Youth, Language, Cultural Programs through Sealaska Heritage Institute

Sealaska took on the responsibility of protecting Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian culture while strengthening the “container of wisdom” left by our Elders. As a result, Sealaska established Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) in 1980 to administer cultural and educational programs.

Since inception Sealaska has donated roughly $30.6 million in cash donations and in-kind services to Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Sealaska donated the land for SHI’s Walter Soboleff Building plus $1 million to help construct the cultural facility. The institute raised an additional $18 million in construction dollars.

SHI promotes cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee, and a Southeast Regional Language Committee. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

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