UNITY Alumni Spotlight: Jacqui Lambert (Inupiaq)
My name is Jacqui Lambert. I am Inupiaq. I am from Kotzebue with roots in Kiana and Noorvik, the Northwest Arctic region of Alaska.
I recently started working as an assistant to the President/CEO of the First Alaskans Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is Progress for the Next 10,000 years. Their work starts with the Alaska Native Policy Center, where they enhance the Native voice and influence the policy-making process within the education, economic and social policy issues. It continues through their Summer Internship Program where they nurture the leadership skills in young adults pursuing higher education as well as the First Nations Futures Fellowship. They are also dedicated to addressing racial issues through their Advancing Native Dialogues on Racial Equity effort, where they travel across the state and help community members learn how to discuss the current racial atmosphere at a local level.
I do graphic design work on the side and currently relaunched a campaign to help print my publication, The Qargizine. The ‘qargi’ is traditionally a community gathering place so this is a new away for rural and Alaska Native artists, photographers and writers to gather and share their perspective. The popular t-shirt design reflects the Inuit women in their traditional regalia across the circumpolar Arctic (Russia, Alaska, Canada and Greenland). For those who do not know, the Inuit originated in the Northwest Arctic region of Alaska, connected with Russia, and over thousands of years, migrated across the Arctic as far as Greenland. Much like the American Indians, our cultures, philosophies, and dialects are very similar across the circumpolar Arctic.
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