About Us

 

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.

Our Values

  • Decolonization // Nothing for us, without us 
  • Equity & Inclusivity
  • Respect // ldakát át a yaa ayaduwanéi 
  • Our Ancestors // Haa Shuká
  • Vulnerability
  • Lifting each other up // dikéede wooch gax̱toolsháat
  • Healing & Accountability 
  • Intentionality
  • Courage // I gu.aa yaxh x’wán 
  • Transformation 

Our Logo

Haa Tooch Licheesh addresses social justice issues within our community and works to transform individual, institutional, and systemic inequities. With this in mind, I have worked to create a logo that embodies the values of the coalition. A few of these values are: lifting one another up, healing, equality, decolonizing, respect and transforming.

The purple band with U shapes and Ovoids represents unity in the face of domestic violence awareness.

The golden hands represent healing, protection and the support that comes from holding one another up.

Between the hands are forget-me-not flowers, which represent the growth and transformation that will take place in the light of healing, protection, and support of all of those who are involved. Forget-me-nots, not only represent the growth of this coalition but the name serves as a reminder to never forget those who are affected by social injustices.

Andrea Cook

The Artist: Andrea Cook

My Haida name is T’saak Ka Juu (Singing Eagle) and my birth name is Andrea Cook. I am from Hydaburg, Alaska, but currently reside in Juneau.

I have practiced the art of Formline since I was 13 years old. Formline has represented my peoples stories, history, and world view long before our language was put into the written form of Xaad Kil. Which is what motivates me to continue my growth as a Haida artist. I have not yet had a mentor in  Formline; But I have received tips from several other artists which has greatly improved my form over the years. I warmly welcome advice from mentors and hope to be an apprentice one day.

In 2018 I began working under Tlingit Master Carver, Wayne Price at the University of Alaska Southeast, where I currently am studying to receive my Associates of Arts Degree. With Wayne’s guidance I have made my own carving tools, learned how make bentwood boxes, feast bowls, and spoons. He has also allowed me to help paint his Healing Totem in May 2019 after recognizing my skill in painting.

My specialty is painting. I have painted dance aprons, drums, canvas, panels and carved works. I love making art that is used, I believe that each piece I create has a spirit.
I am only just beginning my career as a Haida artist and I am eager to delve into my life’s endeavours. I come from a long line of Haida Master Carvers including Dwight Wallace and his son John Wallace who are my late grandfathers. To continue my family’s line of artistry is my true passion.

Equity in Organizations

We are in the process of developing resources for local organizations to use as they move towards authentic equity in practice.

Click on the pictures below to read the drafts.

Oppression & Violence

Oppression and violence are societal problems with tragic personal consequences interwoven into the fabric of our experiences. Violence is maintained within systems of oppression, often committed through (coercive) force, and by use of power and control. We see this violence in the exploitative relationship between capitalism and the land, in the objectification and dehumanization of women and LGBTQ+ communities, and in the oppression of indigenous, brown, and black people. Racial, gender, ableist, and colonial violence must end. We aim to end violence for everyone, knowing our liberation is rooted in our interdependence and is all bound up together and we do so by addressing the inequities for communities most impacted by this violence.