Declaration of Pacific Law carried forth with Moananuiākea Voyage
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Southeast Alaska Native leaders call on other Pacific leaders to sign declaration, a symbol of collaboration and commitment toward shared goals surrounding climate justice.  

As the Moananuiākea voyage circumnavigates the Pacific Ocean over the next four years, communities around the Pacific Ocean will welcome their canoe, the Hōkūleʻa, to port. All are invited to join Southeast Alaska Native leaders in signing a declaration of sovereignty, relationship and collaboration across Moananuiākea and the ancient water highways and corridors that connect all Pacific peoples.


A globally-focused, Indigenousled venture of the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS), the Moananuiākea voyage for earth launched on June 15 from the port of Juneau, Alaska. The voyage will circumnavigate the Pacific Ocean over a five-year period, carrying a mission to inspire the next generation of navigators and amplifying a movement to care for the ocean its navigators will travel. 

A collective of supportive organizations and individuals from across Alaska, known as the Alaska Planning Crew, embraced the Moananuiākea voyage’s Alaska leg from its initial heritage sail around Southeast Alaska to a tribal welcome and global launch ceremony hosted on the traditional lands of the A’akw and Taku Kwáan people. The Alaska and Hawaiian planning crew collaborated to create a Declaration of the Sovereignty, Relationship, and Collaboration Across Moananuiākea and the Ancient Water Highways and Corridors that Connect Us, shared with the world during the Global Launch.  


Leaders from across Southeast Alaska, Hawai’I, Samoa, Tonga, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Taiwan, as well as many other representatives and several attendees came together at the global launch ceremony to sign the declaration, honoring the connection between Pacific peoples and the ocean that connects us, while ceremonially strengthening relationships across the Pacific Ocean. The ʻAha Moananuiākea Pacific Consortium and the Federation of United Pacific Peoples came together during this time to help advance the work of Indigenous caretaking of the Pacific.  


Despite thousands of years of our stewardship, Indigenous voices throughout environmental management and conservation regimes have been, and continue to be, consistently marginalized, ignored, and removed from decision-making positions and authority,” said Wáahlaal Gíidáak, steering committee member and First Alaskans Institute Director of Policy, who also serves on the Sealaska board of directors.

The need for a unified Indigenous voice to protect our oceans grows in urgency each year. The rate of disappearance of vital communities will double if Indigenous populations are no longer able to rely on our ways of life to fulfill essential needs. No matter where our Indigenous peoples live, they are born with an inherent responsibility to steward our ways of life and our homelands.” 


Following the signing, the declaration was presented to PVS president Nainoa Thompson. “We would like you to carry this on the voyage,” said Wáahlaal Gíidáak. “We hope to inspire other nations to join us and sign the declaration.” 


Thompson acknowledged a need for unity in the Pacific: “The world needs that voice. And the strength of that voice is when we are in the collective. Not in the actions that divide us. This is an honor and a privilege for Hōkūleʻa to take this to anybody that wants to join.”  


Find the declaration here.

Latest News

Sealaska Announces Spring Distribution of $19.2 Million

Posted 4/12/2024
As part of Sealaska’s continued investment in our communities and region, a spring 2024 distribution totaling $19.2 million will be issued to shareholders on Thursday, April 18. Sealaska’s board of directors approved the distribution at a meeting held in Juneau on Friday, April 12. The upcoming distribution includes dividends totaling $4.5 million from Sealaska’s ocean-health business platform, $3.1 million from the Marjorie V. Young (MVY) Shareholder Permanent Fund and an additional $11.6 milli...

Sealaska Spring 2024 Distribution Date Announced

Posted 3/19/2024
The Sealaska Board of Directors will meet on Friday, April 12, 2024, to approve the amount for Sealaska’s 2024 spring distribution. The distribution will take place on Thursday, April 18.  Shareholders can prepare for a seamless distribution by completing any enrollment or stock transfer paperwork, including gifting or inheritance, by Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m. The last day to make changes to addresses or direct deposit information is Monday, April 15, , before close of business, or online via M...

Sealaska announces Desiree Jackson to serve as Vice President of Administration and Outreach

Posted 3/6/2024
Jackson’s goals, experience are aligned with Sealaska’s vision for shareholders, communities and the region’s collective future. A focus on strategy, values and excellence has led Desiree Anax x’aséigu yé Jackson to her new role as Sealaska’s Vice President of Administration and Outreach. Jackson has served as the executive director of...

First Quarter Board Q&A provides shareholders an opportunity to connect with their board

Posted 3/4/2024
Members of Sealaska’s board of directors had an opportunity to connect with shareholders and answer questions during the Feb. 29 board Q&A session hosted on MySealaska. Directors Barbara Cadiente Nelson, Ka’illjuus Lisa Lang joined Executive Chair Joe Nelson and Board Youth Advisor Deikeenaak’w  Connor Ulmer in providing an update following January’s board meeting and shared upcoming opportunities and associated deadlines with participants. Sealaska’s language grant application period i...

Virtual Shareholder Orientation offers connection, information for original and new shareholders alike

Posted 2/26/2024
Sealaska’s Shareholder Relations team hosted a virtual shareholder orientation on Tuesday, Feb. 20 for an audience of nearly 170 shareholders from far and wide. This event offered both new and long-term shareholders a chance to learn more about the benefits and responsibilities of being a shareholder and answer questions about specific Shareholder Relations policies, procedures and protocol.   Shareholder Relations Manager Jodie Gatti, who joined the Sealaska team in November, was joined by...