In all of our work, we take a stance of deep respect for American Indian Tribes, Alaska Natives, and First Nations communities. We believe a new model of development is possible only through respectful authentic engagement with the people who first inhabited the place we now call home.
In this TEDx Portland Talk from 2011, Ecotrust founder Spencer Beebe describes the origin of Ecotrust, when he and others worked in partnership with the Haisla First Nation to protect nearly 800,000 acres of forestlands and watersheds on the central coast of BC. This place is now known as the Kitlope Heritage Conservancy, or in the words of the Haisla people, Huchsduwachsdu Nuyem Jees (the source of milky blue water). Watch on Vimeo.
Since 2001, we have honored 57 indigenous leaders. Learn more about the Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award.