Creating a Community of Care
Culturally Safe & Equitable Spaces for Youth
- 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
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.
Theory of Change
No tree grows alone, independent of a larger forest. We honor our interconnectedness and understand that all of the work we do involves transformation and change from the inside out, beginning with ourselves. While on this journey, we have identified that our collective work spans across these areas as outlined below:
Healing and Transformation
Doing inner work is necessary to do the outer work. We will prioritize our own healing, wellness, and full expression of our authentic selves. We start here.
Centering Relationships, Working Across Generations
Building community connectedness and a community of care through the coalition. We will create intentional spaces of belonging that are intergenerational, inclusive, and regenerative to sustain and support each and every one of us.
Learning and Unlearning
We will commit to an ongoing journey of self-discovery and practice within areas that inspire, nourish, and challenge what we already know. We also recognize the work is beyond simply shifting our moral consciousness and needs to be oriented towards action.
Remembering the Past to Build a Collective Future
Changing systems of oppression through legal, policy, & institutional advocacy. We will look to our ancestors and those most impacted by violence to build a future for all.
“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.”
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.”