Irene Coyle leads a prayer in the Alutiiq language with Thelma Johnson, left and KANA’s newest therapist Anna Stevens at the opening of the Third Regional Child Abuse Prevention Summit. Jacob Resneck/KMXT photo
The 3rd Regional Child Abuse Prevention Summit got underway Tuesday morning with an invocation and prayer. The two-day summit is open to all community members to discuss and share strategies and give input in ways of combating child abuse within Kodiak’s communities. KMXT’s Jacob Resneck attended the opening ceremony at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center.
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The two-day summit began with an invocation given by Irene Coyle in the Alutiiq language.
— amb – alutiiq prayer
Helping organize the summit is Cindy Harrington from the Kodiak Area Natives Association.
— Harrington 1
Tuesday’s events will include a Community Café that begins at 5 p.m. with an informal pizza dinner. From there it’s designed to evolve into an open forum for community members to have a frank and open discussion about child abuse in the community.
The summit resumes Wednesday morning with a series of workshops on challenges in parenting, real experiences in childhood trauma and ways people can help the community move forward.
Those with questions about the summit can call KANA at 486-9800.
I’m Jacob Resneck