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Dear KANA Supporter,

Quyanaasinaq for your support of our vision to create the best quality of care for all people on Kodiak Island. Guided by courtesy, respect, pride, caring, sharing, and our Native Sugpiaq Alutiiq values, KANA strives to elevate the quality of life for all we serve through the provision of excellent health and social services throughout the Koniag Region.

As an important partner in our community's health, we hope you find this information useful and relevant, and will share our progress and achievements with others in your community. Please reply to this email with any questions or comments; we appreciate your input and look forward to hearing from you.

This Week's News & Updates Include:


   -  Survivor Day: International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day | November 19
   -  Prevent Winter Falls and Slips: Injury Prevention Tips for Safe Winter Walking
   -  KANA's Last Chance Christmas Bazaar | December 9

Survivor Day: International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day | November 19

November 19 is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day—a day when people who’ve lost a loved one to suicide come together. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention invites you to join a 90-minute online program including a screening of the documentary Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life after Loss, a new AFSP-produced Survivor Day documentary that traces the grief and healing journey that follows a suicide loss over time. Drawing on stories and insights from the long-term loss survivors, the film shows us that through resilience and support we can achieve hope and understanding in our lives while celebrating the lives of those we lost.

Following the film will be a post-screening discussion on coping and healing after a suicide loss; and Q&A  Shannon Donnick, AFSP's Loss & Healing Programs Manager, Clarena Tobon-Guevara and Dionne Monsanto, suicide loss survivors and volunteers, and online viewers. If you cannot join the live viewing, you will be able to watch the recorded program at your convenience afterwards. 

Learn more and register at

You are not alone. Get support from a community of suicide loss survivors to find comfort and gain understanding as we share stories of healing and hope. 

Prevent Winter Falls and Slips: Injury Prevention Tips for Safe Winter Walking

The winter season is upon us and with it comes more darkness, colder weather, ice and freshly fallen snow. These conditions increase the risk of slip and fall related injuries like bruises, broken bones and more. Here are a few safety tips to help you avoid injury when walking on ice and snow this winter.

Tip #1 – Plan Ahead
When walking on ground that is slippery, walk slowly and take smaller steps. Give yourself enough time to get where you need to go without rushing. The risk of slipping and falling increases when you are in a hurry and are walking faster. Look for the safest route to your destination and avoid taking short cuts or walking on uneven ground.

Tip #2 – Wear the Right Shoes (or Cleats)
Proper footwear is a must during winter months. Choose pairs that have visible treads to provide traction and avoid wearing shoes or boots with smooth soles. Also consider investing in a pair of ice cleats or grippers.

Tip #3 – Keep Your Hands Free
Wear gloves so you can keep your hands out of your pockets. This helps you maintain balance and allows you the opportunity to protect and catch yourself if you do fall. Avoid distractions and wait to use your phone of dig into your purse or backpack until you’ve arrived safely at your destination.
KANA's Last Chance Christmas Bazaar | December 9 
Each year, the Kodiak Area Native Association hosts the Last Chance Christmas Bazaar to support our local businesses and crafters, and give back to the community.

This year, the bazaar will be held at 194 Alimaq Drive, the KANA/Koniag Building on Near Island. You'll be able to find traditional Alaska Native arts and crafts, jewelry, Christmas decor and decorations, skin care and body products, and much more. Get your child's photo taken with Santa, enjoy live entertainment and refreshments. 

All crafters are welcome to sign up for table space now. Space is limited, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to make sure you get a table. To register, please call Amber Chastine at 486-9821.
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