We acknowledge that settler colonizers and imperialists from Europe took the unceded lands on which we gather from the indigenous ancestors and present-day peoples who have stewarded land, water, and living beings since time immemorial. This land known as the United States of America was and continues to be held by force.
Leaping Water LLC is grounded on the forcibly ceded lands of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other tribes, bands, and nations who made their homes and trading centers along Nch’i-wana (“The Big River”), whose ancestors and present-day peoples have cared for these lands, waters, and living beings since time immemorial, and for whom these lands, waters, and living beings are vital to their cultures, ceremonies, and traditions to this day. #LandBack
We acknowledge that the dominant culture is based on stolen land and forced, unpaid, or coerced labor of enslaved Africans and many other groups. We are in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. We commit to a regenerative culture that dismantles and heals racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, white supremacy, militarism, incarceration, colonialism, capitalism, and more. We commit to replace these with true justice and caring respect.
Call to Action
We ask you to search for whose lands you are on and think about your role in coming to be there. You may live on your own ancestral lands, you may be an occupier of lands whose original caretakers were given no choice in your existence there. Maybe you or your ancestors were forcibly moved or forcibly taken from your own ancestral lands. Reflect and act on your responsibilities to Indigenous and Black peoples given this information.