KWIK'PAK REGION - "KUIGPAGMIUT NEQSURTET" (LOWER YUKON FISH PEOPLE)
Welcome to our region!
The Yupik people’s culture is as rich and natural as the Yukon River and Bering Sea that sustains it. For more than 10,000 years, the Yupik people have lived in Western Alaska by way of a subsistence lifestyle tied to the lands and waters of the Lower Yukon region. Other groups have referred to the Yupik people of the Lower Yukon River as the “Fish People” because of their dependence on fish and seals.
Kwik’Pak Fisheries, established by the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association in 2001, ensures a fair commercial market to the Lower Yukon River regional fishermen it supports. In addition, Kwik’Pak Fisheries’ responsible development of fur (visit Kwikpak Fur), timber resources, river towing and construction (at Yukon River Towing), and the establishment of the Fisherman’s Store enables regional residents to prosper economically while remaining true to their culture and environment. The ancient dynamics between the Yupik people and their home are the foundation for Kwik’Pak Fisheries and the livelihood of those who fish its waters. Learn more
YUPIK VALUES: Each Yup'ik community member is interconnected to every other community member and together, the group is responsible for the survival of cultural values and traditions. Through this extended family, Yup’iks retain, teach, and live their way. With guidance and support from elders, Yup'ik children are taught the values of respect for others, sharing, humility, hard work, spirituality, cooperation, family roles, knowledge of family and language, hunting and domestic skills, conflict avoidance, humor, and respect for the land.
Kwik'Pak is proud to support the culture and communities of the region through fair seafood purchasing practices and employment opportunities at all stages of our operation. By fostering a sustainable fishery and investing our revenue directly in the region, Kwik'Pak Fisheries promotes cultural and individual wellness through positive economic and social activity in the spirit of traditional Yupik values.