The Calista Education and Culture, Inc. (CEC) is a nonprofit that represents 1,300 Yup’ik tradition-bearers of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Southwest Alaska. In 2014, the former Calista Heritage Foundation (est. 1980) merged with the Calista Elders Council (est. 1991) to become the research, scholarship, and assistance organization it is today. Beginning in 2000, with the support of the National Science Foundation, CEC worked with Indigenous elders to document Yup'ik place names. CEC's Board of Elders wanted to teach young people the rich history and named places of their homeland, including settlement sites and landscape features. In 2010, CEC partnered with ELOKA, creating a website and online atlas to host, share, and teach about place names to Yup'ik youth and the public. In 2017, the ELOKA-CEC partnership expanded to include the Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD), which adopted the atlas for its Yup'ik language program. ELOKA provides atlas training and support to teachers, interns, and others interested in Yup'ik place names, language, and traditional knowledge.
Snowchange Cooperative is a network of indigenous cultures in the Circumpolar North. Based in Finland, the organization is devoted to protecting Finnish traditions and culture, but has alliances with other indigenous cultures across the globe. The Snowchange Project began in early 2001 as a multi-year education-oriented initiative to document Indigenous observations of climate change in northern regions. Snowchange is collaborating with ELOKA to present the history, culture, and contemporary environmental situation of the Indigenous Chukchi communities and traditional fishing and reindeer herding communities of Finland.
Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association (YRDFA) works to protect and promote all healthy fisheries and cultures along the Yukon River drainage. YRDFA was established in 1990, becoming an essential intermediary between the fishing community and fishery managers. ELOKA will build a website to share the spoken language and traditional Place names that YRDFA has been documenting within a region of the Koyukuk River, a tributary of the Yukon River.
Yukon River Inter-tribal Watershed Council is an Indigenous grassroots organization, consisting of 70 First Nations and Tribes, dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Yukon River Watershed in Alaska and the Yukon Territory. ELOKA is developing an online atlas to display gathered data and information on water quality and other environmental factors for the Yukon River that we are building upon for the Chevak Traditional Council.