On March 29, 2012, Chickaloon Village Traditional Council’s Health and Social Services Department and the Sutton Public Library hosted a “Choose Respect” event in Sutton, Alaska. We chose to partner with Governor Sean Parnell on an initiative to work toward ending the epidemic of domestic violence in Alaska along with more than 120 other communities across Alaska. Communities gathered at various events to bring awareness to the issues surrounding domestic violence, sexual assault, and bullying.
Students from the Ya Ne Dah Ah School, local elders, and community members gathered together along with Barbara Henjum, the Director of the Division of Juvenile Justice and Warren Keogh, Assembly Member for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough for the weekly Elders’ Lunch program at our Ne’iine’ Hwnax (Chickadee House). After lunch, participants boarded the local Chickaloon Area Transit System (CATS) community bus to the local Sutton Fire Station before continuing the march through Sutton to the library for dessert.