Wilderness Awareness School is on the Indigenous Land of Coast Salish peoples who have reserved treaty rights to this land, specifically the Snoqualmie Tribe (sdukʷalbixʷ). In an effort to honor the land where we live and learn, as well as the Indigenous Nations who have tended to it for generations, and continue tending to it beyond the settlements of the Treaty of Point Elliot of 1855, we acknowledge the history of colonization and the ongoing fight for promised treaty-rights that continue to shape Indigenous-settler relationships in our community and our bioregion.
Our organization aims to lead with a spirit of compassion, deep reflection, and understanding. We begin this effort by honoring the truth of the history that brings us to where we are today. Colonization is an ongoing process and the Snoqualmie People continue to be resilient in tending to their ecological and cultural lifeways. It is a privilege for us to be here on their ancestral lands. We thank these caretakers of this land who have lived, and continue to live, here since time immemorial.
Supporting Indigenous Nations
Wilderness Awareness School is committed to taking actionable steps to support the Indigenous Nations who live on the lands where our school operates and resides. Some of our commitments include:
- Becoming a corporate member of the Hibulb Cultural Center, which is both a rich public educational resource and a source of civic pride for the Tulalip Tribes of Washington.
- Participating in Snoqualmie Tribe’s Habitat Restoration projects, which are working to restore traditional ecological knowledge through tree plantings, noxious weed removal, and trail building.
- Paying Real Rent to the Duwamish Tribal Services to support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe.
- Donating to the Lummi Nation’s Sacred Sea project which is working to protect and revitalize the Salish Sea.