Territory Acknowledgement - Miiko Skin Co
We acknowledge with gratitude that this work takes place on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples of the Coast Salish Nation.
Miiko Skin Co is in its early stages of understanding the history and impact of colonialism on the local land. We look forward to learning, participating, and offering gifts of gratitude to the local communities to help contribute to the resurgence and revitalization of traditional knowledge and the well-being of all marginalized peoples who have undergone tremendous violence and trauma for generations due to systemic oppression from colonial power.
Why is this acknowledgement happening?
This acknowledgment and the steps afterward are important at Miiko Skin Co because our company’s purpose is rooted in nourishing relationships between people (and skincare) and nature (and plant-based ingredients) and invoking a sense of appreciation and connection between healthy people and a healthy planet.
The first peoples on these lands found remarkable ways to flourish in harmony with the land. The world is at a critical point in climate change and we feel the care and revival of traditional knowledge and culture is essential for a sustainable future.
What intentions does Miiko Skin Co have beyond this territory acknowledgement?
We would like to work with local artists and storytellers and find ways to share the history of the local land and the larger Turtle Island. We are particularly infatuated with oral histories and story-telling. We would love to get involved in any action or projects surrounding the resurgence of traditional oral narratives.
Miiko Skin Co is working towards developing mentorship and work opportunities for Indigenous folks interested in making and holistic skincare products. We are also interested in offering self-care DIY skincare workshops to local Indigenous communities. If you would like to discuss this more please contact us at: Kimiko@miikoskinco.com
By 2021, Miiko Skin Co will have launched their Momentum Project which will raise money in lump sums to help support Indigenous communities work towards their local goals in cultural revitalization, economic development, education, and work opportunities.
We recognize that we do not have a reconciliation plan at Miiko Skin Co but we are in the process of learning more about the cultural needs of our local communities, and will create a reconciliation plan over the next few years with the help of local wisdom keepers and hired Indigenous consultants.
Territory Acknowledgment Resource from: Native-Land.ca | Our home on native landTerritories
- Douglas Treaties (Link 1)
Languages spoken on this land:
SENĆOŦEN / Malchosen / Lkwungen / Semiahmoo / T’ Sou-ke (Link 1)
Additional Resources From Indigenous Perspectives Society: