Equity at FMR
Friends of the Mississippi River believes that the Mississippi River belongs to all of us and that its ecological, recreational, economic and social benefits should flow to all people in our community. We are committed to the ongoing work of becoming culturally competent, welcoming and inclusive of all people both within our organization as well as in the range of issues and challenges that we engage in.
Read an account of our work so far to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at FMR and in the mainstream environmental movement.
Our board unanimously passed this equity statement in 2017.
To move our intentions into action, we worked with consultants at Culture Brokers to write our Equity Strategic Action Plan (ESAP) in 2018. The ESAP outlines concrete action steps, timelines and needed resources for achieving our equity goals.
Our work takes place on the ancestral homelands of the Dakota. The river — Haha Wakpa, Misi-ziibi, Mississippi River — we steward in Minnesota has long been stewarded by Native Nations including the Dakota and the Ojibwe.
Our diversity, equity and inclusion working group developed this list of resources about justice and the environment.