Staff from BBNC’s construction and government services business lines traveled to Bristol Bay for a Subsidiary Cultural Exchange Immersion Program.
The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for BBNC subsidiary employees to learn about BBNC, its shareholders and the cultural diversity and Native way of life of Bristol Bay.
Participants visited Togiak, Naknek, King Salmon, South Naknek and Katmai National Park. The activities included visiting a museum, school, tribal council, Boys & Girls Club, stores and local businesses. They also ate meals and discussed small business with Elders and community members, went fishing and berry picking, learned how to cut fish with an ulu, and experienced a maqi (steam bath).
Participants visited the BBNC corporate office in Anchorage where they learned about the history and values of BBNC, met leadership and staff, and listened to shareholders that had been impacted by BBNC and subsidiary programs.
By the end of the trip, the participants developed a strong understanding of the cultural diversity, subsistence way of life, language and traditional activities of the people of Bristol Bay. They discovered how the work that individual employees and their companies do connects to BBNC and benefits shareholders, and taught them why the work they do is so important.