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.

Visionary Council

Gunalchéesh. Háw’aa. Quyana. Chin’an. Thank you to the Visionary Council:

Christina Love, Cecelia Wesman, Talib Westman, Kaatssaawaa Della Cheney, Dáxkílatch Kolene James, Meryl Connelly-Chew, Tl’aagunk Renee Culp, Corlé LaForce, Chooshdatláa Nicole Anderson, Kaasei Naomi Michaelson, A Dayeen Yan Haani David Abad and Koon Ya Nagoodi Ati Nasiah.

The visionary council is a circle of advisors coming from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds to ensure decisions, on behalf of the coalition, are made through an equitable lens. The goal of this council is to bring together leaders in our community to create opportunities where members can thrive, grow resilient communities, and build sustainable movements. Together, we move forward embracing our whole selves and to lead with love.

Thank you to beloved Elders Kaatssaawaa Della Cheney and Kaaxkwhei Leona Santiago, as well as co-founder and mentor Dáxkílatch Kolene James, for your ongoing support and wisdom. Appreciation to A Dayeen Yan Haani David Abad and Koon Ya Nagoodi Ati Nasiah for your years of deep listening, organizing, and coordinating coalition efforts. We have nurtured important relationships and made new ones as we deepen our work and efforts. Thank you to our partners for co-creating a community of care.

Our Values

  • Decolonization 
  • Equity & Inclusivity
  • Respect // ldakát át áwé at yáa awooné a jeex tootee 
  • Honoring Generations
  • Vulnerability
  • Lifting each other up // dikéede wooch gax̱toolsháat
  • Healing & Accountability 
  • Intentionality
  • Courage // i gu.aa yáx x’wán 
  • Transformation 

Our Logo

The Haa Tóoch Lichéesh Coalition 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 for 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 people’s stories, history, and world view long before our language was put into the written form of Xaad Kíl. 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 Lingít Master Carver, Wayne Price, at the University of Alaska Southeast. With Wayne’s guidance I have made my own carving tools, learned how make bentwood boxes, feast bowls, and spoons. He 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.