We at Community Action Initiative (CAI) believe in the power of community to bring us together and help create a better, more just world. We acknowledge that our work takes place on the unceded traditional homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples. Specifically, our office is on the homelands of the skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), selílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəýəm (Musqueam) Nations.
Through our 10+ years of work we also recognize the forced displacement of Indigenous people in their own lands and that our work and gathering of people across the province takes place on many traditional and unceded homelands. For those of us who are settlers, we have a responsibility to understand how today’s accepted practices of grant making are the product of very specific histories. We commit to doing our own internal work and to building relationships with others so that we can transform ourselves and shift mainstream funding practices in service of equity, truth, and reconciliation.