Alaska Mining Impacts Collective

Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF) is working to support a community-driven process to convene a new state-wide collective of individuals and organizations coalescing around industrial-scale hardrock mining issues across Alaska.

Visioning Calls: To maximize the opportunity for participation, ACF hosted three identical 90-minute visioning calls. The purpose of the calls was to gain broad input on the community needs and desires of a state-wide mining impacts collective. All three calls had an identical agenda. We wanted to offer three different days and times to expand participation. We invite nearly 50 individuals to share their broad input on the community needs and desires for an Alaska mining impacts collective.

  • Sign up for visioning call – option 1: Wednesday, August 31, From 10 AM AKT – 11:30 AM AKT
  • Sign up for visioning call – option 2: Thursday, September 8, from 12:00 PM AKT to 1:30 PM AKT.
  • Sign up for visioning call – option 3: Tuesday, September 13, from 3 PM AKT to 4:30 PM AKT.

Survey: In addition to hosting visioning calls, we have a survey. The survey allows those who join a visioning call to provide even more input. Additionally, the survey allows those unable to attend the visioning calls to give input. Folks who fill out the survey before September 14 will be entered in a drawing to win $100!

In-person Meeting: Alaska Conservation Foundation is hosting a two-day (Oct 4 and 5) in-person meeting with a maximum of 35 individuals to launch the Alaska mining impacts collective. To participate in this meeting, please apply by 11:59 AKT on Wednesday, September 14. Note: ACF will provide financial assistance (travel, childcare, food, housing) for those who need it most. 

Why: ACF fears industrial-scale mining for metals and minerals is the next big extractive resource development threat in our historically resource extractive state. ACF aims to support communities facing current and potential mining projects. For a Just Transition, future metal and mineral extraction to build the clean energy economy must consider the potential impacts it will have on local communities, and ACF is committed to preventing our communities from becoming “sacrifice zones.” After the Alaska Conference on Mining Impacts and Prevention, ACF asked how/if we should continue to support mining impacts and prevention efforts. Conference participants overwhelmingly stated the need for ACF to play a continued convener role to support further community development, relationship building, communication, and coordination. This is why we are starting the process of launching a mining impacts collective, with the longer-term goal of this collective being self-sustaining. 

Our Values:

  • Include and elevate Indigenous, impacted, and potentially impacted voices. Build from the success of the March mining conference. 
  • Support the vision of others by not having this process be funder-driven.
  • Uplift and provide financial and coordination resources.
  • Preserve and protect Alaska lands and waters, allowing future generations to thrive.

How: ACF formed an Advisory Team to ensure the overall representation of mining impacts across Alaska is part of planning this effort from the beginning. That was step one, and we aim to grow this conversation through three 90-minute visioning calls, a broadly distributed survey, and a two-day in-person meeting.

Who’s on the Advisory Team:

  • Delores Larson, Deputy Director, United Tribes of Bristol Bay
  • Jones Hotch Jr., Vice President, Chilkat Indian Village
  • Sophie Swope, Director, Mother Kuskokwim Tribal Coalition
  • Tim Bristol, Executive Director, SalmonState
  • Vicki Clark, Executive Director, Trustees for Alaska
  • Additionally, ACF has contracted Alli Harvey and Lauren Criss-Carboy with Information Insights to help with the initial facilitation and support of the community-driven process to convene the mining impacts collective. 

Questions: If you have questions or want to discuss the visioning calls, the survey, in-person meeting application, or our community-driven process, please contact Dan Cannon, Public Lands Coordinator, at (907) 433-8214 or dcannon@alaskaconservation.org.