UNITY Earth Ambassador Profile: Tatiana Ticknor
Make sure to read the UNITY news E-blasts in the coming weeks as we will be sharing spotlight profiles on our current class of UNITY Earth Ambassadors. This week’s Earth Ambassador spotlight features Tatiana Ticknor (Dena’ina/Tlingit), who calls Anchorage Alaska home. She is 18 years old and graduated with honors from East Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska last May.
Tatiana is the oldest of three children and always makes it a point to include her younger brother and sister in as many opportunities as she can that will allow them to learn more about traditional arts and cultures of Native people. She is currently participating in an internship program at the Alaska Native Heritage Center where she is learning about museum operations, along with other aspects of cultural tourism. As an intern in this program, Tatiana also has the opportunity to learn about other Native cultures in Alaska, as well as her own. Her favorite activity is teaching and participating in her tribal songs and dances.
Tatiana is very active in environmental justice issues in her region. In her role as a UNITY Earth Ambassador, the platform she selected to concentrate on is raising awareness of the harmful effects that continued mining exploration in the Bristol Bay region of southeast Alaska, better known as the Pebble Mine, will have on Native people. Tatiana shares that continued mining exploration in the traditional homelands of her people will result in the extinction of the fish camps and wild game that is has provided a staple diet for tribal people from this area for centuries. She adds that her family goes to “fish camp” in this region each summer and this long standing tradition is being threatened as a result of Pebble Mine.
Tatiana is a freshman at the University of Alaska, Anchorage where she is studying mechanical engineering. She hopes to use her education to work to affect positive change in how technological progress and traditional practices can work together for the good of all.
Tatiana was also honored through UNITY’s 25 Under 25 Leadership Awards program in 2016, where her commitment to cultural preservation, community leadership, and environmental responsibility was recognized. UNITY is proud of Tatiana’s accomplishments and we wish her continued success, health, and happiness.