We are the descendants
of the original inhabitants of Southeast Alaska and we carry the
strengths of our culture and our Native values into the 21st century.
Our heritage is our connection to the land and our commitment to future
To survive as Alaska Native people we must
take the gifts of our past and use every effort today to keep our
culture, language, art, stories, songs and Native values alive.
success of Sealaska's business operations enables us to
support activities and programs that strengthen our cultural way of
life. The Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI)
is a Native nonprofit organization conceived by clan leaders, traditional scholars and Elders at the first Sealaska Elders Conference in 1980 and established in 1981 by Sealaska Corporation.
SHI seeks to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures. SHI does this through a range of educational and cultural programs, including: