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Right Relations Collaborative

Date & Time
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

'Cúagilákv Jess Housty (Qqs Projects Society) and Kim Hardy (MakeWay Foundation) share insights from the evolving Right Relations Collaborative, a new effort to address white supremacy and power dynamics in conventional philanthropy by inviting Indigenous Aunties to set the terms for values-based relationships. The Collaborative includes core funding and key offerings for rural and remote Indigenous communities and organizations; a facilitated space for funders to identify and unlearn harmful philanthropic practices; and a shared space where both come together in right relationship. Join us for a dialogue about the story and values that drive this work and the incredible leaders who are shaping this space.

Connect with Jess here: jessie@qqsprojects.org

Session Type
Project Spotlight
Session Tags
Social Justice, Allyship/Activism, Cultural Transformation, Indigenous Teaching, Systems Change
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Jess Úst̓i (Housty) is a mother, writer, and citizen of the Haiłzaqv (Heiltsuk) Nation. She is executive director of Qqs (Eyes) Projects Society, a Haiłzaqv charitable non-profit offering youth and family programs focused on cultural resurgence, stewardship, and food sovereignty. She is also a poet, a plant worker, and a community organizer who cut her teeth organizing opposition to pipelines, tankers, and trophy hunting. Jess served her nation for nearly nine years as an elected Haiłzaqv tribal councillor where she championed the stewardship portfolio. She also co-leads the Right Relations Collaborative with Kim Hardy. She lives in her unceded ancestral homelands in Bella Bella with her husband, children, and extended kin.
Jess Úst̓i (Housty)
Kim Hardy is Lead, Pacific Partnerships at MakeWay Foundation (formerly Tides Canada). Kim works with funders, change makers and innovators to collaborate around and activate shared solutions. Based in the unceded territories of the Ləkʷəŋən speaking peoples (Victoria, BC) Kim values the importance of learning/unlearning, the power of collaboration and networks and creating spaces for innovation and acceleration of solutions towards equity and ecological resilience.
Kim Hardy