February has several universally known celebrations such as Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and Mardi Gras. At Cape Fox Corporation, February 16th is also an important day of celebration when Alaska Natives celebrate Elizabeth Peratrovich Day. Elizabeth Peratrovich championed for Alaska Native rights. She fought for unity and diversity. Diversity has been a core issue for Americans, and we are reminded of an Alaska Native heroine, Elizabeth Peratrovich.
This year brought many challenges that no one could have predicted. Yet, through it all, Cape Fox Corporation (CFC) remained resilient and united. This spirit of unity meant 2020 ended with another year of growth. It also meant CFC could give back to our communities and our Shareholders more than ever. CFC has always included in its mission the need to provide for our communities and make them stronger. It is a tradition passed down from our Tlingit ancestors. We are proud to highlight the philanthropy exhibited throughout 2020 because Cape
The holiday season is often about giving to others. Cape Fox Corporation (CFC) believes now more than ever; we need to give back to our communities and to those in need. This year, that is just what CFC did. On December 15, 2020, CFC through its Cape Fox Cares Program gave the gift of food to the Saxman community who are our family and friends. CFC wanted to be sure the community would have the food before the holidays so everyone could enjoy a holiday family meal.
During these unprecedented times, giving back to our communities has become even more important. Tlingit natives have a strong belief in family and supporting the whole community. They believe that by giving back to others, you are making everyone stronger. The Tlingit natives of Cape Fox Corporation (CFC) have instilled these same beliefs into the organization. As the company continues to grow, CFC recognized the need to establish an organized, planned donation system. This new program is called Cape Fox Cares. The purpose of the program is to ensure CFC is giving back in the most effective way while still supporting our communities as much as possible.
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks with family and friends for the blessings in our lives that have occurred throughout the year. While the challenges of this year may make it harder to find those blessings, they are there. Cape Fox Corporation is thankful for its Saxman Village community. To show our gratitude and how much we care, Cape Fox is using this Thanksgiving to give back to the community.
The current pandemic has affected many across the nation. The Coronavirus’ impact, coupled with the close of our tourism season, had a devastating effect on Alaska and many of our Shareholders. Because we cherish our Shareholders and because Cape Fox Cares, On September 21, 2020, the CFC Board of Directors approved a 2020 Pandemic Disbursement for all Shareholders.
Did you know, during the worldwide pandemic a century ago, the 1918 Spanish flu, more people died per capita in Alaska than almost anywhere else in the world? It wiped out entire villages. While we fight this current pandemic, Alaska still has unique challenges that other places do not. In April, the U.S. Congress worked hard to provide families with relief. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and it included $8 billion for tribes within the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund.
In 2016, there were approximately 5.6 million Native people in the United States; this represents 2% of the population. By 2060, it is projected there will be 10.2 million. Alaska is the state with the largest Native population. Yet, Natives have been undercounted in the 2020 Census. Why is this important? Imagine being able to have adequate resources to help keep Native people safe in a more equitable Alaska. This vision does not happen on its own. By participating in the 2020 Census, you are making sure Alaska Natives count.