The following aspiration for our region was created collaboratively by over 20 Southeast Alaskans from Yakutat to Prince of Wales:
In 2022, may we adopt sound treatments for COVID and heal fractures in our communities, selves, and economies.
May we be leaders in truly ‘Regenerative’ Tourism and support development that serves both the people of Southeast, and the planet that sustains us.
In 2022 may we honor our connections to each other and our environment through compassion and care.
May we pause in gratitude for the people and places responsible for the foods that nourish us.
In 2022 may we plant seeds with faith that they will grow into healthy vibrant beings that too can nourish the world.
May we become students and seek teachers that challenge us. May we move out of our comfort zones. May we be brave.
In 2022 may honesty and humility guide our interactions with one another, with our communities, and with the lands and waters we are privileged to call home.
May we live up to the individual and collective promises we make and be accountable to one another.
May we cultivate strength, healing, and hope in ourselves and others through our intentions and our actions.
May we honor our relationships with the land and the people of the land and learn from the Aas Kwaani (the Tree People) who explain: “We need to stand together, support each other with our roots, and hold each other up.”
In 2022, may we continue putting action behind the fact that public lands are Native lands and understand that the land and water cares for us when we listen through our ancestors.
May we find serenity in our surroundings, peace from this place, and appreciate the verdant evergreen nature of our forests.
May we take time to notice the rotation of our planet, witness the rhythms of the Tongass, and cherish something special with every season.
May we give ourselves grace for all that is beyond our control, and allow ourselves and others to rest when needed.
May we live authentically and affirm others in doing the same.
In 2022, may we prioritize gratitude and abundance over anxiety and scarcity.
May we heal as communities and individuals, be easy on ourselves and have the courage to explore both the world around us, and the world within us.
In 2022, may our actions always reflect integrity through the work of our hands, the kindness of our hearts, and the application of our minds.
In 2022, may we leave political divisions behind and work together for the benefit of our communities, our natural environment and the resources it provides us. May we build a proud future for our children to inherit
May we build bridges and relationships, practice tolerance and understanding with those who differ from us.
In 2022, may we deescalate and depolarize, find and grow common ground, and forge a stable foundation from which our communities can thrive upon.
May we share our abundance with others that have less.
May we feel joy: fearlessly and unapologetically.
May we dream wildly, vividly, and collectively.
In 2022, may we prioritize community over self and exert love with all our might.
The Sustainable Southeast Partnership is a dynamic collective uniting diverse skills and perspectives to strengthen cultural, ecological, and economic resilience across Southeast Alaska. It envisions self-determined and connected communities where Southeast Indigenous values continue to inspire society, shape our relationships, and ensure that each generation thrives on healthy lands and waters. SSP shares stories that inspire and better connect our unique, isolated communities. Resilient Peoples & Place appears monthly in the Capital City Weekly. SSP can also be found online at sustainablesoutheast.net.