Danielle Stickman | Anchorage
Communications and Outreach Director,Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association
Danielle Stickman received a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2010, and then returned to Alaska where she has worked for various state-wide nonprofit organizations that focus on issues related, but not limited to, fisheries, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and environmental conservation, and as a liaison between organizations and tribes.
Stickman approaches her work with the goal of supporting those who do not have access to resources or have not been provided adequate tools to support healthy evolvement within Western society and systems. Stickman, who is of Dena’ina and Koyukon descent, spent her early years in the village of Nondalton living a subsistence way of life and was taught by her family the importance of carrying on Native traditions.
“Alaska Native people had a resource management system that sustained our earth,” she explains. “This is rarely addressed and something I am very interested in learning more about and applying this to current Western systems. Native people have values relating to awareness and sustainability; this was the power that supported our ancestors.”
Stickman started helping with processing salmon when she was six years old and has worked in fisheries since she was a junior in high school. “Salmon is in my blood,” she says, “and I’d like to connect with others who work and live a salmon lifestyle. The salmon policy and management world is a place of rigid rules and order but I am working towards integrating my generation into that world and I’m trying to do it with innovation, cultural knowledge, scientific knowledge, and passion. I believe connecting with other salmon enthusiasts will inspire me in creating a successful young fisher program on the Yukon River and perhaps the rest of Alaska.”
Stickman brings to Alaska Salmon Fellows the diverse mix of experience living as an indigenous woman working in a dominantly male environment; a fishing lifestyle and work life; and the mindfulness and self-care practice gained through the intensive, year-long yoga training that she just completed. Raised in both rural and urban environments, she understands the subsistence views of salmon along with the commercial and sports fishing views.