JUNEAU, AK (May 11, 2022) – The Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) is one step closer to ensuring tribal citizens have the resources and support they need in their community. Over the past several months, Tlingit & Haida has been recruiting tribal citizens to serve as Community Navigators which are new positions created within the Tribe. These positions serve as a liaison between Tlingit & Haida and tribal citizens in 20 communities, including Anchorage, Alaska, Seattle, Washington and San Francisco, California.
“The creation of the Community Navigators program came from conversations and really listening to the needs of our communities,” shared President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson. “This program is based on a community liaison position that the Tribe has now revitalized. We’ve taken that foundation and have expanded the position so that each of our Community Navigators knows not only the Tribe’s programs and services, but also other local resources. They will not just guide tribal citizens to the resources, they will provide application support too.”
Last week, the Community Navigators gathered in Juneau, Alaska to participate in an intensive four-day training conference to learn about Tlingit & Haida’s programs and services, eligibility requirements and application processes. They received specialized training on confidentiality, privacy and effective communication to facilitate care and meet our people where they are at, as well as heard presentations from every program within the Tribe.
The training conference also provided an opportunity for the Navigators to connect with each other, share resources and build relationships for future collaboration. It sparked conversations on the unique opportunity for Community Navigators to use relationships with entities outside of Tlingit & Haida and brought new ideas and goals to the forefront as Tlingit & Haida continues to expand and provide new and existing services to tribal citizens.
“I love being at the service of my people, being there for whenever they need anything whether it’s applying for COVID relief, housing, or enrollment questions,” shared Ketchikan Community Navigator Ginger McCormick.