Elders and Youth gathered in Fairbanks on Monday for the 30th annual conference.

This year's theme is "We Are Our Ancestors."

Through Wednesday, Alaska Native elders and youth will gather at the Carlson center for various panels, group discussions and cultural events.

The elders and youth conference is aimed at developing leadership in native youth by learning from the wisdom and experience of native elders.

The annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention follows Elders and Youth starting on Thursday and running through Saturday.