Haa Tóoch LichéeshWe Believe it is Possible
Haa Tóoch Lichéesh resides on the unceded territory of the L’eedini Áakʼw Ḵwáan, also known as Juneau, Alaska. We acknowledge that Lingít Peoples have been stewards of this land since time immemorial and we are grateful for that stewardship and incredible care. We recognize the series of unjust actions that attempted to remove them from their land, which includes forced relocations and the burning of villages. We honor the relationships that exist between Lingít Peoples, their lands, their ancestors, and future generations. We aspire to work toward healing and liberation, recognizing our paths are intertwined in the complex histories of settler colonialism in Alaska. We acknowledge that we arrived here by listening to the peoples, Elders, and lessons from the past and these stories carry us as we weave a healthier world for future generations. We aspire towards truth, healing, and justice as we build a collective future where everyone can thrive.
(Painting by Leah Bennett)
Mission & Vision
We envision a socially just community in a reciprocal, healthy relationship with the land and with each other. Guided by the wisdom of our ancestors, we reckon with injustice and commit to healing and liberation, while honoring our interdependence. Together, we are imagining and creating a community free from violence.
- Equity & Inclusivity
- Respect // ldakát át áwé at yáa awooné a jeex̱ tootee
- Honoring Generations
- Lifting each other up // dikéede wooch gax̱toolsháat
- Healing & Accountability
- Courage // i gu.aa yáx̱ xʼwán
Supporting Juneau's LGBTQ2+ community
Rigid gender norms and patriarchal dominance are a root cause of violence. We stand with our beloved community, supporting survivors, uplifting youth, and celebrating love.
I toowú klatseenStrengthen your spirit
As a unique and temporary offering for the Covid era, we have also created a new, free program called I Toowú Klatseen (Strengthen Your Spirit) for boys AND girls in the 2nd through 5th grades. We will instill healthy life skills and encourage resilience in kids through outdoor exercise challenges and incentives, live Zoom coaching from awesome mentors, providing necessities like running shoes and winter gear, and social-emotional and cultural lessons. This program was adapted from the Boys Run I toowú klatseen program together with Tlingit & Haida and Sitkans Against Family Violence. For questions please contact email@example.com. Click below to sign up!
Girls on the Run
Every child deserves the opportunity to grow, connect and shine. The Girls on the Run evidence-based curriculum blends physical activity with skill development that enables girls to adapt to whatever comes their way. Whether in-person or virtually, trained volunteers are ready to guide girls through activities that creatively integrate movement in a fun and motivating way. For Juneau this fall, we are offering virtual-only teams for Covid safety. Our curriculum is adapted so that teams receive a high-quality experience with live online connection with coaches. We are also offering GOTR At Home, an activity kit with 50 interactive activities, T-shirt and videos for following the program at their own pace . Learn more and sign up at GOTRGreaterAlaska.org.
Facing violence and exploring the root causes is uncomfortable work. It is emotional work. We cannot do this work unless we are able to feel these big emotions, move through them, have hard conversations, recognize when we are triggered, observe fragility, to process these feelings and move through it all. In order to end violence, we must all address the trauma in our own lives and our ancestors, and we must cultivate empathy for those around us. Healing in a unique process for each of us, but is essential for all of us.