1/27/2021 In 1990, with Hawaiʻi’s koa forests in decline, Sealaska Corporation gifted two Sitka spruce logs to the Polynesian Voyaging Society to build the Hawaiʻiloa canoe. Today, an exciting cultural-educational partnership brings together Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, and Native Hawaiian communities. In this native leadership discussion, Sealaska Chair Joe Nelson reminds youth that their culture and native identity is their competitive edge. CEO Anthony Mallott believes that connectedness among indigenous peoples builds collective confidence for social change. Tlingit and Haida Central Council President Richard Peterson says we must nurture our “inner ancestor.” Cultural Heritage and Education Director Sarah Dybdahl draws on the anecdotes of elders for planning and decision-making. This program is dedicated to the late Tlingit leader, PVS board member, and ‘Aha Moananuiākea guiding elder, Byron Mallott.