We live and work on unceded territories of the Coast Salish people on the west coast of Canada. We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen People, whose land is where the assembly and design of our products take place and the Songhees, Esquimalt, Tsartlip, Tseycum and Tsawout peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. Many of us tune in to work from the mainland; the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
The action we take as part of our land acknowledgement is to donate 1% of our proceeds to our charity partner Raven Trust, an non-profit, whose mission is to provide access to justice for Indigenous Nations. Check out their recent win in BC Supreme court that has successfully stopped mining in Tsilhqot’in territory.
[Image curtesy of Raven Trust from their fundraiser event Festival Afloat]
We chose “LÜMI Gives” as part of our product identity for the light it shines and for the hope it brings; we can do better for our planet and humanity. We understand that a grounded sustainability mission must be inclusive and intersectional. The first step we can all take towards creating a sustainable, inclusive events is to start from the ground up and learn about the land you live, work, rest, play and party on.
We asked Caitlyn Kerr, Event and Business Outreach Coordinator at Raven Trust about where folks can start their journey to building sustainable events and reconciliation (read the full interview) and she shared with us is to start the journey by looking deeply at the land we stand on. We offer these question to our event organizers, our partners, our customers and friends:
Where are you standing?
Where does your next event take place?
Where do you do your work?
Where do you rest and feel safe?
What are the traditional names of these places?
Need a resource? Start here.
We have much to learn about how to decolonize ourselves, our minds, our work. Please contact us and send us your thoughts and questions.