Last week, we shared our reflections and solidarity with Black Lives Matter on our social media channels and website. Like many of you, our country’s history of racism and resulting violence against Black lives is something that’s been on my mind almost constantly the past few weeks. How do we do more? How do we do better? How do we once and for all dismantle the racism that pervades daily living for people of color, and very specifically, Black people? I’ve been grappling with these questions and wanted to follow up on our statement last week with how we are moving this work forward at IslandWood.READ MORE
IslandWood's work is to inspire healthy, sustainable communities and a healthy, sustainable planet. Neither of which can truly happen in a world where racism exists. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement; with the loved ones of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others killed as a result of racism; and with all those who are and have long been fighting for justice, equity, and freedom from racism. As a historically white-led environmental education organization, we recognize the legacy of racism, injustice, and anti-Blackness within our field, and understand that we have perpetuated and benefited from racism and white supremacy. It is our responsibility to use our unearned privileges to combat racism and stand with those fighting for justice. We encourage our community to petition for justice, donate if able, and support Black-led organizations working towards racial equity. We will continue the work of becoming an anti-racist organization to better serve our communities, staff, and the planet. #BlackLivesMatterREAD MORE
To help keep our community and staff safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, IslandWood has made the decision to close all of our education programs, community events, private events, and conferences through the end of April. We will be continuing to run our graduate program via remote classes.READ MORE
IslandWood acknowledges that we live and work on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people, who have been stewards of this region's land and waters since time immemorial, and who continue to protect these lands and waters for future generations, as promised by the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, the Treaty of Point No Point of 1855, and the Treaty of Medicine Creek of 1854.
While the majority of our work takes place on Suquamish (suq̀ʷabš) and Duwamish (dxʷdɐwʔabʃ) land, we also conduct programs on the land of the Snohomish (sduhúbʃ), Puyallup (spuyaləpabš), Muckleshoot (buklshuhls), Skokomish (sqoqc’bes), and S’Klallam (nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm) peoples.
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