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In this Issue
August 2020

  • Watershed Alliance Updates
  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Volunteer Opportunities with Clark County
  • Raising Up BIPOC Environmental Voices 
  • In the Community (Virtually)
Watershed Alliance Updates

Greetings! We took some time off last month to enjoy summer but now we are back on track with our newsletter and updates. Typically around this time of year we would be prepping for the various community events, such as the Sturgeon Festival, Watershed Festival, the Old Apple Tree Festival, and Make A Difference Day. While the three festivals are cancelled this year, we are excited to announce a tentative Save the Date for our annual Make A Difference Day Tree Planting.

Though the event will look very different from previous years, we are crossing our fingers for a successful, socially distanced event on Saturday, October 24th. We hope to have more information soon, stay tuned!


Until next month,
Sunrise, Bethany, Celina and Tom

Land Acknowledgement
We all live on stolen Native land. Acknowledging who’s land you live on is a simple but powerful way of respecting and honoring the Indigenous Peoples and their communities. It is a step forward towards correcting the stories and practices used to erase Indigenous Peoples’ history, culture and livelihood.
 
Long before white colonial settlement, this area was originally populated by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, the southwestern Coast Salish Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest. They lived and thrived in profound, complex and interdependent relationships with the land. The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is still here and deeply connected to the land. They remain at the forefront of social and environmental justice to protect the earth and the life that earth sustains. 
 
“Tribal members engage in a rich cultural practice of old Cowlitz lifeways such the Smelt, Salmon and River Ceremonies.  They join coastal tribes in Canoe Journeys on major waterways.  They drum and sing at ceremonies throughout the year and as called upon for funerals, naming ceremonies, healings and celebration.  The Cowlitz Pow-Wow is one of the largest in southern Washington.  The Cowlitz Tribe is a significant employer and contributor to local economies. ” – www.cowlitz.org  
 
We pay our respect to the elders of the past, present and future who have stewarded this land for generations. We encourage you to learn more about the Cowliz Indian Tribe and the many other tribes that live and thrive throughout SW Washington and beyond. To learn who's land you are living on, click here.
Volunteer Opportunities with Clark County

While our staff is not organizing this, our partners at Clark County are currently offering independent and small group volunteering. Both volunteer options are mostly self-directed with minimal support from the county. Most of the support provided is offering litter bags, gloves and assigning locations of where to engage in activities. Most volunteers engage in litter cleanup, invasive plant removal, and trail maintenance. To learn more and register, click here.

Additionally, Clark County will have a socially distanced volunteer work party for National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 26th. To learn more and register, click here.

Raising Up BIPOC Environmentalist Voices
In the Community (Virtually)
Repair Clark County Goes Remote
When: Tuesday, August 25th, 4:00pm - 6:00pm 
Where: 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy Vancouver, WA 98683

Repair Clark County leverages the power of volunteers with unique skills to repair broken household items-for free. Due to health concerns, all scheduled Repair Clark County events have been canceled for 2020. Instead, We are piloting a program where you can drop off/pick up your items for repair. Go here to read more and click here to register your items for repair.  Preregistration is required for all items, but is free and only takes a few moments to complete.

Peace and Justice Fair
When: Saturday, September 12th, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Where: From the comfort of your own home

Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair will be virtual this year. On Saturday, September 12 we plan to present an online fair-like experience with some of your favorite activities from the fair—music, reenactors, and exhibitors—all via video!
https://vancouverpeaceandjusticefair.org
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