing is also an important way to relate with one another.

Be Present and Engaged
Cell phone ringers off, be mindful of being fully present and listening.

Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Each Other
Note restrooms, exits, other amenities. Ask that participants help one another when possible.

© First Alaskans Institute, “Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity” project

First Alaskans Institute helps develop the capacities of Alaska Native people and their communities to meet the social, economic and educational challenges of the future, while fostering positive relationships among all segments of our society. The Institute does this through community engagement, information and research, collaboration, and leadership development. First Alaskans is a non-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to advance Alaska Natives.


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