SBW recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day. We acknowledge that the Portland Metro region is seated on the unceded lands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Moalla, and many others. Today (or any day, really) is a good day to learn about the native people who managed our lands before colonialism and the natives who call Portland their home by reading Leading with Tradition.
Worldwide, indigenous people make up less than 5% of the total population. However, they manage or hold tenure over 25% of the world’s land surface which supports about 80% of the global biodiversity. Maintaining global biodiversity cannot only fall to a small number of Earth’s inhabits. This must be an active role all humans play. There are roles large and small for everyone. The most important role is the role that policymakers play in protecting human basic rights and preserving our natural resources.
SBW is a small step along the path. We provide education session that inspire individuals to ensure the next generations inherit a healthy climate for humans.
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